Upfront with D’angelo Thompson: An Interview with Actor Eduardo Ramos
Eduardo Ramos is an actor and director, specifically known for his works; Papa Papi (2018), Sex, Love & Salsa (2014) and The Deuce (2017). Eduardo Ramos’s journey in the two competitive industries of modelling and acting has been challenging. Still, he is a motivated individual who wishes to bring a positive change in the community as a responsible citizen of a global community while being a responsible father to his beloved daughter.
DT: Let’s talk about what you’ve been upto as an actor and model?
A: I was getting ready to do my Broadway debut in TAKE ME OUT in the role of Rodriguez with 2nd Stage Theatre Company. As you all know, Broadway is on pause due to Covid19.
DT: Your energy is and has always been very levelled. How do you stay optimistic in two industries full of rejection?
A: One of the main things I think, it’s essential not to take things personally. You are responsible for the energy you bring into the room, and part of that is to be professional. And just process how you can be better with the next opportunity.
Rejection is part of the job, and you can’t digest it too much emotionally, just continue to work hard at your craft.
DT: What inspires you when preparing for a role?
A: In regards to a role, you want to explore the character inside out. Take from that and make it your own whether it is training or experiencing their back story so you can connect more in-depth with the character.
DT: We are entering a new decade, any goals you’d like to share?
A: Absolutely…this role on Broadway was a big one for me and a great way to start a new decade. I just want to continue being creative, doing the necessary work, and developing more in my craft.
Also, to learn from fellow actors and a strong cast can be very enriching.
I love the challenges of being an actor, its similar to LaCrosse, especially working with a team for a collective goal.
DT: What advice would you give to 10-year-old Eduardo?
A: I would tell him (my ten-year-old self) to try everything, keep an open mind to new experiences, especially in the arts and athletics. Embrace nature and enjoy the time you have (be in the moment). And don’t be such a serious kid.
DT: What is your purpose?
A: I believe our purpose evolves through life. It depends on our skill-sets and understanding at any given time. As we grow and learn, our purpose is refined; it shifts.
At this moment, my purpose is to be the best father I can be to my daughter; while reaching my highest goals obtainable as an artist, business person, and citizen of the global community. Through these intentions, I hope to lead by example and inspire others. We, as human beings are verbs, pure energy, keep it moving.
DT: Finish this sentence, “the shift I would like to see in the world is….”
A: “a common goal of finding ways to save our planet”.
D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers.
He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex traﬃcking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).
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