We had the good fortune of connecting with Enzo Cellucci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Enzo, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
If something is scary, there’s a good chance it’s exposing you in some way. That discomfort is where we believe art lives, you can spend your whole life trying to please everyone – or you can make something honest and personal. When you create from a place of fear you compromise yourself. We love entertainment for entertainments sake, but there’s a formula to it, it’s created for mass consumption so it can’t be too irreverent. In art we have the opportunity to communicate questions, thoughts, feelings that are impossible to communicate purely in regular conversation. We want to deal with the contradictions and messiness of our personal experiences and share that through film. A lot of people won’t connect with that at all but for those that do connect, they’ll connect on a much deeper level. That’s the goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I don’t think anything really “sets me apart”. I moved to LA to pursue acting when I was 17, but let’s just say I got distracted and didn’t really do much work.. I bounced between minimum wage jobs for quite some time. Lived in my car for awhile. I counted once – I think I lived in around twenty different places by the time I was 25. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I also wouldn’t say I was doing myself any favors. Over time I miraculously found a few mentors that sort of took it upon themselves to guide me out of the darkness, to stop repeating self-destructive behaviors, etc.
I’ve learned quite a bit along the way but I guess the most important stuff is finding who you are and being true to that regardless of the results, materialistically, socially. Just figure out who you are, what you wanna contribute and act from a place that aligns with that. Be curious about the world and yourself. Try not to compare. Try to have compassion. So many things are out of our control. All we can really change is ourselves and what we put into the world. We all struggle. Try to not focus too much on resentments and shame and all that stuff and do what you enjoy. Make the most out of whatever moment you’re in because that’s all any of us ever really has. I’m definitely not in that space all the time but it helps to remind myself that’s the mindset I’m aiming for.
I guess now that I can call myself a filmmaker I want the world to know… I don’t know watch my stuff if you want. Or don’t. Up to you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I love the east side. That’s the Los Angeles I enjoy the most.. Los Feliz, Echo park, silver lake, eagle rock, highland park, downtown, there are gems in all of them. Definitely recommend tacos from guisados – or the local taco truck. And if you’re into bookstores there’s the Iliad in North Hollywood which may be the best bookstore in America.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ash McNair, my partner at Goosemango Films.
Ash McNair, Enzo Cellucci