Francesco Pellino

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I am an Italian that has been residing in France since 2016. I am 35 years old but at 19 I attended the School of Dramatic Art in Milan. First the CTA then Paolo Grassi and between seminars, workshops, auditions and special classes I enjoyed the training period and I had fruitful experiences. It was the time of my life, but didn’t we all love our college experiences?

It was a wonderful time where the excitement and fire of theatre burned within us and we all dreamed of making Greek theatre, commedia dell’arte, Shakespeare, Chekhov and Beckett. My time in school was an amazing period in my life. I took it very seriously and developed my taste for theatre.

Theatre signed my hands with the pen that Dolores Umbridge forced Harry Potter to use. The marks on my hands still hurt a little bit and I don’t like to feel pain.

During my time at the theatre academy we were living the life of dreamers. But, I personally have never dreamed of Broadway or the big famous stages of the world. I fell in love with research theatre, Pina Baush’s dance theatre and new languages. Unfortunately, not coming from a wealthy family, I always had to survive and this made the final part of my studies a little complicated. In Italy doing research theatre is not compatible with earning money. When choosing what to audition for, an interesting production and one that paid you I was forced to choose the latter. And so instead of a contemporary transcription of The Seagull I would perform in Pippi Longstocking. I had a lot of luck in children’s theatre, and because of it, I was able to live comfortably for a time on performing alone. Until it became my cage. Aside from a few happy moments and a special experience abroad that made me fall in love, it didn’t go as I expected.

I am currently the Assistant Store Manager for Jimmy Choo in Cannes, on the famous La Croisette in France. And in my job I often run into people  like Leonardo di Caprio, the cast of Games Of Thrones, and all the Hollywood A-Listers that come here for the Film Festival… and I bring them their Jimmy Choo’s that they need for their red carpet look. But don’t be mistaken, this doesn’t make me sad. This job has helped me to live my life without sacrifice and to stay close to my family and gives me time for personal projects. Maybe one day I will return to the theatre. But for now, I am not ready. Theatre signed my hands with the pen that Dolores Umbridge forced Harry Potter to use. The marks on my hands still hurt a little bit and I don’t like to feel pain.

Of course theatre helped me in thousands of other ways and made me the person I am now. So I continue to be grateful for this. If I could go back to another time in my life I would change some things but never the pursuit of theatre.

Theatre makes you a smart and cultivated person. Make your move with grace in this foolish  world. I am stronger than normal people and I can thrive through the changes that life brings me and revel in the experiences thanks to the sacred art of theatre.

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