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  • Kurt Patino

Meet Kurt Patino | Talent Manager, TEDx Speaker & President/Festival Director of BIFF

An interview with Kurt Patino from Shoutout LA:

"We had the good fortune of connecting with Kurt Patino and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kurt, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking Risk taking really means living life to the fullest. You cannot reach or exceed your greatest potential as a human both personally & professionally without taking risks. However, there is a difference between calculated risks & foolish risks. Calculated risks involve studying a situation from all angles and determining if making that choice creates the greatest possible reward with the lowest downside. A foolish risk is jumping into a situation blind and not having the right skill or knowledge to really succeed. One can still learn without succeeding, though. If jumping in blind won’t damage yourself or others, learning from the opportunity rather than shying away from it is the best play. I try to remember that life in general is a risk. Every time we get in a car, ride an airplane, or engage in any sort of physical activity, there’s risk of bodily harm. Every time we make a friend or fall in love, there’s a risk of emotional harm. Every time we try to excel at anything and become better at it, we push our mental capacities to the limit, and may fail over and over again. For me, I’ve had to work hard to achieve every goal big or small. I loathe failing, because it makes me feel like a failure and causes me to create the false stigma in my own head that I’m a loser or I’m not good enough. What I realized as I got older is that failure of any kind should never define your core being. Failure is simply a learning process that should make you strive to be smarter and better. Fear is truly the main obstacle. When we already fear that the risk will hurt us, we back away from it. Yet risk taking is really the key to opening the doors to opportunity and success.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

Patino Management Company opened, because we love actors and believe in the actors’ need to express themselves artistically while also establishing themselves as business entities. Our chief responsibilities involve advising clients on how to market themselves for the entertainment industry; introducing them to the resources that will elevate their performances and earnings; and providing access to the decision-makers who cast Film/TV/Media productions. Building a small roster of successful actors who excel at their creative profession has always been the primary mission of Patino Management Company. Capitalizing on the relationships in our network of talent agencies, casting directors and motion picture creatives gives our clients the opportunities to compete for career-making parts. Patino Management Company strives for our clients to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams one role at a time. We take pride in launching careers, and I’m also involved in packaging clients into film & media projects I’ve produced. What’s most exciting is guiding clients into booking series regular roles on TV shows. Since I’ve become President & Festival Director of the Burbank International Film Festival, it’s created even more opportunities for networking and scouting talent. When I decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, I dove into film classes/film books, production jobs and industry office internships, so I could be knowledgable about all aspects of show business. It was never easy. I overcame challenges by literally telling myself to put one foot in front of the other with a commitment to keep working hard. No one will ever give you anything in this industry. You have to earn it. I run my own company and get to spend quality time with my family. That’s what I define as success. Patino Management Company truly cares about their clients, and we focus on putting their best interests first!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

The best thing about Los Angeles is you can basically do quite literally anything your heart desires. I would take them to the beaches; horseback riding; to the best restaurants; to the best cinemas; to the best clubs and city landmarks. Whatever my friend’s preferences & interests were, we could find something. But since I grew up in Burbank, I’d like to hail the benefits of this wonderful city. If you’re interested in the entertainment industry, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Universal Studios are fantastic attractions where my friend could see where most of the biggest TV shows & movies were shot. If the timing is right, we could even sit in the studio audience of a live TV show. Burbank is not considered the “Media Capital of the World for nothing. In fact, the Burbank International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for films that if accepted, would screen on the big screens of the most successful AMC Theater in the country. My friend could sit in the same booth where the Beatles ate and where a few scenes of Michael Mann’s “Heat” were shot at the oldest “Bob’s Big Boy” in the country. If my friend liked beer, Burbank is a craft beer town that could be explored at places like the “Brews Brothers Brewpub”, “Lincoln Beer Company,” and “Finney’s Crafthouse,” among others. What’s great about Burbank is you can run into TV & movie stars at any establishment, because they’re working at the local studios of Disney, Warner Brothers and Nickelodeon. My top spots for breakfast are “Basecamp High Horse Dinette”, “Bea Bea’s” “Coral Cafe” and “Another Broken Egg.” My favorite fun lunch & dinner spots are “Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant”, “Bob’s Big Boy,” “Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill”, “Ca’ Del Sol” and “Black Angus Steakhouse.” Visit Burbank ( is a great resource to explore, and submissions for films & scripts are now open at Burbank Film Festival:

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to a variety of influences. Of course, my Parents have been a huge influence on my life. My Father has always taught me to work hard and not let people take advantage of you. In other words, he helped me to recognize that I’m always worthy and through his real life example, that working hard shows how much you care. My father is selfless, and that taught me to be humble . My Mother always encouraged me to live life to the fullest and to never take life too seriously. She was a strict disciplinarian who kept me in check. She was my biggest cheerleader when I played sports, performed in a rock band, and when I played softball as an adult. She continues to cheer for my 2 sons in their activities. She’s always a loud encourager at every game, a fierce protector of her family and has a strong faith. Prayer is important, and my relationship with God is vital. He has answered every prayer. My Christian upbringing has taught me that faith is what I should turn to in times of struggle. Prayer comforts me and revitalizes me. I know that God always has my best interests at heart, and he is a protector. My faith keeps me centered and on the right path. We are all flawed and make mistakes constantly in our lives, but I’ve been taught that God will always forgive and love us no matter what. My Church has this great slogan, “No Perfect People Allowed.” Perfection is not the point of Christianity no matter what you may have heard. Forgiveness is. A few books that inspired me through business transitions have been “The 9 Super Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success by Martin J. Grunder Jr.; “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss; and “Radical Acceptance” By Tara Brach.

Instagram: @patinomgmt @burbankfilmfest

Linkedin: Kurt Patino and BurbankFilmFest (B.I.F.F.)

Twitter: @kurtrpat @burbankfilmfest

Facebook: Burbank International Film Festival

Image Credits Molly Hagan Kelly Stables Kristen Alderson Cerina Vincent Mike Manning


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