We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabel Mazzolini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk equals opportunity to me.
I was born and raised in Italy but I have always dreamed of pursuing an artistic career in the United States. I knew it was not going to be easy but I was ready to work towards that goal.
Three years ago I got the opportunity to spend a year in San Francisco as part of an exchange program with my formal hometown University and I decided to take it. I was leaving everything behind: my family and friends, amazing food and strong working connections but I had to take that risk. San Francisco was a life changing experience for me, where I met wonderful people and worked on great projects. On March 2020 the pandemic begun and most of my International friends left the country and went back to their homes. I took the decision not to do that despite a big part of me wanted to go home too because I knew that I could not give up yet. I had a job at a production company as a cinematographer and I had the chance to work on multiple shootings.
In March 2021 I finally had to leave the States and soon after I started working again in the field back in Milan (IT) but I was not happy. I wanted to express myself differently, connect with people from everywhere and work on projects with my colleagues and friends from the States.
I finally decided to move to Los Angeles and I enrolled at the UCLA extension program in Directing to explore this role.
Many people could have thought that this was a crazy decision, especially still during uncertain times and with a stable job as assistant camera. But I was lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible people that were only there to support my decision and the risk that I was, once again, taking.
I have now been in Los Angeles since December and I had to take part in many projects with wonderful people, meet friends from around the world and I am currently writing short films that I can’t wait to direct and shoot.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a very sensitive person and I must say that it was mostly harder than easier. I try to explore the human feelings through moving portraits of them, I want to capture their body expressions, small movements that underline bigger worlds and their deep eyes that most of the times say so much more than words. Everything that I portray I somehow lived and it sometimes gets overwhelming, but I think it is the right way for me to express it in the best and purest way possible.
I think that people I worked with recognize a deep caring behavior united with making the best piece possible, I strongly believe in team work and I know that every single person on set deserves respect and recognition of their hard labor.
I am very excited about a couple of short films and a feature that I am in the process of writing as they deeply explore the necessity of being understood and metal issues such as depression and bipolar disorder in relation to children, that I deeply care exploring in my stories.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I haven’t been living here for a long time and I still have to find out places myself, which would be great to do with my best friend! First of all we would definitely check out Santa Monica to have some traditional taco Tuesday and we would then hangout there to experience the beautiful neighborhood. I would then drive them around the coast and hike at the Hollywood sign before some fancy dinner and party in WeHo.
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 I am thankful for!
I would not be here if it wasn’t for my family, first of all. My mom has always been so supportive and helped me out economically and emotionally and my siblings are just as supportive and caring as her.
A big shoutout is deserved to the professors at NABA (Nuova Academia di Belle Arti) that gave me the foundation of knowledge but also supported me while I was taking my exchange year in San Francisco and are still involved in the distribution of my thesis short film.
And I couldn’t conclude without a huge shoutout to the friends from San Francisco and from Italy, they recognize my work and keep pushing me in believing in myself.
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