I always had a rather hard time improvising; I felt overly exposed in those situations. I was a shy kid. So, proposing new things as an actress is, for me, part of the hard work I try to focus the most on.
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There is a Greek word that I always like to keep in mind, which is "Meraki." It means "the part of your soul that you put into the things you do; doing things with love." I believe everything that exists has a particular energy, and that we are constantly exchanging those vibrations with those around us. So, whatever I do, I always search to give out love, so that I can help create a harmonious environment where we can all feel at home.
Antonella, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Actor?
I will have to go and quote BeyoncÍ© on this one and say: "My aspiration in life would be to be happy." I used to dream of extraordinary things like glory, vast knowledge, or influence. But going through life, I realized how important happiness is, and perhaps a simple, happy life is, in our post-modern world, the greatest ambition of them all. After some life battles, I became a little too attracted to the notion of fantasy in opposition to a reality I felt dissatisfied with. That is how I became an actress, hoping to be able to live a little bit closer to imaginary worlds. Fortunately, my love for fantasy then took a healthier turn, fed by my love for acting and the Arts in general.
Who is your inspiration in life Antonella? How do you stay inspired as an Actor?
I wouldn't say my inspiration comes from a particular "who," but from people and moments in general. As an artist, I search to portray life as a bigger picture. I sometimes get inspiration from the gestures I see on strangers in the street. Or from Nature: I am in awe whenever I find myself amongst nature. I think my biggest source of inspiration lies in the quality of moments, where you get a certain elevated feeling or warmth, and you feel like you are in a movie. I live for those moments.
We all make mistakes Antonella; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
To be honest, none. I know that everything I have done or been through has gotten me to this point, and has made me learn something. It's not like I feel I make no mistakes, of course, I make plenty of them as we all do, and many times I find myself ruminating over something I said or did. Especially if I feel I have hurt someone because that makes me feel sad. But I believe in something called "the butterfly effect," and I know that if I could travel back in time and change something, it would probably result in a big mess. So I rather learn from my mistakes and move on to being a better person.
Antonella, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I take whatever I do very seriously. I feel like I have a responsibility to deliver when I assume a commitment, and I work hard to give my very best. I also believe that there is no use in being a good artist if you are not a good person, so for me, a good work environment is crucial.
Please tell us, Antonella, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
I put love first, always. As my goal in this life is to be happy, I worship love because I think it is the greatest source of happiness. Social life is not much of a priority for me, especially not overwork, because I love what I do so much. And as I said, I take my job very seriously; but if it came to choosing between work or my loved ones, I am not afraid to say it would be my loved ones.
Antonella, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am a mediator, so I tend to look at things from different points of view and try to balance all of them. I don't usually look to persuade but to arrive at a middle point between what I want and what others want. However, working as part of productions involving many people and even more things to do, I have learned to identify what is of utter importance and push towards getting those things done.
Antonella, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as an Actor.
I would say my proudest accomplishments began very early in my rather short career as an actress when after taking just a few lessons I was given the opportunity to share the stage with my masters, people whom I admired for being extremely talented artists and beautiful people. I remember how proud I felt, for instance, when my corporal expression teacher, a terrific performer, and friend, invited me to do a performance with her. Two years later, I was invited to lead a play along with her and another incredibly talented actor and singer, under magnificent directions. Together we managed to make the audience laugh, gasp, cry, and reflect, all in 50 minutes. The memory is very dear to me.
Antonella, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I always had a rather hard time improvising; I felt overly exposed in those situations. I was a shy kid. So, proposing new things as an actress is, for me, part of the hard work I try to focus the most on. There was this one play I was invited to take part in, in which every actor had to write their monologue and decide every aspect of their scene. I had a great time building my space in that immersive play, getting to showcase my aesthetics and to act my own words. I learned a lot from that experience.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as an Actor?
Don't be afraid of emotions: they are your working tools. Embrace them, understand them, play with them. Let them sit in your body and see what they feel like. How do you translate those emotions, the essence of human nature, into movement, into sounds? Don't lose sight of the story you want to tell, of what you wish your audience to feel. And remember that, in order to portray other people, empathy is the ultimate gift to have.
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