I was born in Sacramento California and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From an early age, I found joy in the arts. I loved drawing, making music, and imitating my favorite movie characters in little skits for anyone who would sit still long enough to watch. When I was in third grade, I had my first acting experience. My class was putting on a production of The Government Inspector and I was asked to play the role of Khlestakov. I had so much fun that I continued to work with the drama program through high school, working in the productions of Alice in Wonderland, Grease, Find Me, Much Ado About Nothing, and others. 

As a child, I was told by many, who no doubt were well-intentioned, to pursue an easier, more practical, and more "realistic" career. So after graduating high school I moved out of Albuquerque and the shelter of the conservative bubble I grew up in, heading toward the cultural mecca of Los Angeles, CA. 

I enrolled at the University of Southern California. While accidentally attending a Neuroscience class, I became fascinated by human behavior and declared Neuroscience as my major immediately. I participated in several different extracurricular activities. I ran hurdles for the track and field team. I learned to dance and joined the Salsa Team,  and I continued my love of music, marching in the world famous USC Trojan Marching Band, eventually becoming drum major and leading the band my senior year.

Upon graduating with my Bachelor's Degree, I discovered that While Neuroscience and Medicine fascinate me, it has always been performing that moves me.  Being that I lived in Los Angeles and was finally free from obligations to schooling and expectations of those I grew up around, I decided that I was at the perfect stage of my life to delve into acting as a career option. 

While in my final year of college, I met a mentor who helped me to realize the man I am today. I also had the opportunity to take an improvisation course and work a skill that was previously unknown to me.  After graduating college, I enrolled for a year of Meisner Technique course at the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio in Los Angeles, where I learned about emotional freedom and non-judgment of my choices. I also studied a year and a half at Brian Reise Acting Studio. Until recently, I attended workshops at the Steve Nave Actor Showcase. I currently study with an extraordinary acting coach, Christina Zorich.

Every day, I wake up with a desire to work on my craft. I believe that preparation is absolutely crucial to success in any endeavor, and in such an extraordinary industry, extraordinary efforts are necessary. I love what I do and I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my vision. 

Just. DO IT!
— Shia LaBeouf


  Ryan Larson

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Green
  • Build: Athletic
  • Favorite Movies: Star Wars, The Princess Bride
  • Favorite Food: Sopapillas
  • Favorite Book: Zorro by Isabelle Allende
  • Most Inspirational Figure: My Mom. It's never too late!
  • Best Advice I've received: Just DO IT!