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

Hi Madeleine, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I am the type of person who is very pro striving towards your goals no matter the challenge. However, we are constantly changing, and with that, our objectives may shift, as well. Should you find yourself no longer filled with a sense of dread at the thought of not obtaining your goal, this may be a sign to move on. This is not giving up nor is it a failure. I would look at it as an opportunity to redirect your efforts towards something that better fits the person you are today. And, if the thought of moving on does not sit right with you- don’t do it! Keep going! Breakthroughs, big and small, happen all the time.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I am currently working as an actress and beginning to work behind the scenes as a producer and assistant director, as well. I recently wrapped a feature film for Tubi, and I starred in a short film that is set to premiere soon. Additionally, I was accepted into UCLA’s MFA Producer’s Program! Classes start in the Fall, and I cannot wait to get started!
I started working in the entertainment industry at the age of 11, performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This snowballed into a successful theater and professional classical ballet career including principal roles in Susan Stroman’s ‘Little Dancer’ and ‘Coppelia’ and ‘The Nutcracker’, respectively. Though that world seems like a past life to me, I often find my creative side triggered by music or movement. Roles that ask that I pull from this area of expertise always awaken a special kind of excitement within me.

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.
This is a tough one to answer!

If a friend was going to visit me for a week-long trip to Los Angeles, we would definitely have to do a little bit of hiking. I just hiked to Sandstone Peak with my brother. It’s challenging and beautiful, and I think it’s a must for hiking enthusiasts.

The Getty Villa is a great stop too. The grounds and setting are stunning! Not to mention the extensive collection of artifacts. It’s an absolutely fascinating place.

If we wanted to go shopping, the east side s where it’s at lately. A couple of my favorite shops over there are Gil Rodriguez and Broome Street General Store.

We would definitely have to eat dinner at Night+Market in West Hollywood. The food is so good and the atmosphere is super fun! And for a drink, The Roger Room is a great place to hang out and start the night.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out Peter Stark. He is currently the Director and President of The Rock School for Dance Education, a ballet conservatory, in Philadelphia. I first met Peter back when I was training during my professional ballet career, and, to this day, his knowledge, positivity, and empathy have been an inspiration to me. He is a true gem.

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