Creating the Perfect Escape

Gillian Felix headshotCreating the Perfect Escape

When I sat down to write Perfect Escape my mind was in a different place. I had it all outlined and took out parts of the scripts to include in the book (The Family Portrait series was originally written as a television series. For more on that check out the fun facts page

While writing the characters interaction with each other, the story took on a life of its own. I’ve known these characters for years but putting them together in the book was much different than in the television series.

Perfect Escape revolves around the life of singing sensation Leighann DaCosta and the aftermath she faces from walking out on a successful singing career in favor of high school. Leighann experiences her first crush, has her first encounter with mean girls, and gets a glimpse of the politics behind the prestigious Westwood Academy of Higher Learning… I’m glad I’m no longer in high school!

Paring Leighann, Joel and Zax came much later in the television series but I bumped it up to book 4. To do that, I had to make sure that storyline wouldn’t unravel the other stories later on. So I got creative and focused on their relationship. I let them tell me what they wanted to do in this new situation. It took me a longer than usual to write Perfect Escape because the dynamics were different. I also had Leighann interact more with her estranged father. In the past, readers had only heard about him from her mother’s skewed point of view. In Perfect Escape the audience gets to know him the same time Leighann does.

On a personal note this book also helped strengthen my relationship with my own father. When I started the book he was alive and well and by the time the book was ready to be published, he died suddenly. So in more ways than one my world has changed from the beginning to the end of this book. I hope you will give this book a chance and see the bigger picture behind the drama.

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Teen Sensation Leighann DaCosta

Leighann DaCostaLeighann DaCosta was born in Bristol, Connecticut and became a singing sensation at the tender age of 6 after winning a local singing competition. Managed by her mother Savannah (Savi) DaCosta, Leighann and Savi travelled all around the country where Leighann sang and performed at state fairs.

Leighann was discovered by a junior A&R rep who happened to be at the Ohio State Fair while visiting family. Leighann’s road to stardom was paved when she won a Grammy at the age of 10 for a song she sang on the soundtrack to a children’s movie.

Leighann was 13 when her record hit platinum status following a string of #1 hits targeted at pubescent girls.

Touring became the status quo for Leighann who toured 345 days a year.

“That time was very stressful for me, I’d wake up and not know what city I was in.”

At 15, Leighann shocked the world when she walked away from the only life she’d ever known.

“I could feel my body slipping away from me, I wasn’t living, I woke up and did what everybody wanted me to do. I had been all around the world and to many different cities, yet I’ve only seen them from the window of a tour bus.”

Leighann left fans wondering what went wrong. On the outside she was living the life many people only dream about.

“Even though I had tons of people around me, I still felt lonely. I felt lost and longed to stand still, to wake up and not have to be somewhere. I wanted the quietness of having a crappy day without asking permission to do so.” Leighann went on to say that she knew a normal life existed because she kept in touch with her sister L’Wren.

“L’Wren and I are very close, she and I talked everyday; didn’t matter what part of the world I was. My conversations with her kept me grounded. She always made me laugh. In a way I envied her because she got to go to a regular school and have friends, things I never had.”

Months later it was released to the public that Leighann had moved to Los Angeles and moved in with her 21-year-old sister.

“Moving in with L’Wren was like a breath of fresh air for me. For the first time I did what I wanted and it felt great!”

Leighann also enrolled in the prestigious international school Westwood Academy of Higher Learning.

“I had never had any formal education, I always had a tutor on tour, it was always just me and her. Attending Westwood Academy is intimidating, the campus is huge and I sit in a class with 15 students and one teacher. Most of the kids had been going there for a while and everybody knew each other.”

Leighann said she has no regrets and is excited to see where life takes her. As for if she’ll ever return to the music industry, Leighann said she is focusing on being a teenager for now.

Learn more about Leighann DaCosta in the Family Portrait series, she will be headlining the soon to be released 4th novel in the series called Perfect Escape. Here is a preview chapter and sign up here to review the series.


