We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Villegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
When it comes to risk, I believe it comes with any lofty goal. Nothing great comes easy, and nothing easy is all that great. I know I have a good head on my shoulders, so any risk I’m willing to take has been properly evaluated. I am always willing to take a risk to get to where I want to go. The career I chose, as a model, and hopefully an actor one day is mostly chasing risk. Castings that you most likely won’t get, and then, there is that one. And for me its worth it. Anytime I book something amazing it reminds me why I put up with the struggle. And its because for me, my biggest fear is never living up to my full potential. There is no place I rather be than on set.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I am modeling full time with Aston Models & Talent. They have me starting in film and on camera work as well. I love working, I love acting, I love performing on and off camera. I want nothing more but to make this what I do every single day of my life. I’ve come such a long way. This is the only job I have. So I’m grateful for that. However, I want to elevate my work and break a new barrier this year in this industry.
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?
If my friend was coming to LA, and we had to stay in the LA area, I’d have us hang out in Malibu for the day all day saturday. I love being by the water. Grab a beer, some oysters, fish tacos. Me and my friends are pretty easy to please. Good food, good drinks, good view, and good conversation. Then on Sunday I’d make a brunch reservation at Republique, and then we’d head to west hollywood and party the rest of the day at the Abbey. Me and my friends like to dance. And the Abbey has the best 80’s/90’s dance music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would mostly like to thank my husband Michael Bessette and my family. Because they are all in Rhode Island, while I travel pursuing what I love. We don’t feel like life is completely about sacrifice but more so about cooperation and communication. So I travel between New York, LA, and Rhode Island, following my opportunities one at a time, while he holds it down in Rhode Island for us. Where the living is a bit cheaper and we can still save money for as long as we can. We decided that we won’t move until my career really forces us too and I’m doing bigger things! But his support means everything. And he actually thinks I’m great at what I do. He doesn’t understand why I haven’t gotten bigger opportunities because he always thinks I can do anything. Sometimes he will see an ad he will say, “this totally could have been you.” I know this industry is all about opportunity meets preparation. I’m always being productive to remain prepared. So when my big opportunity comes, I’m going to be ready. I also would love to shoutout my best friend Mary Beth Dagan, and her husband Leeron Dagan. They house me while I’m in Los Angeles, and it allows me to focus completely on my auditions, actings classes, and jobs.
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