We had the good fortune of connecting with Alessandro De Gennaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alessandro, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Yes I do! One of my favorite quotes was said by the one and only Philip Seymour Hoffman: “The ambition, the drive, the wanting to be the center of attention, the wanting to succeed… they’re all inside me somewhere. I think you should be serious about everything you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.” To me this means that there really is no barrier that stops us from accomplishing our biggest dreams, we are the barrier. From the moment we start seeing that in life most of the opportunities we have are actually created by ourselves, well, that is the moment when we start taking more action into the things we do. Having more ambition, drive, passion. For me, this means that there is no one stopping me from reaching out to Casting Directors, Agents, Managers or Producers. So why shouldn’t I? I am really not losing anything by doing so, if anything, I am gaining an opportunity!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It has been almost one year since I graduated from “The American Academy of Dramatic Arts” in Los Angeles. The greatest experience in my life. Needless to say that right after graduation I began my pursue. I began contacting the managements I’ve always heard of, the agents I dreamed to work with and I applied for God knows how many projects. Some gave me an audition and some I never heard of. I think every moment of my career is exciting, because it is so spontaneous that anything can happen from one day to another, it all depends on how ready I am to take on this opportunities or how I make myself be seen by the people that I want to engage with. Besides, this is only the beginning of my career. I am only excited! There is no point on being afraid or nervous about what is to come, because I know it is all going to be out of this world to me. Everything I have accomplished has all been thanks to my persistence. I live by the rule that persistence is something we are all born with, but not all of us use it to our advantage. I always try to be one step ahead from everyone else. Never stopping at anything and if I have the chance to introduce myself to someone or make myself be seen by someone, I take on the role of making that happen. It is not easy, but it is not hard. I think it all goes down to the way you think of things and the weight you put on to those things. The way I overcome through the rough times is always believing that some things are meant to be for us and lived by us and some other things aren’t, and well if something you wanted doesn’t end up working out for you, then it just means that it wasn’t for you. Thinking about life in this way, gives me peace and helps me be able to move on from things in an easier way. The biggest lesson I have learned so far from my career is that as long as you keep seeing that dream in front of you, there is no one that can take that away from you and everything you accomplish depends on how ready you are. You need to be ready for as many opportunities that there can be. Especially being an artist, it is all SO spontaneous that I find it fascinating and so exciting!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so many things to do in Los Angeles. From hiking, to surfing, to skiing, to anything really! The first places I would take my best friend would have to be the main touristy locations (TCL Chinese Theatre, Dolby, Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, etc.). A place I always enjoy going and not only to see the art, but also to sit down and have some lunch and maybe spend the majority of the day in is at ‘The Getty Museum’. This is I think a must for everybody that visits LA. Not only are you surrounded by beautiful art and great architecture, but also the space is so peaceful and relaxing. My favorite restaurant in all Los Angeles is a sushi place called: ‘Akuma Ramen and Sushi’. This is honestly the most delicious sushi place I have ever been in and the prices are extremely friendly, with a Happy Hour that is active 24/7. Nightlife is always something I have enjoyed and LA has all kinds of places to visit. From live music bars, to arcade bars, to music blasting nightclubs. A place I always enjoyed going to have a couple of drinks at was called ‘Mama Shelter’. It is a rooftop bar and the drinks are amazing. Great music to just sit down, vibe with and have a good time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It is needless to say that my mom deserves the biggest recognition out of all. She is the one that kept pushing me to follow my dream of studying the craft of acting and pursue my passion. Honestly, if it weren’t for her, I would probably be sitting in an office feeling miserable and unaccomplished. When people would keep on telling me that this career was meaningless or too hard or too crazy, well, she was the ONLY woman that always stood by my side defending my dream before it even began. In a way, I believe that she defended this dream of mine more than I ever did, and for that I am so grateful to her. I wouldn’t have lived all the things I have if it weren’t for her. I would’ve never believed in myself and pushed myself this hard if it wasn’t for her. Thank you Mom, gracias Madre.
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