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Life & Work with Amanda Lamberti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Lamberti.

Hi Amanda, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Acting has always been a passion of mine. I was a sensitive, creative only-child. I grew up having to entertain myself by imagining large, dramatic scenarios and how I could live within them. I played “commercial” by “selling” every household appliance in the kitchen and torturing my poor mother with endless talent shows.

When she wasn’t available, my twelve teddy bears, neatly aligned on the sofa, would have to do. 

Shortly out of high school, I found the Actor’s Workshop in Detroit, Michigan, and so began my professional acting career. I landed various regional commercials, theatre productions, and two independent feature films. These accomplishments brought me to Los Angeles, where I continued my work in commercial print, music videos, and additional films. Recently, I have donned the director and producer hat while continuing my love of acting.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In short, no, it has not been a smooth road. Like most people in the arts of Los Angeles; whether it’s music, dance, comedy, or acting, “Hollywood” can feel like the Wall in Game of Thrones. That’s not to say it is impenetrable; you just have to find your own way around it. When I first arrived in Los Angeles, I was wide-eyed and impressionable. Hollywood is layered with businesses trying to make it their business to make you successful. This can lead down a long, winding road of confusion and mistakes. Who is the best photographer for headshots? Who is the most highly regarded talent agent? Do I cut and dye my hair to stand out? Once I understood that the best thing I could bring to the table was ME, did I truly begin to flourish. You cannot be anyone other than yourself; so the sooner you get comfortable and confident in that, the quicker the solutions are actualized. I learned I did not need “permission” to create my own work and had a say in my own experience.

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 Los Angeles based actor with experience in film, theatre, commercials, and print modeling. I am best known for playing gritty, honest characters, often living in the underbelly of society. However, my latest project stretched me by requiring a more affluent, somewhat comedic, Cruella Deville-like role. I am most proud of the challenges I have faced in my life and using them as opportunities for development. I have learned to be more open, playful, and loving. I have embraced the character that I am. I would say my best quality is my authenticity. If you were to hire me, I would bring sincerity to your piece.

Currently, I am promoting my completed short film, JANE DOE, available on Vimeo. JANE DOE tells the story of a pair of detectives in pursuit of an elusive predator kidnapping women in the San Fernando Valley when they stumble across a victim who is uncertain she wants to be saved.

Upcoming is the feature film, KNIGHTS OF SWING, presently in its final phase of production. Set in 1947 post-war Southern California, KNIGHTS OF SWING is the tale of a high school swing band and the obstacles they face when racially-motivated members of the community attempt to sabotage them.

What does success mean to you?
I define success as obtaining and maintaining your life objectives the best you can. For me, balance is a key component. I work to sustain pursuit and play, knowing I have to ride the roller coaster through the ups and downs. If I can remember to put on my seat belt and trust the rest, I have had a successful day.

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Image Credits:

Michael Healey (MAIN PHOTO)
Brennan Downing and Alex Eissinger

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