We had the good fortune of connecting with Ava Bianchi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ava, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that the film industry and being an actor is a risk at every turn. My example would have to be the audition process and taking risks to be different or add something to your character that might be out of your comfort zone. Play it safe and you will never book the role. To stand out, it is vital to take these risks.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am sure my story is similar to any other kid that wanted to grow up and become and actor. I love every aspect of the arts, dancing, singing and acting. Unlike most others I grew up in Los Angeles, so opportunities were right in my own back yard. I am pretty sure my parents would have never moved across the country to pursue this for me, but I was lucky my mom was willing to find an Annie play I could take part in. I had a huge obsession after seeing Annie at The Pantages. Joanne Mosconi offered a little 4 year old a role in her play at The Magic Mirror Playhouse and got me started on my journey. I love theatre still to this day. The feeling of performing in front of a live audience is amazing. I went onto work with my agent Ninna and booked several commercials and television shows. She ended up retiring after I was with her for 5 years and I was back to square one in my quest for representation. Securing the right representation is not the easiest feat. You really want to be with someone who believes in you and supports you, but someone that is also in the position to elevate you to the next level. I think this has been my biggest obstacle to overcome. I feel at a very good place in my career right now. I just booked two films during Covid and even though life and filming right now are very uncertain I feel like I have accomplished a great deal this year. I am so ready to see what 2020 brings. I have a clear vision of what that goal is. My aspirations are shows like Game of Thrones, Handmaids Tale or Indie Films. I have turned down different opportunities that do not align with that vision. In this business it is important to have a plan. I just don’t want to take an opportunity that might never allow those serious roles to become a possibility. This road for me has not been an easy one thus far, I have struggled for every booking. Many parts I booked did not come to fruition or parts were cut, shows not picked up. I am not a quitter, so I did not give up. I feel that this year gave me new found hope. I love self-tapes. I prefer them over the in person auditions, which has really helped me out during Covid. I love the fact that you can do it over and over until it is perfect. You cannot have a do over in the room. I am so proud and excited for my two films I get to work on this year. Hexengeddon and The Curse. I am so grateful to Lynn San Wu and Bonnie Gordon for my booking on Hexengeddon and to LakeFront Pictures and Jennifer Karum for my booking on The Curse. The best part is I get to travel for both of them. Spring 2021 gives hope to all of us!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If only we could go out like we used to! One of my favorite things to do was roller skate at Moonlight Roller-way on Friday Nights with my friends. It was a tradition and we would go every weekend. I cannot wait to be able to skate again. Skating outside is not the same! I also love going to Malibu. One of my favorite beaches is Paradise Cove. They have a great beach cafe there with an awesome outdoor patio. Two fancy restaurants I love to go to is The Catch, my manager Deb Berger introduced us to it and we can never get enough. I love the steak skewers and vegan cauliflower dish. I also love The Ivy on Robertson. It is my families favorite for special occasions. You cannot go wrong with any of the desserts there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My BIG shoutout is to my mom! She has been there at every turn to support my dreams and aspirations ever since I was really little. She is always there through the good and the bad, no matter what. She encourages me all the time. There are so many others that have supported me through my journey. Acting instructors like Joanne Mosconi, Melissa Hayden, Gray Studios, Valerie Gould, Vicki Baumann, Deb Dion and so many others I have worked with along the way. I also have a great group of actor friends and we all support each other no matter what! A great circle is so important. This business is filled with rejection, that at the end of the day you want friends that are real and true. I am so blessed to be surrounded by a group like that.
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