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Check Out Rebecca Morandi’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Morandi.

Hi Rebecca, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I grew up wanting to become an actress, I did acting all through school and I was determined to study acting in college. After high school I worked for a year, I saved up and came to LA to go take summer acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts here in LA and at NYFA in Florence, Italy. While at NYFA, I worked a lot with the filmmaking students and realized that what they were doing was actually really cool, so once my classes were over, I started working part-time as an assistant at a friend’s video studio near my hometown, I was not paid but my friend was giving me filmmaking, camera and lighting classes at the end of the day… and I loved it.

I quickly realized I had no money to actually go to film school in the US like I wanted to, so – by a series of fortunate coincidence – I got a summer job at NYFA Florence, which then turned into a year-round position for 3+ years, and allowed me to learn everything…

While at NYFA, I met some incredible filmmakers – one of whom is still my business partner at Maua Media LLC, Nicola Ciccarelli – and started freelancing. At first, I was doing whatever was coming my way – sound on some national commercials, AC for indie shorts, AD on student projects… Slowly I naturally transitioned to production.

I don’t think I knew exactly what production was at first, I just knew I was organized, knew what production needed and how to bring people together to make it happen…

After three years at NYFA when I left, I was producing commercials around Italy. I left Florence and was based between Milan and Bologna (my hometown) for a bit until I moved to the states.

I was lucky enough to win a Green Card with the lottery in 2017, so I started coming back and forth between Italy and LA back then until I actually moved in 2019. Since I moved, I have been focusing more and more on narrative projects, I have produced my first feature film, directed by Jaclyn Bethany, in December 2019 and my second one in the midst of the pandemic in July 2020 and a lot more since…

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think the road to any sort of creative endeavour is ever smooth, but that is what makes it worth it. It wasn’t easy to move across the world and start over after fighting so hard to create a life and career in Italy.

It wasn’t easy to fund and make happen my first indie feature, or any indie feature for that matter… it wasn’t easy to keep afloat when everything shut down last year. In February 2020, we had literally just started our LLC, Maua Media, and had great work lined up and everything fell through of course… but we survived.

I don’t think it’s ever easy, but every time you overcome something, you get a little stronger and a little calmer in the face of future struggles.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a film producer specializing in Indie productions. I am extremely proud of my first feature, Highway One, currently doing the festival rounds and soon coming out in cinemas in the UK. I am proud of the work I have created because I am always able to keep a balance between the creative and the practical. I think my job is a wonderful mix of problem-solving, creativity, and people and money management. Producing is taking care of your crew and your film and making decisions to make both thrive, and I love a good challenge.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk is inevitable and being able to let go to the unknown and trusting it will all work out is such a fundamental skill to practice. I like to think I am a planner, I am great at that, but really when I look at the life and professional choices I have made, I have taken so many risks… The thing about taking risks is that you are going to make fail eventually and make mistakes so you need to really be determined to get where you are going even when the risk-taking doesn’t pay off and you will have to risk again to make things happen.

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Ph. Chris Costello (photo 1, 2, 4) PH. Camilla Zetta (photo 5)

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