We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Ferrucci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Necessity. Survival. Not being good at anything else.
Art has, figuratively and quite literally, saved my life. It’s one of the only things I truly believe in. Working inside of a creative process on something I’m passionate about, whether solo or with artists I trust, admire, love, and respect, is probably the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt. It’s an extremely rare event and one I’m constantly searching for.
Art has taught me the importance of struggle and failure.
Art is a loyal friend. Humans come and go. They endlessly disappoint, and are in a constant state of decline. Art, however, only grows stronger with time. It has pulled me through the thickest of life’s muck.
Art keeps me sane in a world that is drowning inside a deep sociopolitical psychosis, on both sides of the spectrum. It has taught me the importance of quietude in an otherwise cacophonous world.
I need art to help find the truth, whether that truth suits me or not. As May Sarton says, “I see my function as quietly destroying myths, even those of my own making, in order to come closer and closer to reality and to accepting reality.”
I would not call my journey a “pursuit of an artistic career.” I’d rather call it a necessity for a life in art.
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 an actor, performer, and musician. I don’t know what sets me apart from others and if I thought about that I probably wouldn’t be set apart from others.
I’m most proud of my art education, and if I’ve ever created any art that has moved someone in some way then I’m proud of that, as well.
I’m excited by projects I believe in and fellow artists I admire.
I assume I’ve gotten to where I am today because I’ve kept going in that direction with tons of support and guidance from people who are much more talented and wiser than me.
I don’t think trying to do anything well is ever easy.
I wouldn’t know where to begin when talking about the lessons I’ve learned along the way, but one of the biggest lessons I can think of is the story of Sisyphus, which has several interpretations. For this, however, I’ll go with Albert Camus’ take: “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to friends and family. To my teachers, professors, and mentors over the years. To Victor Borge, Bill Irwin, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who initially sparked my interest in performing and learning about craft. To poets and writers like Mary Oliver, Charles Bukowski, Anton Chekhov, Henry Miller, May Sarton, James Baldwin, Robert Henri, Dostoevsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stanislavski, and Albert Camus (to name just a few) who keep me alive with what they’ve left behind. To anyone that has ever supported my creative work and encouraged me to keep going. Thank you.
Padraic C O’Meara and Johan Liedgren