We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Levy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corinne, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was little my parents immersed me in movies. My dad always took me to the movie theater and I absolutely loved it. As a child (and maybe still today…) I would end up watching my favorite movies over and over again and never get sick of it. I realized I started becoming obsessed with stories and storytelling when I wanted to do the storytelling myself. I became obsessed with leaving my reality and drifting into a different one. A magical one, such as Harry Potter for example. I would have dreams that I was a student at Hogwarts, and that I was best friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I would wake up from those dreams and cry knowing it wasn’t true and that it would never come true. So, I took it upon myself to do the one thing I felt in my heart was closest to being a fictional character living in a fictional world… ACTING. When you portray a written character in a movie, TV show, play, musical… YOU bring them to life, and only your essence can make them unique. In my opinion, that is one of the coolest marks you could ever make in history, and I couldn’t imagine living my life doing anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an actress born and raised on the shore of South Jersey and have currently been living in Los Angeles for seven years now. In 2019, I graduated with a BFA in Acting for Film & TV from Hussian College In Studio (previously known as Studio School). I am excited to continue expanding my career as an artist and always being on my toes about the unpredictable journey ahead.
In these past years since I’ve graduated I have been through loads of challenges, especially due to covid. Covid negatively impacted the entertainment industry in a huge way. I felt like all the accomplishments I made after graduating were ripped away from me. There have been, and honestly still are, so many moments where I felt like I needed to give up, but each time I somehow tell myself that I cannot. Sometimes I think the reason why I can’t give up is because I’ve never allowed myself to have a backup plan. There is nothing else on this planet that I would ever want to do with my life. So, that ends up being my motivation. Because without the ability to act, create, perform, or tell stories, I do not feel like I would survive. I like to say, “when” I am successful, instead of “if” I am. I think it really helps my mentality. I’ve found some new inner motivation and I’m super excited for what the next chapter of my life has in store.
Recently, I’ve been super proud of finally doing something I’ve always wanted to do, which is stand-up comedy. In June of this year, I did a show with Pretty Funny Women produced by Lisa Sundstedt where I debuted my very first stand-up set. I am so happy about it and I cannot wait to do it more. Comedy has always been a strong passion of mine, and I believe my humor is what makes me different than others. I have a good feeling about taking this new path.
Overall, I think it’s so easy to compare yourself to everyone else. Friends settling down, getting married, having children. Other friends booking dream roles, building their careers, becoming friends with celebrities. During tough moments, I remember two extremely cliche things. One, everyone has a different timeline and it’s okay. It feels good to celebrate other’s accomplishments. And two, do not give up. I’m still hammering that into my brain everyday, and hopefully one day, we’ll all see each other at the top.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love beach fires at Dockweiler Beach.
I love relaxing at the Montecito Hot Springs.
I like drinking delicious local beers at Angel City Brewery.
My favorite place to dance is Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
My favorite clubs are The Edison and Clifton’s in downtown.
I love to eat at Grand Central Market, The Boiling Crab, and Dave’s Hot Chicken.
I love seeing movies at the Melrose Rooftop Cinema and El Capitan Theater.
I love seeing shows at the Hollywood Bowl too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people in my life that help, support, encourage, motivate and love me. I am extremely lucky and I love them all. Today, I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my dad, John Levy. He was the one who began my love for movies and comedy, and ALWAYS encouraged me to follow my heart into the performing arts/entertainment industry. Unfortunately, in April of this year, he lost his battle to cancer and there will forever be a hole in my heart. While I desperately miss having my number one fan around, I know he is still cheering me on. He will continue to motivate me for the rest of my life. I love you Dad. Thank you for everything.
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