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An Interview with Actor Bianca Jaconetty

An Interview with Actor Bianca Jaconetty

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We conducted an interview with actor Bianca Jaconetty. Anyone who has worked with her can tell you that not only is she a truly talented, hard-working actor, but she is also an incredibly warm and positive force on set. We love working with Bianca and are proud to call her a colleague, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when she agreed to do this blog post. Enjoy!

1. Please introduce yourself, where you’re from, and what you do currently.
My name is Bianca Jaconetty and I am an actor and writer originally from Chicago, Illinois.
2. How did you end up in New Orleans? 
My plan was never to come straight to New Orleans. After theater school I saved up enough money to move to Los Angeles where most of my peers were migrating. A few months before my move, one of my closest friends who lived here, suggested that I try it out. After moving down for a few months with several call backs, auditions and contacts, I made the decision to stay.
3. How and when did you first start acting? What’s your background (formal or informal)? Who or what were some of your biggest influences? 
I first started acting when I was very young. Luckily, I had parents who were very dedicated to sending me to classes where I could explore the world of performance. At a young age I took classes at a small theater called Childs’s Play in Chicago and was a part of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Growing up I went to Lookingglass summer camps and even took classes in Second City’s young adult acting program. From there I participated in high school plays and went to college for a degree in fine arts at Southern Illinois University. My time at Southern Illinois provided me the chance to delve into the world of theater further and was where I first honed into writing and got my first glance at film. Some of my biggest influences were my professors at Southern whose voices still pop into my head when I need advice. They were the ones who helped me grow into the artist that I am today.
4. So acting is one of those worlds that has a lot of preconceived notions/myths about it. What are some of the surprising/unexpected sides of acting world you’ve seen, if any? What are some of the “stereotypes” you’ve found hold true, if any? 
Bianca 2One really big surprise, which seems silly now because of how large and fast it has grown, is how crucial social media has become to casting in films. I was in L.A. for a film that was accepted into Hollyshorts film festival, and was talking to casting directors in the industry who say that Instagram and Twitter are an easy way for Hollywood to see who is popular. The more followers you have shows casting agents that you like to be seen by audiences, and that could make or break you. One actor could be more talented than the next, but if he’s got the backing on social media, they will choose him. It is a craft in itself to master the art of social media and something that I am still learning.
5. Do you find you have to face particular challenges as a woman, not only in the real of acting, but in film/video production in general? If so, what are some of these challenges? 
A common stereotype for actors around the globe is that it is all in the people that you know. If you have the right connection, then you will get further in your career. This, I have found to hold extremely true. Although New Orleans is a completely different beast than Los Angeles or New York, I know that I would not be where I am today without the people I have met and helped while working on a project or even out for a drink. You never know who is going to lead you to your next step, and it is essential to build these bonds, almost like industry karma.
6. If you had to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out here in the film industry, especially if they’re just starting out here in New Orleans, what would be your main piece of advice?
I think that women are faced with struggles in all facets of the film industry. Personally, as an actor, my biggest qualm has come from the characters that I play. Many female characters in film are sexualized and lack depth. This came to me as a surprise in my transition to film because I was taught to study strong intricate characters in theater like Lady MacBeth or Martha from “Who’s Afraid of Viginia Woolf?”. To me it seems backward that these characters were written over 50 years ago and by men, where in 2016 we can’t seem to get it quite right.
I have also found that many of my colleagues who work on the other side of the camera are limited to what kind of positions that they can access in the industry. So few women are allowed the opportunity to explore the technical aspect of film, because those positions are already filled by men. Try as they might, they are rarely given the chance to delve into these jobs no matter how capable they may be. They can move a key light, carry a 30 pound mixing bag, set up an advanced rig or prep a camera better than the next guy, if given the chance. That being said, I do believe that there are people out there that recognize this struggle and are willing to help make a difference. I have many friends who see the issue for what it is and I know that the film industry is changing in this aspect for the better.
Put yourself out there! Go to classes, seek any and every audition and make friends with people who are doing what you want to do. The more you work, the more likely someone is going to recognize not only you, but the talent that you can bring to the table. Also, find a good photographer and constantly get new headshots. Having an up to date shot will keep you prepared for anything.
7. What are you working on now?
I just finished working on a music video called “Where is God?” with Worklight Pictures, and an independent film “Alone” directed and written by Michael Lowendick, where I was the lead. I am also finishing up a short comedy that I wrote and directed called, “Magical Fruit”, that was all thanks to InDepth Media, for letting me use their equipment and location. Rules We Live By, my first feature as a lead role has proudly been submitted to film festivals around the country. I’ve been keeping busy writing and collaborating with friends and hopefully will have some fun pieces to show in the months to come.
8. Anything else you’d like to add? 