10Q’s with Actress Bridget Fitzgerald

Beautiful smiling brunette woman early 20's

Photo courtesy Bridget Fitzgerald

Who is Bridget Fitzgerald?

Hey guys! Bridget Fitzgerald is a film actress and an upbeat comedienne. I hope to be the lead in your favorite romantic comedy. Every day I get to act is the best day of my life.

My biggest role to date is a supporting role as the sassy, wheelchair-bound veteran, Laura Donnelly in Joe’s Warwith Armand Assante and Ed Asner. (It was my favorite because I got to do both funny and serious material and work with an amazing cast and crew). For the past seven years I have been performing live improv comedy, been doing stand-up, modeling – notably as the first spokes-model for the online video site I’ve starred in and produced my own sitcom pilot Musie that won Katra Film Series’s Best of June 2013.

How and why did you get into acting?

When I was little, maybe second or third grade, I went to this local theater, the Queens Playhouse, and saw The Secret Garden, and I just fell in love. I was like, ‘I want to be that girl! I have to be that girl!’ So I just threw my whole heart into it. Soon after, I got to be the lead in my class’s production of The Nutcracker. I remember at one point getting on my knees to look through the keyhole – something that wasn’t in the script, and the other boy didn’t get on his knees with me! I got so– mad. Like, be here with me! I totally yanked him! And I can yank. Ask my clothes hangers. These monkey arms mean bid-ness.

How long have you been in the business?

Ten years of love.

Do you have any method of acting that you prefer?

I’m instinctively method – sometimes a prop or a costume will just suck me into that person’s world. As far as a learned technique, I studied improv the most, at Upright Citizens Brigade NY. It helped me with deeper listening and responding to all that the other actor gives verbally and physically.

Do you prefer stage, screen or modeling?

Screen 100 percent. I’m just built for it; my face tells so much. Always has. Controlling that gift has been my challenge as an actor.

What is the funniest thing that happened during a stand-up routine?

Oh man! I hope my show. If not, I am sorry.

What is the nicest compliment you received from someone in the industry?

I made the camera operator and assistant tear up while playing a cancer survivor in the feature film, Things I Don’t Understand. To really reach someone, to tap into them, that’s what this is all about. I remember after my friend came to an improv show, she was wiping tears away – she’d laughed till she literally cried – and was like, “Thank you. I needed that.” We all need a good laugh or a good cry sometimes. I thank God for letting me help people get there.

On a nerdy level, one time, after my biggest stand-up show ever, Michael Showalter came backstage and said to the host, “that was really funny.” Then saw me standing there, and he was like, “you were really funny.” And I was like, (uhhh-dying-inside-I-loved-you-in-The-Baxter-be-cool-Fitz) “…thanks.” Nice-one-Fitz- real-cool-Fitz- high-five-Fitz. (slow blink).

How do you stay positive on down days?

I do what every red-blooded American does… I Pinterest pictures of “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life, so what is there but to keep moving? Tomorrow’s new. Start there. Life is a spiral, not a circle, so take the lesson, embrace change, and grow. You are not your mistakes. You are growing into that beautiful person you always wanted to be, one step at a time – they won’t always be perfect steps. I also have a great foundation; my Christian faith gives me strength plus I’ve been blessed with family and friends who believe in me. And some incredible fans! I see y’all on my Facebook page BridgetFitzgeraldFans! I guess if all else fails… puppies. I once had a two pet store day. Gotta take care of you, y’all.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into comedy or acting?

Seek honesty. Nothing is funnier or more moving than the truth. And like my dad said — you only go this way once. Have fun along the way.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like doing the NY Times Sunday crossword, because I’m a big ole nerd. I buy the anthologies nerd. Including the one that had the number of my birthday this year nerd. I also just went through a jewelry phase where I made a slew of lariat necklaces, like a plane looping through the other end so it looked like it was going to a star. And another one, just with a bear. Guys, I’m a softie.

Bonus questions! (Awarded because of Bridget’s cool factor)

What pre-performance rituals do you do?

I bless myself on three places – my head, my heart, and my ears – because I pray God helps me use my brain, follow my heart, and listen so I won’t miss those silly, wonderful, honest moments.

