Andrew Lopez graduated from Iowa State in 2012 with a big in communications. Promptly just after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his desire of getting to be a filmmaker.
Now, Lopez acts, writes and does standup in LA.
“I’m a stand-up comedian and an actor, I do anything and I consider not to be unhappy, that’s my working day to day,” Lopez stated.
As a university student at Iowa Point out, Lopez was pretty concerned on campus. He worked at the Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union, was on the Ethos journal workers and served organize VEISHEA when it was even now all-around. He was also involved with Grandma Mojo’s improv troupe and would conduct standup at the Routine maintenance Shop open mic nights.
“I labored at the M-Shop in the morning marketing tickets there, then I was the Pupil Union Board carrying out arts president, I did VEISHA booking, I would not go to my lessons and then at night time I performed a lot,” Lopez stated.
The very first time Lopez did standup was at VEISHA in 2009, at a stand-up competitors referred to as “VEISHA Claims I’m Funny” in which he positioned third.
Operating for the College student Union Board, Lopez was liable for booking stand-up acts to complete at Iowa Point out. He experienced the plan that by booking these comedians, he would then have the prospect to open for them and then test to develop into their good friends. Concerning 2009 and 2012 he opened for comedians like Donald Glover, Pete Davidson, T.J Miller, Bo Burnham and Nick Offerman.
Instantly following graduating in May possibly 2012, Lopez experienced an job interview at Innovative Artists Company in LA after performing with them through the Student Union Board. He moved to LA with $250 and nowhere to remain. He was presented the work 6 months later.
“I moved into a crack property in Koreatown, I worked at a coffee store two days a 7 days and a Ideal Purchase just one day a 7 days, and I cried for like 4 months,” Lopez stated.
The only other human being Lopez understood was Ty Stafford, an Iowa Point out alumnus who was functioning at Red Bull at the time. They experienced met doing the job at “Varieties” at Iowa State, which was a talent demonstrate for the fraternities on campus.
Tyler was definitely a important function for me, Lopez mentioned.
In 2018, Lopez had an acting part in the film “Blockers.” Shortly after the premiere, Lopez was ingesting at a cafe when he saw his preferred comedian, Jo Koy, seated at a nearby table.
“My motion picture experienced just premiered, he experienced just won stand-up comedian of the calendar year in 2018, he’s Filipino, I’m Filipino, we had been at a Filipino restaurant and he was sitting future to me,” Lopez mentioned. “I’m gonna wander up to him and question if I can operate with him.”
This conversation resulted in Lopez touring with Koy for two several years and earning a producer credit score on his stand-up distinctive “In His Components.” In the course of the tour, Lopez was in a position to vacation to the Philippines and meet family there he experienced hardly ever satisfied.
In addition to functioning in comedy, Lopez has also labored on a assortment of movie sets — “Mike and Dave Want Marriage Dates,” “Neighbors 2” and “The Household.”
“I put in like 6 months working with Will Ferrell every day and like 6 months hanging out with Seth Rogen each day on ‘Neighbors’ and Adam DeVine and Zac Efron on ‘Mike and Dave Need Marriage ceremony Dates,’” Lopez claimed.
Lopez’s suggestions to learners who aspire to be in demonstrate enterprise and the executing arts is to just do it and you will uncover yourself alongside the way.
“Just glance up from your cellphone, look around, discuss to individuals and the people in your surroundings will assist you get where by you wanna go,” Lopez claimed.
In the foreseeable future, Lopez hopes to carry on doing the job in movie. He hopes to create something that is accurate and honest and evokes emotion in some others the way his beloved motion picture does.
“My beloved movie is ‘When Harry Achieved Sally,’ I remember observing it when I was a child and crying my eyes out,” Lopez explained.
He is at this time doing the job with Forex to create and star in a Television set show called “Iowa” about a fictionalized variation of his lifestyle in Ames postcollege graduation.