We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Pardi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I’ve realized that for me, inspiration is cultivated by staying actively curious, rather than waiting for it to strike at random. I’ve made it a habit to learn something new every day. This is could be reading a chapter of a book, it could be asking a stranger a question, it could be walking down a new street in my neighborhood.
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.
Until recently, I considered myself a jack of all creative trades, and a master of none. I loved trying my hand at many forms of creation and expression ranging from writing, sewing, drawing, videography, jewelry making, pottery, and the list goes on. Although I loved having a smorgasbord of mediums, I was unfocused to the point of struggling to even call myself an artist.
I studied Political Economy at UC Berkeley, steeping myself in absolute pragmatism. I believed that aspiring to be an artist was synonymous with aspirations of becoming the Tooth Fairy. I found respite from my illogical pragmatism in movie theaters; in the warm aroma of salty popcorn, the dimming lights that melt the outside world away, the emergence back into the world where I always felt changed after being immersed in a story.
After graduating, I meandered a seemingly directionless path that took me from a goat farm in Northern California, to the tech industry in San Francisco, to bartending and book mongering in New York City.
I took the deepest plunge of my life by committing myself fully to acting. There was so much trepidation leading up to this decision, but once I finally made it, I have felt aligned and purposeful in a way that I had been searching for, perhaps without even knowing.
I feel that I am living in the culmination of my meandering path, and finally enjoying its fruits. It hasn’t been easy, but as they say, nothing worthwhile ever is!
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?
Too many incredible places to fit into a single list!
-The Formosa Cafe is a Chinese restaurant that is my ideal balance of kitsch and homage to Hollywood’s golden age.
-If you’re wanting to get a little fancy, Bar Bacari is the epitome of LA al fresco dining and a modern American menu
-Astro Diner is the PERFECT 24 hour greasy spoon diner
-Barnsdall Art Park is a fantastic way to get golden hour and sunset views in. If you get lucky, there might even be a string quartet there to serenade you as the sun goes down.
-Silverlake Dog Park could be the real happiest place on earth. Five minutes in this flurry of fur is enough to cure any blues.
I could go on and on and on, but these are the picks that come immediately to mind!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so grateful to those who have given me a chance, those who have imparted their knowledge, and those who have offered love and support throughout my journey!!
I specifically want to thank my partner for always supporting my many zany ideas, and for their patience (that transcends that of a saint) in the many hours spent reading scripts with me, and for always expanding my film literacy with their wealth of knowledge. Thank you for simultaneously being the anchor that grounds me and the cloud that carries us through the skies of our dreams.
I want to thank Yun Xie, the visionary director of Under the Burning Sun. Thank you for taking a chance on me, for challenging me, trusting me, and for the care you put into your art and the people who work with you. I thank my lucky stars that fate brought us together. I need an entire lifetime to continue learning from you!