Lisa Coronado: Actor, Gamer, Writer, and Taco Connoisseur

Today I am excited to announce that Lisa Coronado has stopped by the blog to share her Success Story. Lisa is an actor, writer, gamer, and lover of tacos. She loves nerding out whenever possible and has been on hit shows such a Z Nation and Twin Peaks. Lisa is an undeniable success, and I am thrilled she took the time to share some of her success tips and advice.

Lisa Coronado
Headshot by Danielle Barnum

About Lisa Coronado

My Questions are in bold, Lisa's follow in plain text.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m an actress, writer, and most recently a game streamer on Twitch. I started professionally acting about ten years ago but have dabbled and trained since high school.

How did I become successful? Is that even an option for an actor? I kid.

I guess the fact that I never gave up and kept pursuing my career would be the number one reason I’ve had some success. Also, I train all the time. There isn’t this perfect endgame or ability to achieve with acting. It’s always changing and molding, and I’m continually growing and learning.

So I decided to get rid of a preconceived notion of success for me. As long as I’m working, in any capacity, I’m happy.

I’m very passionate about tacos, video games, and nerding out whenever possible. I also spend time writing about mental health for teens and children. I think implementing meditation in schools is hugely beneficial. As well as the Arts.

I know theater saved my sanity as a kid, and I’m a big advocate for the arts in schools. I also stand behind creating diversity in the projects I work on as a writer. More female roles. More POC roles. More LGBT roles. Representation is so important.

What is one thing you have learned from being successful?

If I learned anything from my success, it’s that it comes when you least expect it. That audition you thought you bombed — that small project you did for a friend because you liked the script. The PA you befriended who later became a screenwriter.

Treat every opportunity like it’s the best thing in the world. Be kind, always. Be nice and welcoming to the extras. I’ve done that job, and it’s rough.

Lisa Coronado
Pepper Jones in Strowlers, Photo By Dawnda Budd

Is there a mistake you have made that you wish you could change?

Oh gosh, I’ve made so many mistakes! I still make them! This job is nerve-wracking, and you always second guess yourself. And when I get nervous, I get chatty, so I have to reign it in all the time.

One mistake I made that I still struggle with is going into an audition wanting to be liked. So bad. I completely lose sight of my character and motivation. I’ve worked hard on this. And it’s gotten more manageable, but it’s still a struggle now and then.

What is the best advice you have received?

The best advice I always go back to comes from my acting coach Steven Anderson. He said, ‘art doesn’t know the outcome, so neither can you.’

When I go into a project, I have strong opinions on how I want the character to be, to act, to come across. And that inhibits the process. This advice gives me the freedom to go in saying, ‘well, I don’t know what’ll happen, and that’s exciting!’

What advice would you give someone starting?

Oh lord, passing on advice feels so funny!

If it were me starting, I’d want someone to tell me to slow down.

  • Enjoy the ride.
  • Train as much as possible.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Rejection doesn’t necessarily reflect on your talent.

It’s as much ‘right place right time’ as it is anything. Also- learn as many non-acting things as possible. Have a life outside of this business. You’ll need it.

Lisa Coronado Z Nation
Dr. Merch on Syfy's Z Nation, Photo by Daniel Schaefer

Professionally, what accomplishment are you most proud of?

It’s so hard to pick just one project as my favorite! I have so many! I’ll narrow it to a couple. Z Nation was my first television project. It was down and dirty and fast. It gave me years of learning in just a few months. I’m forever grateful for that project and the people who made it. Plus, it was my first time playing a doctor!

Twin Peaks. Man. That was a dream project. Smaller role but so much heart put into it. And David Lynch is one of the kindest, most magical souls out there. And acting with Harry Dean Stanton? Unbelievable luck on my part. And an indie film called Different Drummers. That project was a true story and had so much heart and care put into it. I loved every minute.

Is there something you learned from the industry that you found surprising?

One thing I learned from this industry? It doesn’t matter the size of the project; whether it’s an indie film or a multi-million dollar TV show, once you show up on set, it’s all the same — a big family of people working together towards a common goal. And there are always jokes. Oh, the jokes.

Are there any upcoming projects you are working on?

Right now, I’m filming the next episode for a project called Strowlers. You can find us on Amazon Prime. This is a sequel to an episode we shot in Ireland about a woman named Pepper Jones. She’s an OSS agent who stopped aging in her 40’s. It’s magical and fun.

I also have a feature film in post-production right now called See You on the Other Side. It’s about a widow who finds a way to bring her husband back for one last conversation.

You can find me streaming on Twitch as ItsASmallsWorld. I’m loving this. I play a lot of horror games and adventure games. I am looking to build my audience there. It’s a whole other world!

Lisa Coronado
Twitch Profile by Lisa Levan

Do you have any routines that help guide your career and personal life?

As for my routine, I make sure to show up early to everything. Auditions, jobs, training. I hate being late. I read a lot of fiction.

What activities and routines do you choose to stay healthy and motivated?

Something people don’t know about me is that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease this year. I fell ill about 20 months ago. It totally rocked my world. I’m now coming out of it and slowly starting to work. It gave me a different outlook on life. As an actor, you need your health.

It’s vital to keep yourself healthy. I had to learn to say no and focus on myself. I only take on projects I know I can do. And ones that I feel compelled to do.

Lisa Coronado
Showtime's Twin Peaks

Has Social Media factored into your success?

Social media definitely plays a part in my world. It gives me this great way of communicating with an audience. Twitter has become my favorite.

The Z Nation fans and Twin Peaks fans are amazing. Absolutely wonderful human beings whose love for these shows is so infectious.

I couldn’t do Twitch without it. Trying to build an audience is hard! It’s full-time work.

Where can people connect with you online?

People can find me on Twitter @LisaCoronado and Instagram @lisacoronado16

What is the one thing you wish everyone knew?

Acting is such an excellent tool for building and sharing empathy. I love love love this job. And as long as people hire me, I’ll be doing it! I’m feeling antsy to play a villain. Hopefully, that’s on the horizon.

Thank you for interviewing with Wealth of Geeks!

Thank you so much for the interview!

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Michael launched Wealth of Geeks to make personal finance fun. He has worked in personal finance for over 20 years, helping families reduce taxes, increase their income, and save for retirement. Michael is passionate about personal finance, side hustles, and all things geeky.