We had the good fortune of connecting with Letticia Bissondut and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Letticia, how do you think about risk?
That’s a really good question! I guess my usual way of dealing with risk, is figuring out if the thing that I am viewing as a risk scares me and if it does, I almost always run towards it. I try to trust my gut instinct as much as possible and the older I get, knowing which battles are mine to fight becomes more and more important.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Sure, I am an actress and a photographer – mostly humanitarian + fashion/commercial.
Acting, truly is a unique career, in that there is no one path for everyone. Each journey is so individualistic, we can always take inspiration from others but for the most part it’s you working hard, trusting yourself and knowing that you need a good team behind you because you can’t do it all by yourself! I’m really excited about this upcoming year and some projects I am working on, hopefully I will be able to share about them soon but for now I currently have an episode of “Shameless” out, I got to work with William H Macy which was a dream!
Photography came into my life by chance and I am most grateful because it changed it in the best way possible. A lot of my photography opportunities came from me volunteering with nonprofits, which is something dear to my heart. I feel like when we use our skills to serve the people around us, it makes it so much sweeter. I had my first solo art exhibition “Light of the world” in Echo Park about a year ago and recently had photography work and a video installation from my skateboarding series “The Beautiful Savages” was displayed at Art Women Art Week in West Hollywood. And some editorial work in Vogue Italia, which was a delightful surprise. The fun thing about photography for me is that it feels like it’s all just getting started.
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.
Oooh lots of ocean time for sure! Probably do sunrise surf sessions in Malibu, Manhattan Beach, El Porto or anywhere along the PCH that we find some waves, each morning.
Then breakfast at Breakfast by Salt’s Cure, Sqirl, Little Dom’s for blueberry ricotta pancakes or grab some baklava croissants or a bialy from Gjusta to eat on the beach.
Photo hang’s at the skatepark and some time to discover something new in the city each day. Lunch at L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Jon and Vinny’s or find a dope food truck, usually love finding African Chop for a little taste of home.
Afternoon walk at the Leica Gallery or Moma. Watching the sunset at Griffith Park Observatory, oh Mulholland lookout is great for that too and the beach of course.
Osteria Mozza, Night market song, Gjelina, La Poubelle, Black Cat, Terroni, Jones, La Petit Trois and EP.LP for dinners. Make time for a little dance session at Tenants of the trees in Silverlake and a rooftop drink somewhere in the neighborhood. Throw in a farmers market or two and a hike, of course.
Obviously most of these would have all been pre pandemic but a lot can be adjusted to do in a very covid safe way. Oh we would have to fit in some Van Leeuwens, Salt and Straw, S.O.L and SK donuts in there too.
I love LA , clearly love eating and the beach too haha. Even during this very strange time in history with the pandemic, the city has been able to adapt as best as it can to try keep everyone safe. Hoping we can find a way to safely fully support all these great places again soon.
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?
Mom and dad are always at the top of my list when it comes to any success that I may have, I lucked out with them always being so supportive especially since most parents generally don’t often support careers that take their kids into the arts, especially when you’re an Indian kid who grew up in apartheid South Africa in segragation, having a creative career, let alone leaving is not something anyone ever tells you, you can do! I also have a great team consisting of my manager, Mark at CSP Management , he’s the best and has/is helping guide my acting career and an intimate group of mentors who are also my close friends that I go to when I have big decisions to make. It takes a village for sure!
Other: The beautiful savages Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebeautifulsavages/?hl=en Light of the world https://www.instagram.com/lightoftheworld_volumeone/?hl=en Podcast. https://anchor.fm/humanspod/episodes/Letticia-Bissondut—Humans-20-elb4ee
Photo One : Headshot of Letticia Bissondut courtesy of Caitlin Fisher Photo. Photo: Two: Letticia Bissondut by Dina Anne Photo Three: Light of the world photos series shot by Letticia Bissondut Photo Four: The Beautiful Savages photo series by Letticia Bissondut Photo Five: Vogue Italia feature shot by Letticia Bissondut Photo Six: Savage femininity photo series by Letticia Bissondut Photo Seven: Savage femininity photo series by Letticia Bissondut Photo Eight: Protest in downtown LA by Letticia Bissondut Photo Nine:Savage femininity photo series by Letticia Bissondut