I had a wonderful time in Los Angeles. I flew there to shoot the new collection of a big American fashion label and I was very happy to find out that the locations of our different days of production were the gorgeous beaches of Malibu’.
Sun, slow wind, the perfume of wood and pines…and the first whale of my life!! Yes, during this period of the year it is common to see whales passing in front of Malibu beaches. Can you imagine that? Spotting with the corner of the eye a huuuuuuuuge grey tale coming out of the water while you are looking at the camera? As inside a Discovery Channel documentary? Breathtaking. Working in such a wonderful environment is priceless. I feel blessed for having such a great opportunity.
Los Angeles is the city for all the ones dreaming of becoming a movie star. If you want to be a model, you have no other option than taking your case and start to travel, following the season in different cities, NY, Paris, Milan, or London. But if you want to be an actor, you have no choice: you have to be in LA.
Everywhere I could feel the magic atmosphere of cinema and Hollywood stars. LA is a city behind reflectors. Everywhere were big and little productions houses and stages, Paramount on one side or Universal Studios on the other, premiers of new international movies, red carpets, shootings…and stars!
While staring at the huge Hollywood mountain I felt a strange sensation. On one hand, deep happiness thinking of Marylyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Charles Chaplin, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Clarke Gable, Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, and many other ‘classical’ stars that years ago left everything to triumph in such a difficult and competitive world. Who knows how many times they had been looking at the Hollywood sign dreaming as I was doing. It is fascinating.
On the other hand, LA is full of beautiful young people and actors who still struggle to find their place in Hollywood. Auditions, pilots and acting classes during the day, waiters and bar tenders during the night. The ‘wanna bes’, as they call them. The hard life of Hollywood! Nothing arrives without sacrifices and determination. In acting, as in modeling, as in any job of the world, as in life itself!
The hotel of Psycho Movie (have I ever told you that Hitchcock is my favorite director?), the hill of ET or Magnum PI car are only few of the things that you can admire at the Universal Studios. I loved my trip there. I really recommend it if you go to LA.
And don’t forget to bring your dream with you!
To quote the closing lines of Pretty Woman movie, “Welcome to Hollywood! … Some
dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreaming.”
You never know! Good luck 😉