We had the good fortune of connecting with lucia Tarantino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi lucia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Many different aspects led me on a creative pathway. It wasn’t just one thing. When I was young, I had a speech impediment. I also struggled with reading, and because of this, I did not read as much as my peers. Instead, I would lose myself in films and television. I am naturally curious about why people do what they do in certain situations, so I would daydream a lot in school, creating all kinds of fantasy worlds and places in my head. Mixing that with my natural curiosity about why people do what they do in certain situations. I began to mesh my imagination with the world I saw around me. I started journaling. and started writing stories for my third grade class. I remember my teacher encouraging me, telling me how creative my stories were, I wouldn’t share my stories outside of the classroom. I was shy, but I had a lot going on inside, and I wanted to express it through storytelling.
At the age of seven, I got my first taste of acting, well kind of, my mother brought us to the mall to be shoppers in a back-to-school commercial. I was fascinated by the entire experience. I watched and took in the director, the camera guy, each crew members work. All of it looked so fun. Everything dazzled me. I was jazzed! I loved hearing “ACTION” and “CUT” and returning to the first position. This experience was random and rare from my everyday life, and it was also my last experience. Sadly my desire to act got lost along the way, but a tiny spark was still buried deep in my heart, a yearning to move people through storytelling.
It wasn’t until much later that I took a random writing class in Cambridge, Mass, it was so unprofessional it only existed for three days, but I wrote a short story in those three days. Eventually, I decided what I wanted was to follow my buried dream of acting. I found a class or two in Boston before moving to LA. I attended The Playhouse West in Los Angeles, where we were encouraged to create our opportunities and write. So I took that short story I wrote years back and rewrote it into a short script. This encouragement sparked up the fire to write. I got my friends involved in the production, and my first short film JOHN DOE was born. From there, I continue to express myself through acting and writing and now producing. My latest project is ROSEBUD LANE, directed by John Lacy, which was an incredible experience. And somewhere in the middle of all this, I became a mom to my amazing son, who is now 10.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
As I mentioned, my art is my storytelling. My interpretation of the world around me is expressed through both acting and writing. The production started with my projects, and to help others create and achieve their storytelling. I connect friends with other creatives in my circle. I believe our stories are our babies, and it takes a village to bring them to life. I guess I’d say, I’m most proud of, actually bringing my stories to life and my authenticity. Being me, not anyone else. This is who I bring to every project. And, possessing a sincere ability to embrace and respect others for who they are as a person, their ideas, and their artistry, the foundation needed to develop genuine working relationships. And genuine relationship are important to me.
Each project I wrote, acted, or helped produce offered me different lessons. They taught me the need to be flexible, open, and a team player and to have fun! Creating the indie film ROSEBUD LANE taught that a job well done is not always glamourous, and you have to be willing to get your hands dirty and pliable enough to roll with the punches to make things happen. I am grateful for each project, each person involved and the experience.
God no, my journey on this artistic pathway is not always easy. But, it is always exciting, rewarding and fun, we get to play and create!The biggest challenge I face is time. It’s a very delicate balance between work and my personal life. But, I know when I need to put down work and allow time and space for my son and my family to come first, my son is my world and making time for him is paramount. What helps me through other challenges is a positive attitude, my faith, and sheer determination. I always find a way to follow what makes my heart sing. You have to keep on keeping on no matter what comes your way.
I’m excited to see what 2022 has in store for me! 2022 is another year to say YES!
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?
There are so many gems in LA. I would take them to Hollywood Blvd to the walk fame and Chinese theater. I think it’s the place you can’t miss when you come to Hollywood. A hike up Griffith park and then a bite to eat at trails cafe is one of my favorite things to do. I would take a drive and spend a day at the beach in Malibu and finish with cocktails at Moonshadows overlooking the ocean. If you were lucky, you’d catch the dolphins swimming by. In the evening, we would dine at Osteria Mozza and enjoy a great bottle of wine or at Tar and Roses! I love their food, one of the best menus ever! The botanical gardens are another favorite place of mine to chill and meditate. And, of course, we would have to go to Jazz night a LACMA. It’s the best-kept secret in Los Angeles, pre-covid.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ll shoutout to my family and friends who have been there for me and supported all my endeavors. My parents raised me to be strong, so I could do what I want, not what the world tells me I should do. My sister Danielle understands me, my ups and downs, and is quick to lend an ear. My friends on the east coast are irreplaceable, and my friends here in LA support my work and me personally. A shout out to my son. He’s my biggest fan. And myself, because I push myself the most, especially during difficult times. I allow my intuition to guide me in the right direction. I persevere.
BN Photography – for the two head shots only.