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Conversations with the Inspiring Roberta De Santis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roberta De Santis.

Roberta, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always wanted to become an actress. When I was seven, every Saturday my family used to gather all together and eat as most large Italian families do. I remember that I used to leave the table, go into another room and rehearse shows with my cousins. I planned everything! I gave them some fake tickets that I made with blank piece of papers so I’d let them sit on the couch and enjoy my shows like a real audience. Now if you will ask me:” did you take some acting class at that time?” nope!

As a child, I couldn’t stand to dedicate half of the time to my biggest passion: acting. So since high school was fast approaching, I waited until the end of the school before starting to do what I loved. I was 18 when I moved to Rome and I started attending an acting school where I started getting to know myself deeper. My curiosity pushed me to always work on something and that’s when I started seeing my first results and to believe in my dreams. Towards the end of those two full years of acting and cinema, I started working in film and tv, and I finally had the chance to turn my passion into a job. However, I felt I needed to keep practicing and I wanted to challenge myself moving to Los Angeles, my dream city. I auditioned for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in London even though my English wasn’t fluent. Yeah, I risked it! But guess what?… I got in!

In 2018 I moved to USA and a new journey begun! It’s been two years now I’ve been living here in Los Angeles and I still cannot believe how many things I’ve learned here. One of the most precious things I’ve learned here is believing in myself. Thanks to my teachers and mentors of the Academy, I learned to trust my impulses and follow my heart, to take my work seriously but also to be in love with the process working hard EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been tough for me moving to LA without being fluent in English and without knowing anyone. But I felt that I needed to be here in order to become who I wanted to be. When you move from one country to another it’s easy to lose yourself and question your own identity because of the language, the culture and different mindsets. This city made me feel every possible emotion. I felt lost, lonely, misunderstood.. just different. I tried to fit into a model that I had in my mind in order to feel accepted.. but then I found out that the only person I had to convince that I was worthy enough was myself. Many teachers and friends I’ve met along the way showed me that the only way to feel grateful was accepting myself. That’s when I changed my mindset and I started to discover myself. I can’t lie, it’s easy to feel lonely in this city and sometimes it’s hard to recognize who your real friends are, but once you find them, you’ll find your family for life.

My suggestion for who is starting this journey is: don’t let fear stop you from achieving your goal. If you try to be someone else, you’ll lose. Embrace yourself, fall in love with yourself, be kind, and the rest will follow. Find your values, and work hard. Do not let anyone tell you to stop. Everything you will believe, it’s gonna happen. If you don’t believe in you, nobody will do it for you. You better start enjoying the process. People around you will notice your effort and passion.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actress and filmmaker. I’ve studied acting for four years and I’ve mostly worked in Italy in tv and cinema. I recently discovered my passion for directing. During last summer, I made my own short film as director, producer and actress that made me realize my potential. I am a really creative person. I like to be active and create something new. I use my Instagram to make people laugh, my webpage to share my work and I do filmmaking to motivate and inspire people.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I’ve been reading a lot recently. The books that make me open my mind and my heart are the inspirational ones. I like to read books about self-growth and those that teach me how to achieve more in my life starting from myself. I love listening podcasts as well. I usually listen to psychological and inspirational ones.

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George Beridze, Melissa Wonder

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