Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Antonelli.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Originally from South Kingstown, RI, I knew from a young age I wanted to live elsewhere. I love Rhode Island, but I didn’t see myself pursuing a career there. So, I found ways to explore other cultures and environments through traveling, studying abroad, and going to college outside the state. I ended up transferring to the University of Rhode Island and made the decision to move to San Diego after graduation in 2013. My boyfriend at the time was stationed there, plus I had a secret desire to pursue acting in Los Angeles. Close enough! I had a Bachelor’s degree in journalism under my belt, along with two internships, and little idea what I was going to do for work. After two and a half years of exploring San Diego and working my first “adult job” at a collision repair magazine, I made the decision to relocate two hours north to Los Angeles. From January 2016 to March 2021, I transformed into the woman I am today through acting classes, booked jobs, meeting fellow artists, getting rejected more times than I can count, mindfulness practices, and so much more. On March 16, my boyfriend, our dog and myself moved to outside Atlanta, GA, where I’m currently based. We decided it was time to be closer to family and explore a smaller market. Leaving Los Angeles was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but so far it seems like the right decision!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve encountered plenty of challenges as well as wins. It’s interesting to be able to reflect on my time in Los Angeles while living somewhere else. I never thought I’d leave. It was an amazing experience. It will always be my home. But I felt rather closed off while living there. I think I let the saturation get to me. Looking back, I didn’t have as open of a mind as I would’ve liked. As is the case with all humans, I am the obstacle in the road and the only person who can move it. I will say, an upside of COVID and being on unemployment was the rare opportunity to laser focus on my acting like never before. I started taking a script analysis class and a monologue class with Chris Fields over Zoom which changed my life. This experience, along with other training and life lessons I learned in LA, allowed me to cultivate a confidence and open mindedness I didn’t have prior. I arrived in Atlanta expecting to have a positive experience, and I have! I’ve already booked several theatrical and commercial jobs, picked up more writing side gigs, added an amazing manager to my team, and became SAG eligible. All in less than a month. But I know the reason I’m having good fortune and seeing a light at the end of my tunnel of struggles (financial issues, not being in the union, starting an acting career late, feeling lost and unstable, etc) is because of what Los Angeles taught me. I am forever indebted to the city and the amazing people I met there.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’ve been writing for fun since I could hold a pencil. Poems, short stories, you name it. As mentioned previously, I have a degree in journalism, so naturally, writing and editing is how I’ve made most of my income over the years. My work has been published in a variety of magazines and on company websites, including Autobody News magazine, Rhode Island Monthly magazine, Thrive Global, ANNEX magazine, University of Rhode Island Communications and Marketing Department, Loose Words publication, Curious publication, and more. I’ve also managed social media and email marketing for several businesses, so I’m getting more into that at the moment. And of course, acting, which is my number one passion that I’ve been exploring for a much shorter time. I recently starred in a Fantasy/Action feature that filmed January 2021 in Los Angeles, and I’m starring in another feature that films in Atlanta in July and another short that’s filming in a few weeks (amongst other smaller projects). I love (and sometimes hate, not going to lie) working on my craft, taking classes, doing self-tapes, diving into characters. It makes me feel alive! Writing does too, but in a more laborious, not as exciting kind of way.
What matters most to you? Why?
FOOD. And not just physical food, nourishment of all kinds. What we consume – nutrients (or lack thereof), TV, books, social media, etc – dictates our lives. If we could all find a way to be more conscious of what we put in our bodies and minds, along with the words we say to ourselves and others, the world would change drastically. It’s hard though! Subliminal messaging and marketing is everywhere – telling us what to eat, what to buy, who’s right, who’s wrong. This may be controversial, but I truly believe I am the only person who knows what’s best for me. Not a doctor, not my mom, not the president, not my friend from pre-school. I am the only one who truly KNOWS. And if I listen to what my body and mind need to be happy – through meditation, journaling, breath work, etc – I become the best version of myself. And I’m assuming it’s the same for everyone. But like I said, it’s difficult! We all have our demons and traumas, and our journey in life is to wade through the muck to find what’s real and experience as much as we can. So I guess to sum this up – listening to our inner voice, having boundaries around what’s best for us, and consciously consuming are what matter most!
- I offer content writing (articles, blogs, press releases, short film scripts, email copy, website copy, etc.) and editing services for $50 per 250-500 words.
- I offer social media management services for one account at $125 a week (option to add more accounts)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://victoriaantonelli.com/home/writing/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriantonelli/
- Other: https://www.fiverr.com/vee997?up_rollout=true
Main photo credit: Dexter Brown Feature Poster credit (Victoria Antonelli starring as The Woman): Miles Schuster