Jessica Marchi is a professional actress with a decade of acting experience, both in film and theater – she is currently based in Sydney, Australia. In a world where diversity on screen is ever-expanding, her distinct and ambiguous look sets her apart and allows her to play a wide ethnicity and age range. She has trained at NIDA, Screenwise, and other acting schools in Sydney. She is about to undertake a course run by Ben Matthews and another by Les Chantery. She has also auditioned for a musical theatre course run by the hub studio and has got accepted. She has focused on one on one coaching with the talented Luke Ford as her private acting coach and vigorously training her Australian and American accent with personal coach Robert Maxwell. She is a singer-songwriter with an album coming out in 2021 and she’s also a casual model.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Jessica to discuss her journey in the entertainment industry and here’s what went down:
Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get started in the entertainment industry?
I honestly always LOVED the entertainment industry. Whether it was singing, or dancing, or acting, I have always been a performing kid. It all started with my obsession with the musical Grease and since then I never stopped singing and dancing and acting.
Although I loved all of that, I never actually chose to do it professionally as I thought I should’ve had a 9-5 job.
I have always been very ambitious, so I started my own e-commerce business when I was 22 years old as well as working a full-time job, all after finishing my university degree, but I quickly realized I did not like what I was doing and dropped it all to focus my life on my passion, which is acting.
I am originally Italian, been here for 12 years almost. I am currently a Miss World Australia NSW finalist which is really exciting and I am also working on an EP with music I personally wrote which will come out later this year.
What do you like most about acting?
I love ‘pretending’ to be someone else, finding similarities with the character, and creating a story… and I love taking the risks because there are no actual consequences. Acting is fun, you get to play just like when you were a kid, that’s what I love.
What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?
I always try to improve my acting skills by continuously attending acting classes and surrounding myself with like-minded people that want to grow.
What are your strong points as an actor?
I would say that my strong point is that I own a clear lane. There is only one me in this world and I’m the only one that can bring what I bring. And this goes out to every other actor, I think owning and knowing your uniqueness is your strong point.
What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?
This may be a little bit cliche, but I would say the main difficulty of this industry is the amount of rejection that you constantly get. It becomes difficult when you continuously get a no because you start doubting yourself, but it is imperative to then be resilient and consistent until you get the yes you were waiting for.
What do you do when you’re not filming?
Currently, I am training for Miss World Australia. Otherwise, I normally work as a video editor and marketing specialist.
What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?
I would have to say that the most memorable experience of my career so far was getting a role in a short film where I was the only actress and the whole short film was about my character and her story.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
I can’t name them all, there are too many. But every single person that I’ve met onset, and at acting classes has been incredible. I have made lifelong friends just from doing classes and from being onset
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
Booking a re-occurring role on a TV series or a lead role in a feature film.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Green book.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Kindness, loyalty, and empathy.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Skydive.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Just do it.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My directness and honesty.