We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Michelle Foschia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda Michelle, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is how I got to where I am today. I’ve always wanted to be a performer and still dream of the day of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. I grew up in Ohio and moved to San Francisco after High School to live with my Dads. There I was able to study theater, acting, and improv. One summer I decided to fly down to Los Angeles and take one improv class at Second City. That one class turned into endless classes and I never went back. Six years later I’ve graduated from Second City, Improv Olympic, and perform improv, sketch and standup (all over the country). I currently study at the Groundlings and continue to push myself to be the best comedic actor. Hoping one day the hardworking and the risks I took to get here will pay off.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an LGBTQ actor, comedian, director, writer. I push boundaries and use my life experiences when creating or performing. I’ve struggles with my sexuality my entire life and came out officially at 30. I use all those experiences to fuel my art and create things that are unique and hopefully universal to all. I’ve always used comedy in life to get through pain. I hope I’m able to bring happiness, a laugh or smile for people that might feel the same way I did growing up. I’ve had endless jobs, and several career changes. No matter how far away I tried to get from performing, I always managed on finding my way back. That’s when I moved to Los Angeles, where I have been for 6 years, and never looked back. It has been a long road with many bumps and potholes but I never gave up. I’ve graduated from several comedy institutions, performed standup on almost every main stage in California, as well as had some work in TV, short films, feature films, and commercials. I’m glad I never gave up and decided to give 100% to making my dream a reality. Join me on my journey to fame by following me on all social media @blondebitchLA
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would take my best friend to all of my favorite spots in Los Angeles that would hopefully make them feel like a true Angeleno while here. Day time / Lunch Griffith Park / Observatory Runyon Canyon Staples Center Grammy Museum The Broad Thai Town Amusement park Universal / Disneyland Santa Monica Pier Brunch / Happy hour Gracias Madres Mammas Shelter Ace Hotel DTLA Fiesta Cantina The Polo Room Dinner / Night life Jones The Abbey Breakroom 86 Laurel Hardware Davey Waynes The Comedy Store The Improv Laugh Factory The Groundlings
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout to my best friend Shamar Philippe. We were in our first improv class at The Second City Hollywood together and took every class together after that. Where we both graduated from the conservatory and long form program. We also performed on an indie improv team “The A.M.P.M.S.”, and created our own podcast / sketch channel on Youtube “Cheers 2 That!”. Several of our sketches have been shown at festivals. We no longer perform improv together but our Youtube channel is still going 6 years strong. We continue to push and support each other in everything we do.
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