Name: Elisabetta Fantone
Occupation/Company: Painter, Actress, Wife, Mother
How did you get to where you are today?
Lots of hard work, determination, never taking no for an answer and never listening to the naysayers.
What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
Thankfully, I’ve never really had to rely on elevator pitches to get to where I am today.
How do you define success?
To me, success isn’t really about how much money you make but rather on being able to survive by doing what you love in life.
What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
I’ve been on a few television and movie productions that were pretty rewarding such as my first movie, My Name is Sandy and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, where I got to share the screen with Amy Adams and the great Christophe Waltz. I’ve published two books, I’ve designed two watches for CORUM, the world renowned watch maker, I’ve collaborated with an international fashion designer on a line of dresses, I’ve painted a number of large murals, two of which are located in Wynwood, which is considered to be one of the top art districts in north America and I’ve been commissioned to paint some of the world’s most iconic celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Celine Dion and the Kardashians. More recently, I artistically revamped the National Hotel in Miami Beach including the total makeover of a suite that now bares my name, that’s pretty rewarding.
What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?
I think my biggest mistake was to trust the wrong people early on in my career. What I’ve learned with time is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but most importantly, you should never sell yourself short.
What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
As a mother I’d like to have another child. As a painter, I’d like to have a solo show in world renowned museum and as an actor, like every other actor out there, I would like to earn an Academy Award.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’ve always avoided limiting myself to one single influence and I would say that I’m mostly influenced by the world around me! I think it would stifle my creativity if I were to stick to one way of thinking or one source of influence. My thoughts and ideas evolve every day with my work and I never know where my next idea will come from. It can come from a song I just heard, or something in nature or even a story I was recently told. I try to be receptive and open at all times.
What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I used to worry about the most meaningless things until I gave birth to my baby girl, now I can tell you what real anxiety and sleepless nights are.
What makes you truly, genuinely happy?
I can honestly say that no matter where I am, being with my husband and child truly fulfills me.
What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?
To always stay true to yourself and to follow your dreams no matter what. We have a limited time here on earth and so life is too short to be wasting it on something that does not fulfill you.
What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
It’s mostly messy and not always glamorous. It’s lots of sleepless nights and countless hours of hard labor to get to a final product that people assume was easy to achieve.
Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?
Let the naysayers fuel your ambition and perseverance. If you have a vision and the will, you can create anything and be whoever you want to be.