Interview with Pati Amoroso | NYFA Musical Theatre Graduate

Hi! I’m Pati Amoroso from Sao Paolo, Brazil
and I studied musical theatre at the New York Film Academy! Well my background, I suppose,
started when I was very little actually. I was 15 days old when I moved to LA and that
already got me started in the American culture. Then we moved to New Jersey where we were
like only forty, forty-five minutes from New York so every weekend my parents would take
me and my brother to see Broadway shows and I just fell in love with everything. I was
so little and just listening to the music and the energy just got me hooked.
What drew me to New York Film Academy was the amount of resources that you guys have
here. Cameras, lights, and especially your teachers. We didn’t at that time, have that
many resources in Brazil so I just knew that if I wanted to pursue this dream, I would
have to come to New York Film Academy. New York Film Academy helped me meet other people
from other countries, which was amazing to know that there are so many interesting people
that I never met before with different cultures and different ideas and that helped me get
settled in this city. Yeah, Brazilians are very drawn to New York. Well, like everybody
else in the whole wide world cuz it’s like if you can make it there, you’ll make it
anywhere. So, I feel like since the start, every Brazilian wants to have the dream of
studying here. So I feel pretty confident that many Brazilians want to come here. Yeah,
Brazil has changed a lot now. More or less eleven or twelve years ago the musical theatre
industry began in Brazil and now it’s become something…I’d say it’s a mini Broadway
in a way. Because now we have so much more musical theatre there, everything’s growing.
I’d say soon enough that, well, Sao Paolo or Rio could turn into a New York City. The
New York Film Academy has taught me so many things that I take on till day. I like condensing
it to one thing is basically confidence, confidence in your craft. All the teachers made me feel
confident about myself and they rooted me on to becoming what I am today and that’s
what I try to keep on using for my career. It was a great honor to become a part of Mamma
Mia. I was shocked actually. But I had never seen the actual show before. I did watch the
movie with Meryl Streep and—she’s my idol—so when I got cast I held myself from going to
the Broadway show because I wanted to make Sophie my own, but I did watch the show after
we started. Like, we had a week break so I came to New York and I watched the show, but
it was amazing. Being part of the company of Mamma Mia was amazing. The people, everybody
involved in the project was so enthusiastic about it, and confident that it was going
to turn into something great. Well, I wanted to make Sophie a type of Brazilian Sophie
in a way. You can tell that American acting is very different from Brazilian acting. You
can compare soap operas with Law and Order or something. So I wanted to show that. I
wanted to show that even though the script is British, you can make the characters different
even though they have the same lines. Now that I did Mamma Mia, people see me as a professional,
whereas before they didn’t really know who I was. I would tell everyone who wants to
be in musical theatre to be really nice to people. Because you don’t know who is going
to help you out in getting roles or auditions and it’s not worth being mean. So, confidence,
like I said before, and focus on your studies and your own talent and don’t be mean. [laughs]
In the next ten years I hope to be working as an actress and respected for my craft and
admired. [laughs] I would love to build a theatre in Sao Paolo. I want to feed the culture
in Brazil. I want to be a part of this growing genre [laughs]. I advise every actor to study,
to continue studying and work on your craft. No actor is completely ready. Everybody can
learn a little bit more.

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