Interview with Daniel Tarte (@danieltarte)


Interview with Daniel Tarte (@danieltarte)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Our parents raised us to appreciate the arts, visit museums, and attend musicals and plays. I did school plays and chorus. Acting is one of several interests I’ve had for a long time. When it came time to pursue a career, I considered what I thought I had the passion to pursue through the successes and the challenges. I would have loved to be a pediatrician, but ultimately, storytelling on stage and screen is my way of affecting people.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
That’s a hard question—there have been so many interesting events that choosing just one is hard. Choosing one of the stories, I was in the airport lounge with a musical group I created and produced. We talked with another traveler about the concert we were flying to and our musical styles. He said, “You know, I know Quincy Jones,” and he proceeded to dial Quincy and hand me the phone. It went to voicemail, so I shared my name and the group name and requested him to call back. When we landed, I had a voicemail from Quincy Jones: “Hey man, it’s Quincy Jones. Call me back…you have the number.” I didn’t have the number as we called on the other guy’s phone.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Maintaining a work-life balance is something I continually strive for. It’s important to keep things in perspective, to occupy yourself with things other than work. I heard a great suggestion to schedule something after an audition, so you have something else to look forward to. You could easily sleep, eat, and breathe your career, but having other people and things to prioritize makes it all more fulfilling.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
When I started college, I was trying to balance studying both pre-med and acting. What a combo. In the first months of school, I was burning out, pulling too many all-nighters to get all my work done. The wake-up call fell asleep in the bathroom stall, and someone knocked because I was snoring. 17-year-old me called home and asked my parents what I should do. They said they couldn’t tell me which path to take because it was my life, and they said I’d hold it against them in the future (they were probably right). They added that they would support me, whichever choice I made. I chose acting, and they have always been supportive and present. It motivated me to achieve.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’ve tried to use whatever talent I have to bring goodness to the world, regardless of success. Participating in or producing benefit concerts for various causes resonates with my desire to entertain and help others.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
There are several. One I have appreciated for a long time is from Wilson Miznor: “Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.” In any career, and certainly within entertainment, people can let their power, money, or status change how they treat people. By the time they no longer hold power, have money, or are popular, they’ve pushed everyone meaningful away. Beyond this aspect, kindness and respect go a long way to make people feel seen.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
On Instagram, @danieltatar. Or on Facebook at fb.me/danieltatar. I hope one of your readers can help me on my social game!
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Daniel recently co-starred on one of the final episodes of This Is Us. You may also recognize Daniel from Grey’s Anatomy, 90210, or CSI:NY.

In addition to his work as a television and stage actor, Daniel is also an experiential educator and Director of Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at The iCenter. “I find this work very meaningful,” Daniel shared, “engaging youth and adults in building their identities and relationships.”