We had the good fortune of connecting with Livio Ramondelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Livio, what do you attribute your success to?
Working hard is obviously key. But more specifically, I’d say making your deadlines and being excellent at communication is crucial. If people contact you about projects, you have to reply back and stay in communication in a timely manner- I am stunned how many artists have trouble with this. Likewise with deadlines- you absolutely have to make sure you hit them. It ensures you get future opportunities, and word of mouth travels around an industry about how reliable you are. Lastly, I’d say being pleasant to work with. When I look to collaborate with someone, a key factor is also how much time I’d like to spend dealing with the person. If you’re an enjoyable collaborator to be around, the work becomes a blast.
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’m most proud of a passion project I worked on quietly that became a reality at the end of 2019. The Kill Lock is an original science fiction comic series created and drawn by me and published by IDW. It was a dream come true to create an entire new world and have it thankfully embraced by an audience. Most people in a creative profession do not have a clear path of where their career is going. It’s kind of the joy of the career in a lot of ways. A writer or artist can have five different projects on their mind and things shift depending on which one you want to pursue first. The challenge as always is making sure you work hard, and treat even a profession most would consider a hobby extremely seriously. The lessons I’ve learned are to always be reliable. It will ensure people want to work with you going forward, or will spread the word to other contacts they have. A bad reputation also spreads. I’d love for anyone interested in my work to check out The Kill Lock, and let me know what you think!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In a pre ( or hopefully post!) Covid world, I would gladly take anyone to The Magic Castle, to Amoeba Records to peruse the best movie selection around, and also to a live figure drawing event at The Other Door bar in Burbank. Depending on the season, a John Willians concert at the Hollywood Bowl or a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery are fantastic.
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’d like to give a shout-out to all the crew behind the Mandalorian- for creating a bright spot in the tumultuous year of 2020!
All images courtesy of Livio Ramondelli