Local Musician Starts Hollywood Movie Career on Craigslist and Returns to MD

David M. Higgins II

California, MD- In the summer of 2016, local MD musician Dylan Galvin packed up everything into a small Honda and drove 3000 miles to Los Angeles.  His plan was to take the music scene by storm and establish himself in the city of angels.  Things didn’t work out as planned. 

After one year of intense work he had almost gone through $10,000 of savings, was having trouble finding gigs, had no plan B and was on the verge of calling it quits for good. His family, friends, and fans were across the country in Southern Maryland and he was growing fearful he was going to return home with a tale of failure.

Desperate to not give in to the temptation of a steady but unrelated day job, he began searching on Craigslist’s and inadvertently stumbled upon what would be the start of a completely unexpected movie career. 

Most of the gigs he searched for on the L.A. Craigslist ended up being movie gigs, not music gigs.  He started auditioning for short films, commercials, and online projects.  He had almost no theatre or film experience, except for one theatre class during his years at Patuxent High School.  But this wasn’t a class in high school, this was the real adult world and there was no other option.  It was “do or die”.  He started getting cast almost immediately. 

He landed a principal role in a national commercial for Intel Computers, another for Samsung, a Netflix series, won a race through an obstacle course for a CBS show and landed dozens of starring roles in short films, including “Nightingale“, a movie about a struggling musician who finds a diary on the ground, and is faced with a dilemma to steal lyrics from it in order to land a record deal.  (dir. Gowtham Namasivayasam).  The movie has won several wards on the Hollywood indie film circuit and there are plans to make a full-length film based on the short in 2020.  

Dylan is now in full swing once again, recording, writing and performing live full time in Los Angeles, CA. While in LA he has performed live for Fabio, Dylan McDermott, performed at Universal Studios and up and down the Southern California region.

His following on the West Coast is growing rapidly, but couldn’t stop thinking about his hometown.  After several months of planning, he’s lined up a 2019 tour to Southern Maryland, which is aptly named: “As far as the East is from the West”

Taken from Psalm 103:12, the title of his tour is a description of God’s forgiveness and love is as far-reaching as East is from the West, which is infinite.  “Being raised in a small town on the East Coast right near the Chesapeake Bay and then moving to the polar opposite kind of place is very hard” says Galvin. 

“You really don’t get the warmth of the hometown feeling in a city of millions and millions of people.  It’s all just people grinding away, doing their own thing, day after day.  So yeah, as much as I love doing movies and music out here, this kind of career is always about the people who support you and most of my supporters are in Maryland.” 

He credits this string of events to God since he believes the circumstances that have come to fruition as a result of his move to L.A. would have been impossible without divine intervention.

At his shows, he will be performing his original song “The Chesapeake”, an ode to his years growing up in Southern Maryland. 

For more tour date info and to hear his music: www.dylangalvin.com

His Maryland tour dates are as follows:

  • Sept 12 Ruddy Duck                                  Solomons               7 – 10 PM
  • Sept 14 Sip and Save (American Chesnut Land Trust) Prince Frederick     1 – 5 PM
  • Sept 14 The Tavern (w/ The Vaits)         St. Leonard 9 PM – 1 AM
  • Sept 18 BRICK                                            Prince Frederick     6 – 9 PM
  • Sept 19 Taphouse 1637                           California, MD       7:30 – 11PM
  • Sept 20 Kaow Thai                                   La Plata, MD            7 -10 PM
  • Sept 21 The Last Drop                            California, MD          6 – 8 PM
  • Sept 28 Taphouse 1637 (w/ The Vaits)  California, MD          9PM – 1AM
  • Oct 1 The Tavern                                     St. Leonard              6 – 9 PM
  • Oct 9 BRICK                                              Prince Frederick       6 – 9 PM
  • Oct 10 Old Town Pub                             Leonardtown            6 – 10 PM

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