We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Cordileone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what makes you happy? Why?
New ideas make me happy – because they drive curiosity and offer possibility. I love collaboration. I love bringing lots of people together to tell a story. If I can see a story, I have to make it or work to be a part of it. I think the process of moving from idea to reality/experience through art is an incredible gift for all involved.
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.
Looking forward, what I’m most excited about is a new feature film I’m working on inspired by a true story. I’m really interested in exploring the intersection of technology today with the opportunities allowed to women during the growth of infrastructure at the turn of the 20th century: how that shaped history, how that affects us today, where we’re headed, how we can affect positive change for women in STEM moving forward through the stories we tell, etc. I think I got to where I am today because I just keep going. I’ve overcome challenges by continuing to ask questions, investigate, sit quietly, learn, collaborate, meet new people, and show up. Best lesson I’ve learned: listen to your gut – then show up and stand firm in your convictions. Let people see who are. I feel like I’m just getting started, working with a clear purpose as an actor, writer and producer. This “multi-hyphenate” thing we’re using in the industry is fluid and sometimes I lean into one more than another – but my purpose is taking shape. I want to tell stories I’m proud of that affect positive change for women, LGBTQiA+ and BiPOC women in STEM industries.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming this is in a non-COVID world… I actually would start at the beach and work my way east. It’s funny I never get the beach and I really should – it’s too close not to go! But I would want to find a quiet spot away from the noise. Then I would pull over and get out in West Hollywood. I really like Saint Felix for Happy Hour and Oof, the Abbey. I mean you have to mention the Abbey it’s like a gay castle. Love it. Hugo’s for lunch! Any number of coffee shops… everywhere. I think I would have to hit a concert at The Hollywood Bowl or the Wiltern because I still haven’t been in that theatre yet. If OUTFest Fusion was taking place I would take them to the Egyptian – great party too! Runyon Canyon, The Observatory… Thai Town, K-town – for FOOD! If I were downtown and there were a taping of something or a stand up show at the ACE Hotel or a screening at The Orpheum. I love old theatre’s… Maybe check out Clifton’s, the Bradbury building, the downtown library. Lot of great architecture. LA is so HUGE – there’s so much to see – the city keeps opening up the longer I’m here..
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?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Jennifer Bartels, who supports my work as an actor in ways I can’t thank her enough for, Amy Dellagiarino for understanding my voice, Sonia Sebastian for teaching me more about how to be a true storyteller, Mouzam Makkar for always being game to work together and believing in me, Glenn Stanton for long phone conversations, my close friends for years in my little circle of trust Haviland Stillwell, Anthony Navarro… and my brothers and family back in Chicago, NC and New York!
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