Today we’d like to introduce you to Sebastien Cipolla.
Sebastien, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born a long time ago in little town close to the city of Love, Art and Romance, from Paris. I was extremely active as a kid, I couldn’t focus more then 10 min, I always needed to do something, talk to someone, create something. So, could you imagine how hard was it for me to stay still all day at school? Listening topics that I actually never used.
I’m passionate with motorbike and Martial art, so I grew up spending my time driving motorbike and practicing all types of martial arts.
I was a daydreamer, constantly in my own world, thinking that I was a superhero and saved a beautiful lady when all of the sudden, the teacher woke me up and I finished my day at the supervisor office.
I always liked to make people laugh with jokes and my positive attitude. I like to be surrounded by good energy and good people. I love life. Until I turned 18 years old, and it’s when my dreams started to be vanished and I realized that the adult life is not as fun as I thought. So, I lived in different cities in France, doing all kinds of jobs. Until the day I left for Australia.
And this is where acting found me.
I was in Australia for almost two years, partying, learning English, living the life when the day came to renew my working visa. I was planning to open a real estate business with my French partner. After I got my marketing management diploma in Sydney, in order to legally open a business in Australia, a new government rules came up and forbids me to open it if I’m not hiring an Australian worker. Which of course, I wasn’t able to provide. So, I had to cancel the real estate business but I was running out of time for my new visa.
Long story short, I was at the Shark bar hotel in Sydney when a woman approached me and asked me if I could sign her an autograph.
I didn’t know what to say at first, imagine my situation. I’m devastated, I have only few weeks left before my visa expired. I’m at the bar, sleepless, no showered, wearing an old shirt, hair undone, and this woman is asking me an autograph and telling me how good looking I am.
I was like, is this a joke? A prank or something? is there any camera hidden somewhere?
But the girl was super serious, after I told her that I wasn’t an actor, she told me that I must try acting!
After that, I met my friend to the other bar, what else can you do when you are depressed and clueless of what is going to happen to you?
After telling him the story of this lady approached me today, he said that it could be a good idea. Going back to school would allowed me to keep my student visa, and so, I’ll have more time to figure another solution for my business and stay longer in Australia.
I left the bar around 11pm, drunk, walking home thinking of what acting really is? What are we supposed to do in acting school? Then I thought of my best actors, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Lee. I got home and check on internet for any acting school nearby. I found a school 20 min away from my home that they are opening a special beginners program class, starting the next Monday. The enrollment fee was closing at midnight, and have only one seat left. Not have really much time to think, I applied for the famous NIDA acting school, without even know what school it was.
Over the weekend, I booth an acting book to learn some basics.
Here it is, Monday morning, I’m in a class, to my first acting lesson. After the general presentation, the teacher asked me to go up on stage and do an improvisation. I was like, okay but what I supposed to do? I didn’t know what to do. And he said, imagine you are a superhero and you have to save this beautiful lady. This is when I did my first performance in class,
After that, I decided to stop my real estate business and become an actor.
That’s how acting found me. Then after a year of the acting school, I decided to enhance my skills, and try to go where the job is, and try my luck in LA.
I did two years program in Stella Adler academy, then I jumped in the wild world of acting in Hollywood.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Everything was wonderful during my learning process, but after my graduation, I had to learn to live in Los Angeles by myself with no much knowledge of how to succeed in acting in this insane Hollywood world. And it’s where the struggles started. Besides the fact, I didn’t know anyone in the film industry, so no much references to find a good agent or a good manager. I started to pay for many workshops, la casting, actor access, I also got new headshots and Reel, I did everything possible to be seen. I’ve spent so much money at this time, just in order to submit myself and hoping to get a role and finally get paid.
Time goes by, I booked few commercials, did some short films, I did a lot of background job, but not enough work to pay my bills. The problem is my accent and not knowing the right people.
As I said earlier, I’m super active, I don’t like to wait, so I created my own story and make my own film. I produced, write and act in 3 short film. You can check the list on my IMDb.
Since that time, I’ve got a lot of work in production, and my life started to chance, now I’m producing, work in production as a production assistant and do acting when the opportunities shows up.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a freelancer, I’m an actor, I play mainly European characters because of my French accent.
I produce short films, commercials, and music videos.
I’m also very spiritual, I practice REIKI and meditation.
My goal is to combine all of my knowledge and skills to help other people in need through stories. By creating stories that people can relate to, or maybe find comfort, that they can feel understood and so they don’t feel alone and not the only one in this situation.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Playing the womanizer, the lover, the romantic guy helped me to book jobs 🙂
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