What is your dream role and why?

The lead of a romantic comedy. When Harry Met SallyNever Been Kissed. Pretty Woman is one of my favorite movies. And you love them because they have these women who are smart and funny, they have hearts, plus cool girls you’d wanna hang out with. You can watch these movies a million times – I’ve probably watched While You Were Sleeping a million times! They pick you up and make you smile. That’s what I hope to do for someone, to bring them that warm smile.

You can see Bridget in these films

A Life in Shadows (Cannes 2013), Wedding DayPearl, Marked Man, Things I Don’t Understand, …Around andthe soon to be released Joe’s War. 

Currently bubbly Bridget is working on a short drama called Down Force. She performs improv every Friday night at the Queens Secret Theater. Please click on the link for show information and tickets.

Bridget loves to hear from fans, you can contact her at: Bridget Fitzgerald Fans

Follow her on Twitter at @smileybridge.

There’s a rumor going around that if you put a message on her IMDB message board she’ll love you for life and even answer your questions!

Sylvester Stallone, A Story Of Triumph and Perseverance

This story was sent to me by Global Network Pictures, a company owned by my good friend actor Ricardo Cordero.

This is the story of Sylvester Stallone. One of the biggest and most famous American movie stars.

Sylvester Stallone in the early stages

Photo by Jordan Watson

Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor. At one point, he was so broke that he stole his wife’s jewelry and sold it. Things got so bad that he ended up homeless. He slept at a New York bus station for three days. His lowest point came when he sold his dog at a liquor store for $25.

Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, Rocky. It took him 20 hours to write the script.

He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000. His only request was to star in the movie. The studio said no, they wanted a ‘real star’. He “looked and talked funny,” they’d said. Stallone left with his script. A few weeks later, the studio offered him $250,000 for the script but he refused. They offered $350,000 he refused again. They wanted his movie but not him. Stallone had a vision, he wanted to be the lead in the movie.

The breakthrough

Eventually the studio agreed, gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it. The rest is history.

Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Directing, Best Editing and won Best Picture. Rocky was inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies.

The first thing Stallone bought with the $35,000 was the dog he had sold. He stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he’d sold the dog to to return. Stallone explained why he’d sold the dog and begged for the dog back, but the man refused. After he negotiated with the man Stallone paid $15,000 for the same dog he sold for $25.

The moral of this story

If you have a dream follow it at all cost.

Never let ANYONE crush your dreams. Whatever happens to you, keep dreaming. Keep pursuing.

No one knows what you are capable of except yourself. Keep moving forward making your place in history.

Peace and love,


10Q’s with Robert Bovill and Susan Flanagan Authors of The House Of Pearl

House of Pearl novel

House of Pearl by Robert Bovill & Susan Flanagan

I had the pleasure of interviewing the dynamic duo Robert Bovill and Susan Flanagan about their newest project The House of Pearl.

The House of Pearl is a romantic paranormal thriller; Two lovers must survive a ghostly onslaught or else find themselves doomed to become part of the tragic history that lurks in the shadows of The House of Pearl.

Both Robert and Susan have won Emmy® Awards in their respective fields.  The House of Pearl is their first project together and certainly not their last.

How did this collaboration come about? 

Robert:  After many people read my script including Robert Redford’s son Jaime Redford, and being told the screenplay would not only make a nice film but that it would make a great novel, I decided to consider the daunting task of novelization. One day I was browsing through Linkedin and came across the Creative Entertainment & Media (CEM) profile. In it they professed to be proficient at reversing screenplays into novels. So I called them and sent in my screenplay, which caught the attention of Susan Flanagan. She loved the story and felt that she could help me novelize it. So the two of us embarked upon our journey of adapting my screenplay into a novel.

Susan:  I felt that a novel was the best way to do the story justice. It was such a complicated story that I thought it would find its audience quicker through a novel. We decided it would be perfect for a Reverse Screenplay Adaptation, and set about to make that happen.

