Today we’d like to introduce you to Leo Lungaro.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a New York native who moved to Los Angeles my senior year of high school. I always had an interest in movies and comic books since I was a kid, even go as far as try to pick up qualities from my favorite characters on the big screen, but I had no artistic experience besides the few doodles I did during math class… When I was 16 my little sister who has been acting since she could walk, got an opportunity to pursue it further but she had to move to California. Not wanting to split the family up, I sucked up my New Yorker pride and agreed to move across country. I was going through a transitional phase of really trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and it wasn’t until my sister and one of my now closest friends talked me into an acting class.
I instantly fell in love, really just had a moment of clarity and for the first time ever I found something I could really pursue for the rest of my life. After a few months of acting and learning how insanely passive this side of the industry can be, I picked up a camera and started making my own projects with a group of friends and couldn’t be happier. I delved deeper into learning more about filmmaking and the process. I feel it also helped me as an actor. Today I am proud to say that I am an actor, writer, director, producer, and I couldn’t see myself wearing just one of those hats. I feel that being multi-facet in this industry is a must. Here I am 8 years later and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Please tell us about your art.
I like to think of myself a jack of all trades and hopefully a master of some. My day job currently is Directing/Videography/Editing, while I still pursuit acting and try to get some of my writing off the ground. In the past I’ve worked on a lot of web series, sketches, shorts, tv, commercials, etc. both in front and behind the camera. After I booked my first commercial I really just wanted to learn how all the gears worked, so my friend and I bought a whole bunch of gear and officially launched our youtube channel Oddkiddsout, which is also my moniker for any shoots I do currently. I think my overall goal if I had to name one is to remind people they are not alone. I find the best stories focus on the human condition, flawed characters we can empathize with. I know when I was a kid movies were my escape, going to the theater and watching a great film unfold before my eyes was really what made me feel like I could overcome anything I was going through. I hope my art conveys that and maybe laugh a little bit on the way.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I got really lucky when I first got to LA, I met some of my best friends within the first couple of months. My advice would just be to collaborate. We are artists, two heads are better than one, don’t be afraid to help other artists out and work for free. People always remember the kindness and in my experience have always returned the favor when I needed them. Understanding we are all in this vicious cycle together can go a long way, you also never know how the chemistry can play out. I don’t see other actors or anyone for that matter as my competition. As the saying goes, the only competition is yourself. I believe that. Be true to yourself, but don’t be the person going to an event asking people what they do for a living. Instead, change your mindset and go out to enjoy yourself, have great conversations and perhaps meet some really incredible people. I feel that being genuine will take you further.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best place to keep up with me is definitely Instagram, It’s where I am most active. @LeoLungaro for everything @Oddkiddsout for my video work. youtube.com/oddkiddsou also has all my full-length videos from sketches to music videos, mostly a lot of sketches. A few likes and subscribers would be cool, I’m planning on delivering my first short film very soon and really just go for it.
- Website: youtube.com/oddkiddsout
- Phone: 9178170928
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @leolungaro
- Facebook: facebook.com/oddkiddsout
- Twitter: @oddkiddsout
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