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Meet Teo Celigo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teo Celigo.

Teo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and in from Slovenia. When I was graduating high school, it occurred to me, I ought to pick something that truly interests me and pursue it full force. I didn’t want to embark on something I knew I wouldn’t be behind fully. Acting was attractive because I’ve never done anything artistically but I always liked movies. In my mind, Los Angeles was the place to go. I got accepted to the Stella Adler Conservatory in Hollywood and as soon as I arrived, I knew this was it.

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?
I don’t think any road is smooth, so no, it was far from that. I think most foreigners, myself included, have the guts to leave everything behind and follow a dream but soon you realize, it’s not enough. It’s a life choice. A lot of people quit acting because there is too much uncertainty in this business and you realize it’s not going to happen overnight. By then, you have two options, you’re either going to fully devote yourself in pursuit of it or you pick something else. I think most actors will agree that you worry so much about getting a job and when you do get it, you worry about the next job. A big part of it is to trust the process, never stop learning, keep developing, and eventually you get better. That’s all you can do, really. I think it’s why it’s so scary. The system it’s set up to make you believe it’s all about you. It’s not. There are so many factors that go into the casting process and you really don’t know why you didn’t get the part. Unless you blew it because you were unprepared. Then it is your fault.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
When I started class at the conservatory, I quickly fell in love with the theater. That’s been, my primary love. I’ve done about ten plays in the past ten years, the last one being The Seafarer by Conor McPherson in an off-off-Broadway production. Everyone is cast because they bring something valuable to the table so you’d have to ask the casting director for that specific project. I try to stay as present as I can be, always well prepared, and whether I get the part or not, it’s not up to me. When it comes to film, tv, and commercials it’s a little different. I’ve been cast before because of my soccer skills, or fluency in 4 languages, bartending skills come in handy as well. But I’d say I’m most proud of getting better at trusting myself. It’s hard to break in for an important audition and I’ve learned not to let nerves get the best of me. It truly does get easier as time goes by. I recently finished a film called Cue the Sun that won Best Film at the NJ Brightside Film Festival. That was such a great project to be part of. You can tell when you’re on set and people work with passion and love.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’re in uncertain times at the moment. I’m looking forward to the industry to re-start while doing my best with this “me” time I’ve been given. We’re experiencing big changes in the US and on a global scale, as I’m writing this, so I’m hopeful things will turn out for the better. As a foreigner, I’ve been privileged to live in two vastly different countries, yet people all around want the same things. On an internal level, love, respect, and acceptance for who we are, on an external level, a job to feed our family, equality of opportunity, and in the eyes of the law, a good school for our children… No country is perfect so it’s important we all work on ourselves to make this living experience better for us and the people around us.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @itsteoceligo

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