We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Celozzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was figuring out how to leave the comfortable 9-5 position I was in and dive full force into the terrifying unknown.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actress and a filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been working in the film community since 2014 and officially moved out to California in 2016. I think the thing that’s been most important to me throughout this whole journey is staying true to myself and figuring out what that means for me personally. I can’t be an entirely authentic artist if I don’t know myself, if I don’t know how to utilize the tools that make me different. With that being said, I’ve been able to discover what that is and what it means. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve heard time and time again, “you’re SO weird!”. And I think the thing that has most set me apart, both in my career and life, is how proud I’ve always been to be weird. I think embracing what makes you unique is so important when trying to influence the world. And I think being able to understand from a young age that my brain thinks and processes things differently than most people has always been the thing that has excited me. My ability to find the quirky and silly by creating voices and characters that most people wouldn’t think of and are so far beyond the matter that makes up myself as a person is something that drives me to create daily. That’s where my joy as a storyteller comes from. My brand surrounds my ability to shape-shift, preferably like a werewolf, into different people. I’m a character actor, and I love finding my characters through figuring out what sets them apart. What makes them weird. And I encourage every artist to do just that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Brreehhlggl. I love this question because I’m an avid road tripper and adventuring is my specialty. So let’s hop right into this itinerary break down. Monday: She would arrive, and immediately, we would hop in the car, which I’ve already packed with all of our favorite snacks and plenty of sparkling water. We would drive out to Joshua Tree, spend the day exploring hikes, hugging Joshua Trees, visiting Cactus Mart, and then sleeping under the stars in a dimly populated area of the high desert. Tuesday: Wake up, hit Palm Springs. Check into The Saguaro. We would eat massive plates of nachos for lunch, shop around the strip, get our tan on poolside, float in the pool, chill in the hot tub, stay up late laughing and presumably eating more nachos, and then we would pass out to be ready for…. Wednesday: Road trip to Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Check in for the day. Get the massages. Hit Club Mud. Hit the Grotto. Eat more nachos, poolside. Make sure we were able to sit in all 17 of their pools before checking for the day. Thursday: We would wake up, road trip to Topanga. Stuff our faces with the incredible breakfast options at Inn of the Seventh Ray. Work our way over to Point Dume, where we would sit on the beach for hours watching for dolphins and sea lions, while manifesting some whales sightings. We would eat pizza at D’amores, and finish the day watching the sunset from Solstice Canyon. Friday: We would pack a hefty lunch, invite a bunch of my friends, and travel up to Castaic Lake where we would spend the day hanging out, grilling, swimming, playing some volleyball, and all around having a ball. Saturday: After a week of running around, seeing and doing so many cool things, we would have a day of rest. Where we hang inside on the couch, watching movies, eating ice cream and snacks, and enjoying one another’s company. Sunday: I would drop her off at the airport and probably cry a little bit…or a lot.
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?
Oh, man. Alex. Alex is the person in my life who made me realize that my fears regarding chasing my dreams were just that. Fears. If it wasn’t for him, for his whimsical belief in the beauty of life and that anything is possible, I’d still be at my desk, in front of my computer, staring out the window I was so desperately wanting to climb through. Secondly, I’d like to shoutout Skip Shea and Anna Chinappi who run the Shawna Shea Film Festival and Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation Inc. Their willingness to believe in my abilities as a filmmaker and grant me the 2019 Women in Film Fellowship Award in order to create my own film means more to me than I could ever explain. Their dedication to helping women grow as filmmakers is beyond recognition. An additional thank you to Sean Carmichael for encouraging me to apply to the Fellowship to begin with. Thirdly, my friends, Cate & Justin, who have been incredible people to collaborate with both on films and in life. Without your ongoing support, I’d be lost in the woods by now. Thanks for always guiding me back to where I need to be and believing that my weirdness undoubtedly has a place in this world. My final thanks goes to my family, who has been unbelievably supportive throughout this entire journey I’ve been following.
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