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At the ripe age of 15, actor/singer Adam Irigoyen has become a Disney Channel fan favorite for his starring role in Shake It Up. And now, the young talent plans to take the music world by storm as he transitions into a solo music career. Irigoyen caught up with TheCelebrityCafe.com to dish on his debut music video, making it in the industry and his hopes for the future.
TheCelebrityCafe: Growing up in Miami, you were surrounded by a family of educators – your mom, dad and grandmother were all teachers. So where did your passion for acting and music come from?
Adam Irigoyen: It was kind of just something that I fell into really. I grew up watching TV. So it was kind of just something that I always wanted to do. Once I figured out what everything was and what acting actually was and the whole singing thing, I fell in love with it.
TCC: How difficult was it for you to convince your family – at the age of eleven – to move across the country in order for you to pursue your dreams?
AI: It took me two years of nagging and nagging, but I got the job done. It was definitely difficult. My dad would find any excuse to move back to Miami, because he really didn’t want to be in L.A. Everything that he said, it would actually happen and we would have to stay here. So it was just meant to be.
TCC: After arriving to L.A., you landed appearances in several commercials, print ads and indie films all leading up to your big break with Disney – being cast as Deuce Martinez on Shake It Up. What struggles did you face up until that point and how did you overcome them?
AI: I definitely went through a lot of struggles in the beginning – hearing the word ‘No’ a lot, especially in the acting business. You’ve just got to have tough skin. If you don’t have tough skin and you’re hearing the word ‘No,’ it can discourage you and you’ll start thinking you’re not good enough. It’s one of those things. It takes experience. Your first few auditions you’re not going to book unless you have really raw, untapped, amazing talent. It takes work like everything else. After you’ve been through a few auditions, you’ll start getting callbacks and from there you’ll start booking. It’s that kind of process. The most difficult part for me was getting used to hearing the word, ‘No.’
TCC: You’ve certainly come a long way since because Shake It Up is one of the highest rated television shows on the network – a true fan favorite. What is your favorite thing about being a part of the cast and the Disney family as a whole?
AI: The cast – I love them so much. I come to work and whenever I want to vent, I pull one of them aside and just start talking to them. We really are a family. I love coming to work everyday and having a good time. As far as the Disney family, it’s just amazing. I’m friends with a lot of the kids from other shows. We always hang out, and we always have a good time. Whenever there are parties and events, we usually all see each other. It’s really fun. Just to have this extended family from my home and work is just amazing.
TCC: Being on the Disney Channel and branching into a music career, you’re going to have lots of young fans that look up to you. Is it important for you to be a good role model to your fans?
AI: I never really expected to be anybody’s role model. I fell in love with this acting and singing thing. I never expected anybody to look up to me and to say ‘I wanna be like him.’ I never thought that would come from this. I’ve always – especially with my family – watched out for what I’ve done because I don’t want to make any bad decisions. I don’t want it to affect, not only my career but my life as well. So I’ve always strived to make good decisions, and I’ve always talked to my parents about everything. I definitely feel like – for those little kids that look up to me – I’ll be an all right role model.
TCC: Let’s take a look at your music career. You were featured on the cover of “Monster Mash” with your Shake It Up costars, as well as on “Show Ya How” for the show’s dance soundtrack. And now, you are busy working on a solo career. How would you describe the sound of your music to fans?
AI: My music is definitely pop, but it has that Latin flavor that I think everybody’s going to love. All my songs are bilingual, and each ones has its own little flavor to it. That’s what I really enjoy about making my music. It’s like a new adventure everyday, writing new songs, recording and just having fun.
TCC: You recently wrapped the music video for you debut single “La Colegiala.” How did you enjoy bringing the song to life on film?
AI: Yeah, it’s actually going to be called “School Girl.” It’s really exciting. The music video was such a fun experience. All the dancers that worked on it and the whole crew – everybody did an amazing job. I’m so grateful for everybody that was a part of it.
TCC: Where do you find the inspiration for your music, and what artists do you look up to in the field?
AI: When writing songs, I try to write about experiences that not only I’ve been through but that teenagers my age have been through, while at the same time keeping it catchy, cool and fun. Once you get into it, it’s not really that hard. It’s such a fun process. When I describe what my music is actually about, I kind of say that as a teenager, I know what other teenagers go through at my age. So I try to relate to them.
TCC: You’ve been honored with the key to North Miami Beach from the Mayor of your hometown. You were nominated for “Favorite TV Supporting Actor in a Comedy” at the 2012 Alma Awards. What does all of the recognition and fame you’ve earned mean to you and your family?
AI: It means the world to me, and I know my family is happy for me. They don’t want to see anything else but me succeeding. So they’re always helping me along the way and supporting me. I know they’re happy. And as far as I go, I’m so excited that I have the opportunity just to be nominated for an Alma Award and to get the key to the city of North Miami Beach. I mean it’s super cool. Now if the key opened up some stuff that would be really cool, too. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.
TCC: Years down the road, where do you hope to see your career? What is the ultimate goal in all of this?
AI: I was actually talking about this earlier. I’m sure that somewhere down the line there are going to be times when I have to focus on one career, as far as singing or acting. So my goal is to treat them the same – treat them as if it’s one career – and give both my singing and my acting an equal amount of attention. I want to do this for a long, long time. So if I am going to do this for the rest of my life, I have to pay attention to both equally and respect each one as an equal.
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