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Mark Vasconcellos

California, USA

What is your occupation and what do you do?
I work as an actor, independent filmmaker & photographer.

What were your favorite subjects and activities in school?
My favorite subjects in school were: History, Science, Physical Education (PE) and band.

What subjects helped you prepare for your career?
Audio Visual (AV) and Science helped me to understand how mechanical things worked.

Where did you learn photography and what do you like best about it?
I learned photography in college and out in the real world shooting wherever I traveled to.  What I love most about photography is that I can capture the beauty of our world and share it with others and I can freeze a moment in time and preserve the beauty of people being human beings.

What places have you been to and which were the most interesting?
I have been very lucky to travel all over the world and learn about many cultures.  I have lived in Italy, Spain, France and Africa.  Asia was very beautiful,  Africa is old and mysterious, and Spain and the island of Malta have some of the richest history that any place could have.  The great thing about travel is that you get to learn about other ways of life and appreciate how lucky we in the US are to have what we have!

Are your photographs in galleries or for sale anywhere?
My photographs are shown in coffee shops around Los Angeles and can be purchased on the Internet.  Click
here to see some of my photos!  If you are interested in seeing more of my photos, or if someone you know is interested in purchasing any, send an email to Imagiverse - Ask The Expert and mention my name.

Was it difficult to get started in your career as an actor, director and producer?
Getting started in Television/Film production is very competitive, but not too hard to get started in!

Do you consider that your primary career or is photography more important?
Acting/directing is what I want to do as my lifetime work.  Photography is more of a hobby.

What do you do to "pay the rent"?
Acting and television/film production work pay the rent!

Do you feel that you have been successful at what you do?  What are your current goals?
I am making a living and surviving in a very competitive field.  I am happy, but want to do a lot more and would like to act in more television roles.  I have a feature film that I would like to make in the fall of 2002.

What does your wife think of your job?  Would you like your children to follow in your footsteps?
My wife is very supportive of my career.  I would love for my children to be successful in my chosen profession but what's really important is that they enjoy and love doing whatever they choose as a career.

What keeps you going and smiling when life and career are difficult?
My wife, my children and my family.  (Family is always the most important thing in life!)

What advice do you have for kids who want a career "in Hollywood"?
If you want a career in Hollywood: study, practice and have a great demo-reel when you get here!

What advice do you have for all kids?
My advice for children in general is: learn as much as you can in school, save your pennies, be the best you can be at what you love to do in life, don't let anyone tell you "you can't", and have fun doing whatever you do!

See you at the movies!

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- 26 August 2001


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2 November 2002

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