My Life so Far: 10 – MODELING & ACTING

“My Life so Far” part 10

Modeling & Acting

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It seemed many people were impressed with my outlook and convey the idea that I should do something about it.

Finally one day my uncle, the brother of my mother, who had a very successful career as an actor of “Fotoromanzi” (a type of magazines who would tell stories of romance and drama like a comic book but with real pictures which was one very popular  mostly among young women and house wives in Europe) convinced me to cast for a possible career in that genre of acting/modeling.

After the casting was successfully completed I was hired to be an “actor” for the most prestigious company in that genre: LANCIO. It was confirmed then to me that I had a very photogenic face.

The work at LANCIO did not last long as there were past conflicts between the company and my uncle which negatively effected my LANCIO “career” as my uncle was acting as my manager with them.

I later fund out that he had many enemies in the company and therefore I was not much welcome by them. However that experience trigger the beginning of a part time career as a model. Modeling Agencies would call me for casting opportunities and thanks to my easiness in being in front of the camera and my photogenic gift often I would succeed in getting some jobs.

For a time period I did all kind of modeling, posing for newspapers, commercials, TVs, fashion, etc.

In my heart I was not much interested in that kind of activity but because they were happening only occasionally and did not take much time I would gladly do them in order to make some money that I would then used to pay off some expenses and sometimes even produce creative projects.

The idea that I was considered “handsome” by the surrounding for some reasons never really made an impression on me. It never occur to me that because I was considered commercially handsome by the industry I could “make it” in the entertainment business. I was very much an introverted young man and I did no like to entertain or be in the center of attention. Still today I feel the same and I do much  better on a one to one connection rather then in groups.

Later in my twenties for a short period of time I had the desire to study acting. I was still searching for an identity and I remember at that time wondering if acting could have been a creative way to express myself deep into my core. I soon found out that there were offering course from the Actor Studio from a supposedly well know teacher named Beatrice Bracco.

Although my introverted personality was a little bit reluctant I enrolled myself. Every week in the late afternoon I would go in a little theater in one of the many areas of the historic center of Rome and gather together with a group of about 20-30 students around Beatrice Bracco who would teach us many different acting techniques. It was a very interesting experience for me and in many ways I enjoyed it. Also I found out that like many of the others I had some talent on it and I could probably become good at it. However when the course ended I could not find a way to link what I have learned to the professional world. I did not know how to go about it and I was not passionate enough about it to take the immense time that was necessary to pursue the career. It was however a very beautiful experience and I had the opportunity in many exercises to reach the core of my being. Beatrice was very impacted by this when it would happen.

 

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