We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Garle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, how do you think about risk?
I think taking educated risks is one of the biggest keys to success in the entertainment business. This business is filled with rejections and more “no’s” than “yes” so being able to find ways to create opportunities and work for yourself is essential. It’s definitely been scary and vulnerable for me but I think it has given me a thicker skin to be able to feel confident in what I can bring to the table.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been one of the lucky few thanks to the support of my mom that has grown up doing what she always wanted to do as a kid. After being in the studio audience of Gullah Gullah Island, I knew that I wanted to be like those kids acting in front of the camera. I started acting at age 4, taking classes and doing castings. I landed my first commercial age 5 for Juicy Juice and the rest was history. I’ve always loved being on-set and on-stage, it was where I have found my strength and courage in my darkest times. When I was eight years old I started booking Spanish Soap Operas, filming between Miami and Latin America and did that until about 16 years old.
At 17 I was accepted into NYU Tisch’s Summer High School Abroad program and lived in Dublin, studying. I was lucky enough to be cast in a profesional play at the Dublin Trinity Center and stayed past my program to fulfill my contract. Dublin was one of those life “book marks” that solidified my love for acting.
Since then, I’ve been blessed to work as an actor all over the country as well as Latin America and Europe both on-screen and on-stage. During the pandemic, I have been fortunate enough to continue working as an actor in theatre thanks to companies like City Theatre, Theatre Lab, American Stage and Palm Beach Dramaworks creating opportunities for us to act virtually. Additionally booking commercials and playing “Melissa” in HUMAN NATURE and “Francine” in JUST MY TYPE two South Florida based TV Pilots being pitched to networks.
Aside from being an actor, I am also a millennial, haha, I’m pretty good at social media and I currently run City Theatre’s social media as well as Theatre Lab’s social media for their most recent production Ich Bin Ein Berliner.
I also am a teaching artist. I have been teaching for 8 years mostly to teens but have also done adult courses, doing acting workshops/classes for both stage and screen acting, private coaching, running musical theatre summer/spring camps and creating plays from scratch with kids using their ideas or educational curriculum. Additionally working with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Behavioral Health unit and leading acting work shops with kids in the unit dealing with mental health issues as well as work with The Bridge Foster Care System.
It’s humbling to be able to make a living in the arts, I can’t imagine living another way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love a good staycation! I am always looking to vacation in my own back yard! My perfect day would start off at Morgan’s Restaurant for brunch, a nice day pass and massage at The Standard Spa, a sushi dinner at Katana in Normandy Village and finish off with some drinks at Shuckers and sneak in a couple of rounds of pool at K&K Billiards.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Margaret Ledford – Artistic Director of City Theatre
Bachi Frost Morgan Sophia Parker American Stage Sean Patrick