We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabiana Medici and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Fabiana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks is important for improvement and development in any career, especially for actors. Personally, I’m an adventurer and took risks my entire life. They helped me to grow and get out of my comfort zone. As a consequence, my creativity exploded with inspiration and new ideas. Sometimes I tell my clients to write down five risks that they would like to take but are afraid to, then choose one of them and do it, even if only in their imaginations. When they are done I encourage them to write the experience in their journals. This simple exercise can become the seed that will grow into a life-changing tree.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It was a long journey that began when I was five years old and somehow knew that I was an actress. I began acting in the theatre in Argentina when I was 14 years old and never stopped being a stage actress until I was 35 in Los Angeles when I decided to become a full-time acting coach and pay attention to my old passion for writing. I traveled worldwide and lived in different cities always curious about the human experience in each place, their cultures, their belief systems, their foods, their history, etc. I would look for the artists at each place and go study with them, do shows, or do whatever creative endeavor I was inspired to. Sometimes was street performance or political theater, painting, dancing, writing, storytelling… I learned from people in small villages. You can find some of the best storytellers there. It was easy in a way because there was plenty of life to learn from, and the abundance of creativity and inspiration never ended. It was a time of nonstop movement. Then came a period of stillness. And this was the difficult part because I thought I was stuck and that I had no more inspiration, I felt blocked. It took me a while of fighting this feeling to understand that a better way was just to sit with it and explore what was there for me. Then I felt the movement in stillness and something else happened. I began writing again. I learned that sometimes creativity flows and grows in stillness. We don’t notice because we are used to the fact that we always need to be doing “something”, so it’s hard to step back and allow that “something” to just happen without us making it happen. Sometimes things need to wait for the right time to manifest and it may feel to the artist like a period of blockage but it’s not so, it’s a period of growing, like the silence in the music.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first place I would take them is the beach and to rent a boat and go see and maybe swim with the wild dolphins in Malibu, maybe at Point Dume. Then we will have brunch at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. After that, I would give them a tour of the beach cities from Malibu going south maybe until Palos verdes or so visiting nature. I love beaches and Nature. I will also give them some city tours in downtown LA and Beverly Hills (most people love to visit Beverly Hills) I’ll bring them to local museums (LACMA, MOCA, GETTY, ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES, etc) I love the Huntington Library… I’ll also bring them to Universal Studios, it’s fun to spend the day playing in there. I’ll bring them to the original Farmer’s market so they can eat whatever they want from the variety of restaurants and share the same table. Then, of course, in my town, Culver City, I like the Citizen Market and Salt and Straw ice creams are the best… But… all this plan could change in a minute if something more interesting shows up. That happened to me many times. Plans changed within a blink of an eye into something better.

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?
Some of my best acting teachers and mentors that guided me are Lito Cruz, Augusto Fernandez, Norman Brisky, Dominique Defazio, Charlie Laughton, Geraldine Baron, Susan Peretz, and all the people that I encountered in my life, they all inspire me, help me to keep growing and studying the human experience. And of course, my sons who keep teaching me life lessons every day.

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