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

Hi Johnny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk, what about Risk? I’d say it’s necessary but I eventually learned that it’s a very personal thing. I was lucky enough to have been exposed to risk, in a controlled way, since a was a kid. My parents taught me to face obstacles directly, with courage. “And when it’s too much, ask for help to family, friends, God and even strangers but don’t give up!”

I’ve personally taken a lot of risky choices along my path, starting in school. Right now it could sound silly but back in the day when I was 6-7 years old, confronting a bully or a not so friendly teacher was a big deal. This way to live life stuck with me also lately, in situation when “somebody should do something” and I always felt like time was flying by too fast to wait for “somebody”.

Risk is crucial to grow. It can be extremally courageous or stupid, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Few years ago, while reading books about storytelling, I synthetized the concept:

“There is a thin line between courage and stupidity, but that line, only exists by the eyes of the bystanders. I don’t see no line, I just see what must be done.”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There are many inspiring stories all around, where you look at that hero and say “if they succeeded, I should definitely take a shot”. If one day somebody is able to get inspired like that by my story, I’ll be the gladdest man.

I decided to answer the “artist’s call” by the end of my high school. Being an actor, when you really know what it takes, it’s a lot of sacrifices. My family always had my back but I always tried to be independent as much as I could.

I began right away with the best! An intense acting program with Danny Lemmo (Actors Studio), for several years. Then a lot of workshops and seminars, Michael Margotta (Actors Studio). While books, movies, youtube videos, interviews, classes, classes, classes.

Then I happened to produce quite a few projects in Rome, shooting hundreds of self-tapes for friends and for me, helping colleagues with their scripts, making videos…

Pandemic tried hard to stop me but I managed to settle down in LA against the odds. The very first 2 weeks in Hollywood, I was working with academy awards winners. I co-produced and co-hosted the 2022 edition of the “Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Fest” at the Chinese Theatre. Amazing experience.

I’ve always expanded my contacts web since then and I’m lucky to say that I’m being busy with what I like.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The most important factor to enjoy anything is about the people. Said that, I had beautiful times getting lost all around the city. I’ve been around the block a couple of times but I can’t say I know LA like a taxi driver.

I’d bring friends to parks and museums right away. I’d eat mostly to my many friend’s Italian restaurants (conflict of interest?) and I’d walk on the hills.

It’ll take me a little bit more then 2 months to find all the secret spots, I’ve just started!

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?
If I had to put credits and special thanks on my life-film, so to say, it’d last probably 23 years, as my age. I am blessed and lucky, I’ll never get tired to say that.

Picking one of my dearest, Danny Lemmo. My Master Acting Coach and close friend. All the way from the Actors Studio to Rome, he welcomed me when I had nothing but determination. As we joke together, I’m honored to call him “Da best”.

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