How did you get started acting?
I've always been a fan of filmmaking and acting, but I made the decision to heavily pursue this profession the summer before college when I took a trip to New York City with my family. Long story short - I got see Saturday Night Live 39th Season Finale Episode with Host Andy Samberg live in Studio 8H. It was electric. It had my adrenaline pumping. One of the coolest moments of my life. And these cast members get to feel like this every weekend? Sign me up. (Yeah, right.) I knew beforehand that the entertainment industry is one of the toughest to break into, but after that night, it didn't matter how much rejection I would have to face. I love the work. I love making people laugh. I'm blessed whenever I get to re-create that feeling I had at SNL. I'm blessed to be in pursuit of it.
How did you first get involved in Hard-ish Bodies?
While Hard-ish Bodies was being a hit live show in Austin, I was in LA and had to miss the party. Mike Carreon, however, would visit me in LA whenever he was in town and kept getting me excited whenever he'd talk about the future of his original idea. "I'm so happy for you!" I would say to him forcibly excited but low key, "Put me in coach." To my gracious surprise, he offered me a part in the film when I got back to Austin, a place I loved but always struggled to fit into. His gesture reminded me that Austin is full of people ready to invite others in. Until there's too much traffic, then stop moving here.
How has it’s message about body positivity affected you?
My life has always been a constant battle between balancing the consumption of deliciously unhealthy Mexican cuisine I love to eat, and maintaining the obnoxiously high standards I set for my body. The message of body positivity has helped me cope with that. Body positivity actually takes the focus off of my body and more into my spirit, which I believe is more important. However, I don't think this will necessarily be the death of fat jokes, because man-titties are pretty funny, except now they're also kind of sexy.
What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?
Seed&Spark is awesome. I think the best part is that it really forces the people participating in this project to work together. The worst part is that the people we ask for contributions feel guilty if they don't have any money to give, and I just want to let them know that they are still wonderful people and they can still support us by being involved in our social media campaign. BUT if I see you purchasing another unnecessary sweater at the mall instead of donating to our campaign, I'M GONNA... go to that corner and sow my little heart back together.
When do you feel your sexiest?
I feel sexiest during the winter.
If your character could give you life advice, what would they say?
The code to the Trader Joe's bathroom on Sunset Boulevard across the Laugh Factory in LA is 0192 (for real though). The best thing you can do in life is not depend on other people granting you permission, especially to shit.
Isaac Garza’s Latino roots come from being raised in bordertown Laredo, TX, where those who don't speak Spanish get a weird look.
His industry credits include being a Monologue Intern for CONAN at Warner Bros Studios and a Comedy Development Intern at CBS. He started off in comedy at The Institution Theater in Austin and later trained at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and with Lesly Kahn in LA.
Now back in Austin, he’s been training under Meisner Coach Laurel Vouvray for 2 years, has worked on various projects, and recently directed the soon-to-be-released short film Human Verification.
When he’s not studying at Texas State University, he works on his stand up, plays tennis, and struggles with his Catholic guilt.