What can you tell me about this 120-year-old Victorian house which is the backdrop of The House of Pearl

Robert: The location of the house is magical. It lies on prime Sausalito waterfront with staggering views of the city and the bay. Alcatraz, Angel Island and the many sailboats help fill the view. While tourists from all over the world flock to this one spot, probably the most romantic walk in all the Western United States.

How long did it take you to write The House of Pearl

Robert: I purchased the old house in 1999. After renovating the house for a year or so I began to hear many stories from previous tenants and learned some fun facts about the house. In the sixties it was a Rock n’ Roll party house, in the thirties it was a brothel. Taking these stories and adding a little imagination along the way slowly developed it into a full-length screenplay. I like to say it took me three years. After I engaged Susan to help me I believe it took us a little under a year to get it to print.

Susan: When we undertook this project, we took a bit of a different approach in writing it, since it wasn’t one of my stories, we felt it was important to create “deliverables” or deadlines and create a system that ensured that the book would meet our timelines. We started writing the book in September 2012 and it was published in April 2013, so 7 months roughly from concept to market.

Tell me about the writing process with a writing partner. 

Robert: I don’t know about Susan but I’ve wanted a writing partner for a long time. So I was more than thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Susan. The basic story was all there so Susan would make alterations and I would agree or disagree.

Susan: When I write for clients, I always involve them in the process: it keeps the workflow going and gives them a sense that their project is being managed properly. I set up a system for the book that worked really well. I first digested the film script, envisioning what it would have to look like as a book.

For The House of Pearl, I first did an outline of the book, chapter by chapter, worked through that with Robert, and once we agreed on that, I wrote the first 50 pages so he could see the style and story unfold, once he approved that, we were on to the rest of the book. It was a pretty good system and we are very pleased with the book.

I am very time-oriented, so it was important to make sure the book met our desired publishing date. I would initiate the chapters and then give them over to Robert for his input and editing.

It was great working with Robert, and that’s why we have more projects together. As a team, we are able to take our egos out of the equation and see beyond that for what was best for the project, and when that happens, it’s like magic!!!!

Do you have a writing schedule? 

Robert: Not really, I write when I am inspired to write.

Susan: Yes, I am very regimented about my writing. I like to say that I am a writer at heart, but a producer by function, so everything is on a clock for me. I have had some bouts with writer’s block, but it usually ends pretty quickly and I’m back on the clock writing: my producer kicks my writer back into gear!

What kept you motivated while writing The House of Pearl

Robert: I really don’t know how to answer this question. Was the story in me and wanting to get out? Am I just seeking money that might come from a successful movie or book?  Was I used by an outside force to channel this story? I don’t know, it kind of just presented itself and had to be told. Of course the intellectual challenge of writing a compelling story was lurking somewhere in all of this.

Susan: My motivation works on many levels, for this project, The House of Pearl was client-based, so I made a promise to Robert to write the best book we could, and that was always on my mind. So for me, delivering what I say I will deliver is more important than anything else.

When I write my scripts, books or shows I try to embrace the same work ethic, and keep to a schedule. It is the same mentality, work on a deadline and produce something, whether it’s a page a day or 20.

How is writing a book different from writing a script for a movie? And which do you prefer? 

Robert: It’s the “is” versus the “was”. A screenplay is describing what you see versus showing how a story feels in a book.

Susan: I like them both, but they are such different forms of writing, so going back and forth can be a bit tricky. Some stories lend themselves to books and some to screen: it just depends. I feel though, in today’s competitive climate of film-making and television, a novel can be a great tool that can be viewed as a “Proof of Viability” and audiences can see the stories that they like.

The best thing though, about writing a book, is that its success is all in your hands. No one can tell you “no:” you publish it, you market it, and its destiny, good or bad, is in your hands. In the bigger picture, studios and networks look to book sales and social media for what’s trending as well, so it’s a good proof of marketability, and very powerful…

What advice would you give to first time writers?

Robert: Someone, probably a teacher when I first hit college, said to me, “If you want to be a painter, paint, if you want to be a writer, write”. When I started I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I persevered and beat back my doubting demons and just kept hacking at it until it all made sense.

