We had the good fortune of connecting with Pietro Cornini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pietro, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has always been a very important factor in my life, I think risk-taking is something that you must do to achieve your needs and wants, especially when you want to put yourself into the art world. I’ve taken a very big risk in my life when I was 20 and that single risk made me reach today the job that I love. After finishing secondary school in Italy I was supposed to go to Engineering University, at least that is what you are expected to do after the scientific and rational type of education I got in those years. But I decided to completely do the opposite and follow my belief. So I pushed myself into the video production world with close to 0 experience, I worked hard and self-learned a lot of things, and after almost 2 years I got organized, prepared everything, and flew to LA to study Filmmaking. If I haven’t done that, now I would probably be thinking about filmmaking while working where I shouldn’t. Risk-taking is everything, it is living actively for yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve discorded filmmaking late, I would say. At 16 years old, I did my 4th secondary school year abroad alone in Denmark. Until that period I neglected the existence of an artistic side in me, but after spending one year away from everything, I found myself, I found my artistic side, and I fell in love with it! From that point on I decided that I needed to follow my heart and find what I really want. After completing school at 18, I embraced fully my artistic side and decided that art is never going to leave my life.
Right now, 4 years later. I am directing and producing an Italian commercial project which I am really proud of made by multiple sets all over the world, I am visiting great places, traveling a lot and doing good work. it’s interesting project and it’s teaching me a lot of things. I sometimes don’t believe that I am handling such good projects at my age, which is 22 at the moment.
I am really proud of my professional growth, which started from self-learned, and now I have directed and written a short film (‘Bottom Girl’); directed and produced multiple very good commercial projects. But given what I’ve already done, I constantly can see how many things I still need to learn, which is what keeps me very excited to face future things and future challenges.
As much as I think about it, I don’t really know how I got where I am right now, I just feel like I worked, did what I love, and never stopped searching. It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure, I sacrificed a lot of things. I’ve put my head down and worked and I still do, but I don’t regret any decision I made. Through out these years I am definitely certain about only one important thing I learned: I want to create more and more, that’s the fire that keeps me alive, I have found my passion and I am not letting it go.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First of all, we must go eat and drink the best local food I know. After this, I would create a very nice road trip around where I live, every day in a different place, from the city to the seaside to the mountains.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I certainly have to firstly thank my Parents Saverio and Michela, who gave me an opportunity that is very rare and supported me in studying what I love, but also my sister who believes in me every day. I have to thank Alessio Giurgola, Marthinus Philippus Rabie, and Alex Kumph who are two very close friends of mine, whom I met when I moved to LA to study filmmaking. Since I met them, they have never stopped pushing me to be better. I thank Saverio Nasturzio and Filippo D’Addeo, old-time friends, who were the first two “actors” when I tried to film something with my crappy camera at my home in Italy.