My name is Fabio Orso and I am an aspiring movie actor.
On paper though, I am nothing more than a Business Graduate at Bocconi University in Milan, a city where I have spent about four years of my life. This excluding my exchange semester in Melbourne.
Why am I citing the experience away from Italy? Because it is thanks to it that I matured the decision to drastically change my own life.
Australia has allowed me to meet people who had had the strength not to be conditioned by family or environment when making their life decisions.
When I looked at myself in the mirror, I found out that was not my case.
The signals as a kid had been multiple and clear, but I never took the possibility of doing this kind of job seriously. I do not come from a family of artists, and I have not had any valid possibilities of expressing myself until I left my city and joined Radio Bocconi.
There I had my very first artistic honeymoon as a radio host, which counterbalanced the frustration caused by my studies.
I acknowledge some might contest me the fact that being a radio personality is not the same of being an actor. Here’s why, when I came back to Italy, I decided that the first thing to do after ending my bachelor thesis would have been to attend an acting course: to check if my childhood dreams could match reality.
Let me say, it was a moment of epiphany.
During the training I have taken since then, starting from a more theatrical one and progressively moving towards cinema, I gradually discovered what kind of actor I am.
Within myself a strongly extraverted and intuitive attitude coexists with a feeling and perceiving mind (ENFP personality type). This makes me naturally suitable for comedy roles, an aspect that I was able to develop as a radio host. Nonetheless, I found myself deeply fascinated and more challenged by psychologically instable profiles: villains, criminals, outcasts, which require a more methodic study and characterization.
I have a taste for insanity. And being an actor is the only (apparently) safe way I can get in touch with it. Here’s why currently my favorite actor is Mr Jack Nicholson.
Going back to the reason I am writing this letter, I have to say it has not been an easy choice. To leave a safe path for a turbulent-by-definition one.
I have also tried to give the business path one more chance by working in an office, but the feeling of living in a golden cage was still there.
Please do not get me wrong, I know that the World is a hard place. I am still a business graduate when I read reality: you are going to need to win you own bread one way or another. Nonetheless, if there is one thing that the econ faculty has taught me, it is that people best perform their role in society when they do what matches their endowed attitudes.
I just want to win my bread by doing the things I do the best. If I am good enough, that I will leave up to you to decide. Just know that if you invest on me, I won’t spare energies.