Susan: The most important thing is to not let anyone tell you that you can’t. Belief in yourself is very powerful, and it can get you through some dark times. I think many writers don’t follow their instincts and let others tell them what they are capable of, don’t fall into that trap.

Also, I believe that if you want to be successful as a writer, you have to approach it with a business mind and set time frames for yourself and maintain a schedule: don’t roll out of bed in your bathrobe and look at a computer screen and hope that the story will come to you. Set a schedule, outline your stories and be accountable. It really works!

Lastly, I would tell new writers to take charge, don’t sit around waiting for an option or for a publisher, be active in getting your projects done. This is an evolving industry, so embrace the new ideas and ways of doing things and you will be successful.

I see that there are more books in the works from the Bovill/Flanagan duo. Will there a part II of The House of Pearl? 

Robert: I don’t know if this is a story that has a sequel in it. If a large enough audience builds up around it, maybe there could be a continuance of Elia’s career and the struggle the two have making their relationship work and then throw in a crisis that needs their attention. Susan and I have a number of stories we are crafting right now, possibly a graphic novel as well.

Susan: Yes, we have numerous scripts and other books that will be coming out in the next couple of years that we are very excited about, it has been a great collaboration and we have more coming!!!

Do you have any book signings or readings coming up? If so where and when.

Robert: I am trying to get an interview here on a local morning show, other than that we haven’t really set anything up yet. If anyone out there is interested let us know.

Susan: We are working on San Francisco, Sausalito, Los Angeles, and Orange County book signings and events. Those are both of our hometowns, so we think we’ll get good turnouts!

Thank you Robert and Susan! Purchase a copy of The House of Pearl here.

Learn more about Robert, Susan and The House of Pearl here.

10Q’s with Rita Mosiman Author of Serenity and Beauty

Serenity and Beauty

Cover by Rita Mosiman

Rita Mosiman is an accomplished classical vocal soloist, pianist and now author. I met Rita about 3 years ago on a Meetup hiking trip. She has the type of personality that makes you feel like you can do anything. She is a strong positive role model, yet has a delicate balance of peacefulness and grace. It is only fitting that the name of her latest labor of love is a book called Serenity and BeautyIn Serenity and Beauty nature is the accompaniment to beautifully written inspirational poetic prose. Read the full interview here.

One Girl with Courage is a Revolution.

Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a documentary that tells the stories of unforgettable young women born into unforgiving circumstances.

STARRING: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchette

From Academy Award ® -nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising – an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world.

Girl Rising is powered by strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partner CNN Films. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award® winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

 The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in it’s style, and all with profound resonance.

These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

Click here to join me for a screening of Girl Rising in Albuquerque. If you’d like to see Girl Rising to your area please click here to find out more.

Say It Isn’t So… Movie Location Secrets Revealed

Edited by @Gillianfx. Source: Daily Variety

In movies like Oscar ® contenders Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, location is crucial to selling the movie to the audience. The problem lies in the fact that in some parts of the Middle East filming by foreign crews is strictly prohibited. Both these films are based on events taking place in those countries. So how does production get around this predicament? Read on.

Argo posterThe kudo-fest goes to the amazingly creative geniuses of the production crew. Location managers spend months tracking down the location “doubles” in the earliest stages of production. According to location manager extraordinaire Chris Baugh, Istanbul doubled for Tehran in the movie Argo. Out of the 14 weeks scheduled for filming, 11 weeks were shot in Los Angeles. A Veterans Administration building in the Northridge area doubled for the Tehran embassy interiors. LA/Ontario International Airport doubled as Tehran’s airport.

In Zero Dark Thirty, production designer Jeremy Hindle and line producer Colin Wilson revealed that Jordan doubled for Zero Dark 30 posterPakistan and the CIA’s Langley headquarters was actually shot at a building outside London! The interior of the headquarters were filmed at an engineering school in India. (One “location” and 2 stand-ins in different countries. Am I the only one who thinks this is way cool?). Even more amazing, the Bin Laden compound was actually first built as a 3D model by a video effect (vfx) house in London called Framestore, then flown to Jordan where the compound was rebuilt to scale in the desert matching every detail. Hindle said that vegetation was planted months in advance of principal photography (shooting) around the property, so by the time they were ready to shoot the fields around were green. (Clever isn’t it?).