Acting is hard. It is more than being a pretty face or reading lines off of a page. You have to consistently educate and dig so deep within yourself to pull out a magic that not everyone is capable of. No matter how prepared you are, how many exercises you practice, or hard you push; you will mess up. I am lucky to have friends that remind me constantly that there will be days of defeat, but you have to forgive yourself and not let it destroy your confidence. I allow myself 15 minutes, a very grueling self-dissection of what I could have done better, and then I take my lesson, I put it away and know that there will be worse days, but that I will exceed as an actor from it.

You can check out Bianca’s reel here and reach her at bianca.jaconetty@gmail.com

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From “Rules We Live By,” produced by Flittermouse Films

4 Lessons from Live Streaming for 24 hours

4 Lessons after 24hrs of Live Streaming

Extra Life helps raise money for children's hospitals across the country

Hello and welcome,

So this week we are doing a post-game carnage report of our 24-hour live stream we did this previous weekend to benefit Extra Life. While we consider it a definite success (we raised nearly $1400 for Children’s Hospital New Orleans) and a great collaborative effort with the other participating companies (NOLAnerdcast and Implicted), we still learned a ton from successes and roadblocks a like.

  1. Delegation isn’t enough. You need to be able to trust people to do their job and then let it go. There are a ton of moving pieces when prepping do A) live stream for such a long duration, B) coordinate several participants, C) coordinate all donations, social media, and sponsors. I would often get caught up in the sponsorship side instead of just trusting NOLAnerdcast’s Matt Finneman to do what he set out to do. All it amounted to was wasted time on my end – he performed incredibly well and secured us around a dozen sponsors, way more than we ever anticipated.
  2. Test, test, and test some more. We ran through Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 3.58.21 PMextensive tests of the televisions, game consoles, twitch account, broadcast speeds, and more. Hours and hours of prep and test and we still ran into roadblocks (some avoidable, some not). If we had not spent a ton of time testing everything the evening would have been a disaster. No matter how well you know your equipment, test it all ahead of time over and over again and make sure you have any parts/info you need to troubleshoot when the inevitable snags arise.
  3. Personalities matter. This again goes back to the nerdcast team. They have experience being goofy, opinionated, messing with each other, and more. They were a fantastic on-screen presence and it was our job (inDEPTH and Implicted) to facilitate that. We always made sure to have at least one person in front of the camera either “actively” playing (i.e. screaming at people and making fun of their teammates), providing entertaining commentary, or overall just talking to the audience. People want to see the video games, but at the end of the day a live-stream is watched because of the people in front of the camera.
  4. Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 1.36.54 PM (3)Know your audience. Seems simple enough, but this is exponentially more important when collaborating. NOLAnerdcast draws on a demographic that we do not usually pull – we needed to adjust our thinking, wording, hashtags, what have you, in order to maximize that exposure. Each group can’t be solely responsible for mobilizing their audience, each collaborator needs to work together to compliment the other’s efforts. Matt and I discussed which game launches to build off of (Halo 5 was a big one), which tech specs to trumpet to video and streaming folks, what jokes hit which groups, and more. By the end of the 24 hours inDEPTH Media had dozens of new followers on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms. Awesome, right?

Thanks for reading this wall of text! Hit us up @inDEPTHmedia on twitter and instagram and let us know your thoughts!

Cheers,

inDEPTH