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Check Out Michael Perrucci’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Perrucci.

Hi Michael, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Born and raised alongside my sister Nicolette Perrucci in Upstate NY by Mike and Barb Perrucci into a traditional Italian family who owned and operated several Perrucci’s Pizzeria and Restaurants is where my persistence, hard work, and knowledge of entrepreneurship come from.

Being alongside my father after school working, watching, and learning the ins and outs I was serving customers, cashiering, and making pizzas you name it from a very young age. I did it all other than cook and I still can’t cook unfortunately but I’ll give you excellent customer service! Theater and dance came of interest as I got older and others were doing theater and dance.

These weren’t the activities my parents accepted or thought would be positive for me to really go into. You’ll have to ask them exactly why but that’s my guess also maybe it was the bullying and abuse I endured through my days at school and in the neighborhood that they felt theater and dance would make things worse for their son.

Of course, I’d be expected to take over the pizzerias at a certain time in life. As that was always a question from regulars and family friends. This is how it goes with a family business whether you are Italian or not.

As much as I wanted to take the business over I still knew I was different in some way and every trip to the city made me have butterflies in my belly, made me feel alive, welcomed, and that I was not so different after all by seeing others wearing fashionable clothes, shoes, bags like I would unlike many my age back home.

I saw these skyscrapers that made me want to live at the very top but I didn’t know how to get to the top and I’m still working to get to the top but with a better attitude toward life.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Besides being my own worst enemy often.

I dealt with years of addiction to prescription pills which I’m not ashamed or guilty about because remaining in those feelings will keep you in trouble. Being clinically depressed with toxic relationships, repeating negative cycles and I’m happy to say it is all behind me now.

I am alive and well and thriving. Do I still have days like everyone else where I don’t feel comfortable or great about my body and mind? Absolutely. However, I have gained clarity and learned tools to work through these emotions as well as having support systems in place.

As much as I tend to overthink, I’m also the type of person to wake up each day and be thankful and say my prayers. Applying it to casting calls that don’t book me, especially the ones I’m really passionate about, would be so hard on myself for not getting the job.

I don’t want to compare myself to the other guys going up for the same job as me who have more experience, a better body, or better talent and I also don’t know their story of challenges either. I want to be myself and show my talent. I want the Bibb because I’m a great fit and I deserve the job.

Last but not least let go of expectations from others when you win. We expect family or friends to have these amazing reactions to our bookings and when they don’t we feel sad or disappointed when really they don’t know our work and sacrifices for these bookings so celebrate our own wins.

Alone or with those that truly want you to win, not fair-weather friends!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
After high school at almost 20, I did not expect to be living in Pinellas County, FL.

Ten years now and so much good has happened for me and I’m so thankful. I’m really proud of how far I have come with support from my family. The struggle or believing that at 18, I’m supposed to have my career planned out and be financially stable is kinda crazy if you ask me.

So, to anyone believing that relaxing you have time so much is yet to come. Dabble as I did with different jobs and creative outlets to help you find your passions.

After settling into Tampa Bay after some time I found a good group of friends, and great jobs, and had some ups and downs but I was happy to be able to be myself with no apologies for my love of fashion, dance, and theater. There were supporters of me and I supported others as well and asked questions.

I had more clarity of who Michael is and how he wants to live his life and now that I am a young adult I don’t need approval from anyone to go for it so I did. I started with modeling for photographers’ portfolios, and small casting gigs that never landed, and honestly it probably wasn’t the right time for me yet as I was still in the midst of personal issues. I worked plenty of jobs from retail to hospitality.

Last year I was working on Clearwater Beach and a co-worker of mine had me submit to KLR Creative Group for future background acting on a Lifetime film that needs background actors. I was surprised this came through and I told KLR I wouldn’t bake and I’d be there and do the job, that’s how my acting has really begun. While working on my first film in 2021 less than a month later I was signed to my first agency here in Tampa.

I was so happy, proud of myself for going after what I really wanted in life, not holding back. Taking this into my own and this all has become so personal. Finally, this all seemed to be coming together. I was being submitted by my agency and other agents while being sent acting and modeling work all across the state of Florida and further. Very early I realized this is an industry of hustling. You can’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you.

You have to put yourself out there, apply yourself, and be reliable and professional. If you don’t always know exactly what to do it’s okay. Casting loves mistakes and they love authenticity. Many times on set I’ve analyzed while listening around well-known actors or other actors like myself.

Take notes while rolling with the punches on set until production says “cut” or “that’s a wrap on scene 4” for instance then we all move on to the next. It’s quite a rush but a good rush. It’s the best! I stay on top of my acting classes and continue to meet and network with like-minded people.

I celebrate all wins from small to big and even the jobs that don’t pay but give me more experience, knowledge, connection, and friendships as well as adding more work to my resume. During my spare time when I’m not filming on set or my service job I watch videos on casting tips and read articles on filming and production.

I love to journal about my day-to-day life and I have a few short stories I’ve written about as well. Writing is very relaxing and a great way for me to express myself. I’ve always had a passion for writing since I was a child and maybe one-day pieces of my writing will be up for production maybe.

For now, I am highly focused to further my acting career as well as modeling, classes as well, and gaining more insight into all aspects of film and photography while working in hospitality in this economy all while helping others along the way.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I make sure to have backup plans and money saved just Incase. I can’t think I’m invincible and these recent problems won’t happen again.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @michael_perrucci

Image Credits
Destinee Spruell, Joyous Shots Photography, and Baja Jessopp

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