We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Rossi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I consider risks to be an essential step towards growth in any area… whether that’s love, career, or life in general. Staying inside the comfort zone doesn’t allow my soul to shine and realize all of its potential. So I find myself constantly pushing that edge, trying to find new ways of expressing myself in writing, music, and ultimately in life. And each time I fully express myself, there’s a certain amount of courage involved. It’s a risk to be authentic because you never know how you’ll be received, but living authentically and putting myself fully on the page or in a song is the only true way I feel I can connect with others through my work or really in any endeavor. And if I don’t put 100% of me into it, then why bother doing it? I believe through taking these risks and being unapologetically me, allowing my soul to shine through my creative passions – that is when my stories or music are able to touch the souls of others, allowing their souls to then also shine and take risks, whatever that looks like to them in their lives. As the lead character Emma says in New Years in Paris, “Fear is the realization that you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone, and that your entire world could change.” Take the risk!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art focuses on storytelling – which I absolutely love to do! I mainly write screenplays and novels, and occasionally songs for the films. People ask me if I hope to direct my own films one day, and I say no! I’d rather put my stories in the hands of experienced directors who know what they’re doing, and get back to creating more ideas from scratch. It’s what I love and for my stories, I’ve been nominated in 2018 for Best Screenplay, 2019 as a Top Female Author, and awarded as a Top 25 Emerging Hollywood Screenwriter in 2020. It’s been very exciting!
My latest work is a romantic-comedy novel “A Night at the Monte Carlo” which has been so fun for me to write! It’s been reviewed as “A fabulously feel-good romance that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you wanting to live life to the fullest.” Feedback like that is so encouraging to me because life can be so hard – as the whole world has just experienced – and I want to help people remember to have fun and enjoy life. A difficult lesson I’m continually reminded of is that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anyone, so we need to embrace each day and find the joy in it.
Hopefully in working with me and my “brand” of storytelling, people can find an escape – to remember what it’s like to fall in love, the drama of uncertainty, the anticipation of what’s to come and really have a good laugh. I try to make all of the characters very relatable with both good and bad traits, that overcome enormous obstacles to follow their true passions… and I like putting them in obscure scenarios along the way to create humor.
Each day I write – whether that’s in words or song, and I continually strive to push myself to create. As a writer, I need to write – thinking about writing, reading about it, practicing skills etc. is all great but it comes down to that scary task of staring at a blank page and putting something on it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love when friends visit and I’m able to show off all of the wonderful things about LA that made me fall in love with the city. There’s of course everything Hollywood has to offer and the history of film… from seeing Marilyn Monroe’s footprints to the steps in the Roosevelt Hotel where Shirley Temple first danced. A stop at the Santa Monica pier with a ferris wheel ride and a margarita overlooking the ocean is a definite must. Shopping in Beverly Hills – even if it is just window shopping! I’d take them on a hike in Griffith Park or to the Hollywood sign, and then to see the La Brea tar pits – which still amaze me that we have these prehistoric artifacts right in the city. Seeing the artwork in the Getty could be a whole day… wow so many things!! My local hangouts are mainly on the westside. We’d go for margaritas at Baja Cantina in Venice… I tend to frequent there, and Tangaroa in Culver City has delish seafood and oysters. Oh and a bowl of pho at Pho Show – so yummy, it’s my comfort food!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have supported me along my journey, from friends and family, to other authors, musicians, and industry folks!! I’m very lucky to have a wide network of support, both in Los Angeles and in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. With that in mind… can I say everyone? There are some great books that have helped me along the way too… Seat of the Soul which was recommended by Oprah, any of Deepak Chophra’s books, Syd Field, Blake Snyder. And I listen to daily mediations that help me feel my way to my true purpose. So along with a shout out to nearly everyone, I’d say those books and meditations also deserve recognition in my life.
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