We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisabetta Fox Piantoni and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elisabetta Fox, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding the right balance when you love your job so much, can be quite challenging. You realise that you start making less and less time for friends, family, and yourself – which can become frustrating and lonely at times. You spend so many hours per day with strangers on set that after a few days start becoming a sort of temporary family and friends and some of them you meet again on other sets and you feel at home in a way. I think the key is to keep on checking on yourself and asking if this truly makes you happy or if you’ve entered a sort of “auto-pilot” mode. Having a supportive family and group of friends definitely helps and sometimes they’re the ones to come and rescue you and sort of “kidnap” you for a day or two here and there.
It is important to have hobbies outside of this industry, something that keeps you going and excited when your main job doesn’t go so well or you are going through a tough time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started off as a business major. It was never something that I was extremely excited about, but it felt useful and the right choice at the time. I was always into photography but I never saw it as a possible career, I would do it for fun with friend or during family vacations and I truly enjoyed it but I just never thought of it as something that could be my path, or even an option in general. However, after graduating college, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a summer program in film production – and that’s where it all started. I remember on the first day, the professor told us about her life and career and her experience while working with National Geographic. I couldn’t believe it, “so it is possible!” I was standing in front of someone who actually did what I loved as a living. I realised that maybe, being an adult and working don’t have to make you feel miserable, that once you find a way to do what you love for work, life takes a completely different turn. So needless to say that after that program, I started working more and more as a photographer and video maker, slowly making a career out of it until the day I finally decided to take it a step forward and applied to graduate school for film production.
It wasn’t easy at first, and oftentimes it still isn’t. When I see friends’ updates back from business school with a family, house, a full time job, it sometimes feels like I am behind or it still makes me doubt whether this can be a feasible career in the long run. But every time I am on set, I am reminded of how much I love doing this and how I look forward to the next day whenever I get home, even after a long day. And that alone, it is already a strong self reminder that I should keep on going along this path.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to a 35 mm or a double feature theatre with a giant portion of popcorn. I would then take them to Griffith to see the city from above and then end the day with a sunset walk along the Santa Monica pier. Saturday would be dedicated to brunch at the Republique and farmers market, while Sunday we would spend the day in Venice at the flea market and then a walk around Abbot Kenney with another brunch at the Great White.
One day would also be dedicated to Silver Lake, while browsing book stores and thrift stores with a takeaway coffee from a local cafe (such as my favorite Broome St. General Store) and then a slice of pizza from Triple Beam for lunch. We would then end the day with a little swan boat ride at Echo Park Lake and then dinner at Manuela’s downtown.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It might be a little bit cliché but if I am where I am today, it is because of the support of my mother. When I was little, she spent the majority of the time at work and I’d be at school until late or at home with my grandmother. However, she always made sure to find time to do something fun together, whether it was an afternoon spent building a bedsheet fortress or even just a quick ice cream adventure. She has always supported me in everything – a new sport, musical instrument (even the kitchen pans), when I decided to leave my hometown off to a new city and school. She was always there for me. And now that I live miles and miles away from home, the support is still there, if not stronger. I know that no matter what, I can give her a call and she will always know what to say to make me feel better or even just to listen – whether I am struggling at work or debating which washing machine cycle to choose.
No matter how old I get, she will always be my number one supporter and adventure companion, making leave home harder but also a safe and welcoming space that is always there for me, which allows me to take on more challenging and risks here.

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