We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Cutelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, what is the most important factor behind your success?
What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand? By Nick Cutelli www.cutellicomedy.com As an actor and writer in Los Angeles when it comes to creating success for me the most important factor making “rejection” be your Mr. Miyagi. For me, I was very lucky because it was something I was taught starting out in my college theatre program at Southeast Missouri State University. Being able to learn from your failures and grow from it. Throw in a little persistence into the mix with a touch of luck and I would say that describes the formula to my success so far in my career. Bottom line you just can’t be afraid to fail. In reality, failure is your number one ally because there’s so much you can learn from it and that’s how you get better. The problem is that a lot of people always see failure as an end all be all and take it really personally. When in reality its a learning experience and to put it in video game terms it’s your level up/ power up moment. I know a lot of actors that turn into their own worst enemy because they second guess everything they do or they want everything to be absolutely perfect such as their reels or headshot. It’s that old saying “there are a million reasons not to do something” and sometimes people choose to go through each reason. And then by the time you believe you’re ready to put yourself out there in the industry you’re getting wheeled into a retirement home. I know actors that are very talented but never made it because they were obsessed with wanting all their material to be perfect. Or they didn’t like to audition because they didn’t want to face the rejection of not being cast. There’s never going to be a perfect time to do something, you just have to jump into the pool of Hollywood and learn how to swim. I see it a lot with writers too they get afraid to put their work out there for others to read because they fear rejection and criticism. So they keep doing rewrites and telling people it’s not ready yet. They get obsessed with reaching the idea of complete perfection when in reality nothing in this world can be completely perfect. Trust me I don’t know if you’ve seen social media but you can’t please everyone, there are going to be people that don’t like you. When that happens you have a choice you can get sad and cry about it or you can make that rejection be your bitch. You learn from it because rejection always hides things that maybe you didn’t see. When I write a script the first thing I ask is “what didn’t you like about it?” I know that people’s critiques will point out things that maybe I missed in my story or character development. The last thing I’ll add is that I believe sometimes as artists in tinsel town we take rejection too personal. We let it have too much power over our mental health when in reality you need to step back and break it down. You need to remember that there is always another opportunity around the corner. You didn’t get cast for that cracker commercial, but there will be another one. A producer didn’t care for your pilot, there are tons of other producers out there that want to read your script. There are tons of opportunities out there and every rejection is just a learning experience that leads to a bigger and better one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actor/writer and also an on-camera news correspondent in the city of Los Angeles. I would say my style of humor and process set me apart from others in my industry. I tend to be an artist that also looks at his career as being a small business. I truly believe that you have to go out there and consistently be pitching yourself and sharing your work with the world. To be honest when I started thinking in the sense that I’m a small business owner I really think my career started to move forward. When I focused more on networking and selling myself as an artist more. It was not an easy road, but it never is. I don’t know one business that said it was easy getting to where they are. The big challenge you face is rejection and you just have to learn from it because it really helps you grow. The main thing I’ve learned along the way is that you truly have to know yourself as an actor. What is your style, method, and brand? You have to have a touch of a used car salesman because people will always ask you what your style is. And if you have a generic answer then you can’t separate yourself from the norm. In reality, I would describe my style/brand as an actor is a Dad that tries to fit in with his school middle school friends at a sleepover. I’m a goofball character with good intentions that is constantly reminded by his mom that he’s the coolest guy at community college.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Los Angeles so whenever someone comes to visit me I always take them on a studio tour. I always find that people love visiting the film studios, they get to see where the movie and TV magic is made. Also, we would take a trip to the Greystone Mansion because its such a cool place and has an amazingly rich history. One thing I find that friends always want to do is to visit Beverly Hills just because its Beverly Hills. I try to get people to act out the movie Beverly Hills cop with me when were there, but they’re never interested. When it comes to food I have two places that I love to visit, one is Arts Deli in the valley which hands down has the best Pastrami in all of Los Angeles. The second would be Bludso’s BBQ because it’s just simply the best.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would say that my college professors at Southeast Missouri State Univesity Ken Stilson, Rhonda Stilson, and Rob Dillion. They were the ones that mentored me and encouraged me to pursue acting and how to make it as an artist.