Actress Bella Valentini

This month our spotlight is on Bella Valentini, a talented young actress from Australia who has three big feature films coming out in 2022.

Where in Australia did you grow up? 

Surrounded by kangaroos, trees, and pristine beaches in a small coastal town on the South Coast of New South Wales near Batemans Bay. Originating from a small town I really learnt to appreciate the values of community and preservation of our beautiful environment.

How was 2021?

As everyone has already experienced the rollercoaster that was 2021, we can all understand what a struggle it was to survive rolling lockdowns, distance from family and friends, the collapse of the music and arts industries and the loss of a lot of enjoyment. However, I tried my best to find the silver linings amongst all of that. I started the year by graduating from the University of Sydney with a degree in Psychology and Socio-Legal Studies, I scored my first lead role in a feature film ‘Story of Nadia’ and I was frequently on Television for a range of commercials and advertisements.

How would you describe your latest film, Malibu Crush

I would have to say that it’s a little bit romantic, purposely cringe and all round hilariously awkward. There are definitely lots of laughs to be had!

What scene should audiences look out for most?

Look out for the scenes at WingMill’s. I can’t say too much without giving it away…but they are hilarious! Seriously, my stomach hurt at the end of each scene from laughing so much. I also love the final scene of the movie because it does such a brilliant job of tying the plot together and leaving you wanting more.

What messages would you want to give to your fans watching your movies?

As the world leads deeper into the chaos that is social media, I would say that it is important to stay true to the person that you want to be, and not change to meet the expectations of society in an ever-changing culture. I believe life’s about having fun and enjoying the small things, if you take it too seriously, you’ll miss out.

Bella Valentini

Tell us about the toughest part of your work? And why do you think it is tough?

Uncertainty. It’s a part of the career choice. You are constantly left wondering whether you’re the right fit for the role, whether you’ll get that role, or whether you’re going to be able to support yourself financially if you aren’t able to pick up work. Like with most things though, when it rains, it pours. Let’s hope the wet weather sticks around (ha-ha) !

The entertainment industry is said to be full of stress and pressure; what do you do to tackle the pressure that comes with your work?

My biggest motivator is to think back to an overwhelming/difficult experience that I’ve dealt with before. Once I’ve come to the realisation that I can achieve what is expected, my self-confidence and sense of capability increase. It’s all about one step at a time. However, it’s important to stay present and focused on the task at hand. Easier said than done (I know), but if you’re able to reach your flow state, where everything feels natural then you’re doing something right. Remember, you don’t have to get it perfect the first time, that’s what multiple takes are for! Nobody’s perfect.

What techniques do you use to create a believable character?

I don’t follow a strict acting method per say. Personally, what works for me is to delve into the psychology behind the character I’m playing. Use your imagination to create an authentic back story that works for you and follow your instincts. Sometimes that inner critic in your head makes you second guess and question your abilities. However, the training I received at Anthony Miendl Acting School gave me a new understanding of what it means to be truthful in your work, by learning how to steer away from all of the preconceived notions and ideas of what you think the character should be like. Try to just go with your gut and chase authenticity. I also believe it’s important to make distinct connections between yourself and the character by using the raw emotions of personal experiences. Remember, you’re not playing a character, you are the character!

What advice do you have for an artist who wants to break into acting?

Just go for it! You don’t necessarily need to have fancy qualifications to break into acting. Although, it definitely helps to have received some training so that you’re not going in blind. With the range of short courses and free resources available, the idea of breaking into acting seems a little less daunting than previously expected. My advice in three steps are: Apply for as many acting jobs as possible, network with other actors and people in the industry, and just absorb everything like a sponge! Worst case scenario you fail, but wouldn’t you rather give it a shot instead of never knowing what could have been? 

If not the entertainment industry, what other industry would you like to work in? 

I also have a degree in Psychology / Social Legal Studies and currently work in the Mental Health industry as well as acting. I like to keep my options open so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of working as Psychologist, Criminologist or Psychotherapist in the future, paralleling my efforts in the entertainment industry. 




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