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The Lawyer Turned Actor — Ricardo Vargas

Ricardo Vargas is a lawyer who always had a passion for acting. So, he followed his dreams and has since appeared in TV commercials, shows, and even a music video with Lana Del Rey.

He has also been on set with many A-list celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Melissa McCarthy, and more.

Ricardo’s journey started out like many others.

As a kid, he aspired to be an actor, but the reality that acting may not pan out caused him to pursue a law degree. 

He explains: “Since I was a kid, acting was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but I also wanted to have a degree, just to have a plan A in case plan B (acting) didn’t work.”

He graduated from law school back in 2019 and worked as a lawyer for a couple of years. With acting still on his mind, he spent a couple of years saving as much money as he could. Then, he made the move to Los Angeles to give acting a shot.

After some time in acting school, he looked for different acting opportunities and found work acting in short films, commercials, movies, and TV shows. Recently, he took a role as one of the Menendez brothers in a new True Crime TV Show. 

Commenting on his acting journey, Ricardo remarks: “Honestly, this journey has been amazing, and every day I feel so blessed to be able to be in The City of Angels pursuing my dream.”

As can be expected, Ricardo’s journey was not all smooth sailing—he also had his fair share of challenges to overcome. One of the biggest challenges he faced has been not having family members and others he loves live close by.

Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, Ricardo’s family does not live close by. As can be imagined, being alone in a new city was hard for Ricardo. He explains:

…[T]here are times when you feel lonely and unmotivated, and the only person who can cheer you up is you. I have missed several family birthdays and close friends’ weddings because I was working. And I am super thankful for all the work that I’ve done, but I knew this was part of my commitment to acting and every dream comes with its challenges and sacrifices that will eventually lead me to where I want to get. 

He’s also learned many important lessons along the way. One of his biggest pieces of advice to others is to “…DO NOT let anyone tell you that you’re not capable of doing something. You have to believe in yourself because if you don’t, no one else will.”

As for Ricardo’s future, he plans to become a great actor and, as a longtime fan of the horror franchise SCREAM, he hopes to one day play a part in the franchise.

All in all, Ricardo Vargas’ passion for acting led him to take a chance and leave his job as a lawyer to become a Hollywood star. Because of his choice, he has since played many roles in commercials, shows, and films and is on his way to a very successful acting career.

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