So now you know. If this doesn’t make you want to see the movie or see it again I don’t know what will. I look forward to your comments below. Cheers!

10Qs with the Multi-Talented Ricardo Cordero

An exclusive interview with @GillianFx

The best way to describe Ricardo Cordero is multi-talented. An actor, writer, producer, director, singer and dancer, Ricardo currently runs Global Network Pictures in NYC. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him a few years ago when I lived in NY and worked in theater. His presence on stage is commanding, he has a way of making you take notice and really brings the character to life. It is an absolute joy to watch him at work, in his element.

Call-outHow long have you been in the business?

I have been involved with show business most of my life in many forms. I made my first television appearance at the age of 3 and my first stage appearance at the age of 4. I formed Global Network Pictures 13 years ago. Since then we have made 3 feature films and many commercials.

If you weren’t in entertainment, what would you be doing?

I guess I would own a company in the food biz and do a lot of traveling.

What is your most memorable role and why?

An Off -Broadway play called A Mothers Love written by Francis J. Balducci. I had the supporting role of “Fredo”. There were a few really great moments that involved deep method work. On opening night when I came out for my curtain call, I was given a standing ovation for the first time ever in my career. That continued every night until we closed. I threw my life into this character and gave it true soul on stage. A part of me was dying inside playing that role.

Who would you love to share screen time with? (Dead or alive).

Dead I would have loved to work with Marlon Brando, Bettie Davis and James Cagney. Right now I would like to work with Al Pachino, Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, that be great if I can work with all three on one film.

Which director would you love to work with?

I would love to work with Martin Scorsese. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago. Great Man. But I will have to add one more director, Woody Allen as well. Hey we are both from Brooklyn you know (lol).

In the movie Blood Night you played a psycho rapist. How did you prepare for that?

That role involved many hours of research and method work, I can tell you it was one of the most dramatic scenes I have ever done. I didn’t speak to anyone for 7 days and lock myself up that whole time. When I arrived on the set at 1:00 AM it was very dark out and I could see everyone’s eyes on me wondering, who’s the actor that will do this? I work the scene out with the director and the young actress played by Samantha Siong. It was her first lead role and first nude/rape scene. It was very cold and we filmed in an abandoned mental hospital that was closed for 45 years. No running water and no heat in the middle of the winter. Many unexplained things happen there. When it came time to shoot the scene it got so intense we both didn’t hear the director yell cut a few times. We were actually pulled off from each other. It was very dramatic. The best thing that happened afterwards was that Samantha Siong and I became best friends. But I tell you that is when all your years of training comes into question and will show for scenes and films like these.

What keeps you motivated?

I don’t know really know. I just know one thing, I am meant to do what I am doing (acting). I have made so many sacrifices to do what I love. The only thing worth living for is my art. I feel like if I don’t do it I will die. Not sure if anyone can understand me, if you can by all means let me know (lol).

What is the hardest part of what you do?

Being alone and not being understood and appreciated for who you really are in life.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this business?

Do what your heart tells you, not what your friend tells you. Be realistic about it. And a heads up, most times your worst critics will be friends and family so if you let that blow over and keep moving forward, you will begin to grow into your work. You have to want it bad enough that you can’t sleep every night until you start getting yourself into it. And be prepared for rejection and not taking it personally. Make me proud of you, live your dream.

What are you working on now?

I have just recently wrapped filming for director Luc Besson’s new film Malavita (2013) in the role of “Philly” opposite Robert De Niro. This past summer I worked with writer/director brothers Ethan and Joel Coen on their new film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) in the role of “Nunzio”. I am also up for a television pilot… keep your fingers cross for me. I must say you asked some powerful question here. And thank you.

Click here to check out Ricardo’s creds on IMDB