We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus Marcelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcus, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think my passion has helped me find my successful habits that have served me well in my acting career. I believe that my professional approach has been the key to my success; a lot of people call themselves actors without having any training or experience, well in this industry anything is possible, but I think being an actor means more than just being hired from a production. It is a life choice that requires training and consistency like any other discipline! Many times you are required to change your body, your accents, your voice, the way you walk or interact, most of all you are required to change your mindset and share a great deal of empathy with your characters. For as much of a genius you might be, these are all skills that one is not born with, it requires time and above all training, at school or on your own. This is why I decided to attend several professional academies including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before becoming an actor. The work was very intense, but it helped me especially in the technical part. Empathy is really the engine of it all and the greatest lesson I’ve learned way before going to school and that cannot really be taught. I think that curiosity towards life is the secret driving force of the energy that animates me not only when I’m on the set, but mostly when I don’t have to perform. Great books, films, music, stories with common and uncommon characters are for me continuous stimuli to think, to plan, to create.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s hard to consider acting as a job. For me, it’s a passion that I have had since childhood and that I have cultivated over time, thanks also to the encouragement of many. Despite this, the path was not easy at all; I had to understand and face a very competitive world where it is not enough to be a great actor, the world of Hollywood. However, this strengthened me and taught me many things: the value of commitment and sacrifice. But however difficult and complex, my journey has made me much more sensitive and grateful towards life in all the forms in which it manifests itself. Acting is a very personal form of art, you are not good at it until you have created your own acting style. The way you respond to what is happening around you sometimes is comical, sometimes is tragic, sometimes it teaches you a lesson but it must always be interesting.
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?
Knowing my friends, I would probably show them around Hollywood and the studios up in Burbank. For dinner I have my very special place down in Long Beach on board of the Queen Mary, a beautiful transatlantic from 1936, I love spending time there. If they were lucky to come during the summer, I would probably take them down to Laguna Beach, definitely the most beautiful spot during the summer. Disneyland and Universal Studios are a must. Another great attraction is the desert outside of LA with its ghost-towns and cowboy culture.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think my family deserves the highest credit, not just for believing in me, but for being able to constantly push me forward. I would never have become the man I am today without my wonderful family, from which I received emotional support and cultural stimuli since childhood. As for my teachers, there would be too many people to mention, from my acting mentors to my math teachers back in Highschool, all of them did their part in making me more curious about life and its various forms. In the end, acting is the art of living: the more you care about life, the better your acting will be.