We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisa Guidelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elisa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It was pure instinct, actually. Writing and be a writer is very often a gamble, so I tried to come to terms with the world we live in. I decided to follow and grown my passion but at the same time I came up with a plan B and diversify the applications of writing, using it not only in my own creative world but also in journalism and in the business world, and I think it was a good compromise because you don’t lose sight of your goals.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am happy to have conquered every inch alone, counting only on myself and my determination, without ever having compromised and remaining myself: it was very difficult, but I am glad I always tried new roads, I didn’t stop at a thousand closed doors and I kept looking for my voice even when someone tried to silence me. It’s not over yet but i realized it’s worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I definetly take them to the lands of Matilda, the Great Countess of Canossa, in Italy. She is also known as Mathilde, or Matilda of Tuscany, and she was a medieval countess, duchess, marchioness and queen, a powerful feudal landowner, the ruler of all the Italic regions to the north of the Papal States. Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma, in Emilia Romagna, Mantova in Lombardy, Lucca in Tuscany are all very places where you can find her castles, palaces, churches and you can see her history and where she lived her magnificent and dramatic life. When I wrote the novel about her, and then I started to think about a tv drama inspired by her story, I did my researches in all this cities and places and I discovered all the beauties and the gastonomic specialties too. Parmigiano Reggiano, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Spergola wine are all delicatessen you have to try when you visit the lands of Matilda.
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 family, without a doubt, always supported me and helped me in my “strange” career: there were difficult times when I often wondered if it was worth moving forward, and my family gave me a great help not to give up.
Manuel Colombo, Stefano Horvat, Carlo Moretti, Open Gate