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Meet Fabio Lo Fria of Paesano Productions in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fabio Lo Fria.

Fabio, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was raised by two Italian immigrant parents. I had a very traditional upbringing. My father owns a small marble and tile business. My mother stayed home to raise me and my two older brothers. Most my time spent with my Family was around the dinner table. When my parents first moved to the states they had NOTHING. Both of my parents worked extremely hard to provide a nice life for themselves and for my brothers and I. I feel they did a dam good job. My parents have some of the best work ethics I know, and because of them I learned to work hard for the things I want. 

My father’s success story showed me that the American dream is possible. Knowing that I am a product of this great man If he could do it then I could do it, and that I could do it on a larger scale. 

One winter in 2012 after going through an early life crisis I was spending a lot of time with my best friend since the 6th grade, Johnny James Fiore, to get back in touch with who I was. This was when I first question what I really wanted to do with my life. That’s when I decided to follow him out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment business as actors and filmmakers. (I never acted or had any experience in the arts before moving to LA) 

Johnny was and still can be the influence in my life to plant ideas on pushing the boundaries. The role I played and still at times is making the plan and taking charge of action towards them. 

Six years later after a grueling process of finding myself, dealing with doubts, fears, mental break downs, depression, debt, you name it, Johnny and I just wrapped our first Film together BOYS. Since moving to LA I experienced the lowest of the lows. Some times were extremely scary and I didn’t know how I would pull myself out. However, I’m extremely grateful for all the challenges because if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I wouldn’t have learned all these life lessons. Nor would I have found myself and my passions. Now for the first time in my life I feel deeply fulfilled. Finally with confidents I can say I am a filmmaker and a craftsmen, one of the best dam actors I know. 

The most important thing I’ve learned that I’d like to share is that the journey is the reward, not the destination. 

I hope the people who read this don’t interpret what I say as arrogant or boisterous. My point is, the tough times are important and worth it. Because I’ve never felt as great as I do now after finally finishing production on BOYS. Therefore I hope to encourage anyone who may be going through a tough time or scarred to take that leap. 

Great, 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?
It has not been a smooth road. I moved to LA with Johnny and his older brother, And for a majority of the year the three of us shared a bean bag as our bed. I was just a 20 years old kid with a dream. I had never supported myself financially before nor had any experience in acting or filmmaking. 

I had no clue what I was doing and I threw myself into the lions den thinking it’ll all work out and be easy. 

Well I was wrong about it being easy. Financially it was tough. With very little working experience it was hard to find a decent job that could give me a decent home and decent food to eat. It took me about two years to be financially stable enough to start really dabbling in the arts. When I started taking acting classes I realized how little I knew as an actor and how green I was. It made my dreams seem so far and unattainable. It was hard to deal with. It made me want to give up. 

Along with all of this I can be pretty insecure, and I easily fall into depression. Dealing with my self is my greatest battle. But if it wasn’t for my pursuits and the craft of acting I would have never taken this much of an in-depth view of myself. Through studying acting I’ve learned tools to help elevate my self-worth, self-esteem, and self-image. This liberated me from all the things holding me back from just living a happy life. 

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
First and for most I’m and Actor. To be more specific I’m a Craftsman and Film Maker. 

Everything I do, all my pursuits revolve around furthering my career as an Actor. 

I truly am in love with the art form itself. It’s one of the things I do that really fulfills me the most in the moment. 

When it comes to filmmaking it’s something that comes very naturally. Johnny and I always watch movies together and without intention talk hours afterwards dissecting them. As children we use to make movies on my parent’s camcorder. 

Two years ago we came up with an idea for a film called BOYS. A story about Romance, Best Friends, and a Girl. In a nutshell the story is a magnifying glass over the inner workings of my relationship with Johnny. The overall message is the importance of friendship. If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be here today. 

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Honesty, Respect, Trust, Loyalty. 

If you want people to connect to your art, If you want to move people, then you have to be brutally honest with your work. You have to be willing to rip your heart out in front of everyone, and bleed out on that stage for the world to see. 

The truth, the real truth is always compelling. Although it may be hard to share. Someone observing your art will be able to connect with it. They will go home feeling less alone and better about themselves. That’s what makes it worth it.

Contact Info:

  • Email: fabio.a.lofria@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Fabio.lofria

Image Credit:
Syd Richardson and Chris Holz

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