Ottavio Gesmundo: Theatre Industry Worker Tag
We are asking anyone working in any capacity of the theatre industry what they love about it and have learned along the way. Here is Ottavio Gesmundo based in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
1. Do you remember your first experience within the theatre/entertainment industry?
I was born into entertainment and hail from six generations of Italian circus & theatre performers. My first job was as Le Pitite Clown at 7 years of age.
2. When did you know you wanted to work in the entertainment industry?
All my life. Its all I wanted to do.
3. Did you study the arts?
Yes, I studies dance, singing, stunt work and numerous other circus disciplines.
4. What was your first job in the theatre/entertainment industry?
My first professional theater job was in the musical A Chorus Line at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
5. What’s the best role you ever had?
That’s a tough one because I have lots of favorites. One of the most gratifying was to be Stunt Director and Choreographer for the Equity touring production of Spider-Man Live!, which had sold performances at Radio Ciry Music Hall.
6. How is your role misunderstood outside the arts and how do you explain what you do to people?
I say that I shoot at my wife for a living. And when they laugh, I say don’t laugh too hard because she shoots back at me too!
7. What are the top three skills you need for your role?
Steadiness, confidence, and courage.
8. What advice do you have for anyone looking to do what you do?
9. If you could do anything else in the theatre/entertainment industry what would it be?
Rock Star musician.
10. What advice do you have for anyone looking to make a career in the arts?
Learn from all various fields of entertainment, dance, circus, film, music. There is so much to learn and you may find the right mix for you.
11. What do you wish someone told you before pursuing a career in the theatre?
Learn from every aspect you can, which I did. You will not be limited then.
12. Were you still able to work in the theatre/entertainment industry during the Pandemic?
Yes, after a short break. We were able to resume shows at limited capacity because the infection rate was low where we were located in Leipzig, Germany.
13. What are you most looking forward to in the theatre/entertainment industry when we reach a new normal?
To travel the world again and perform in new locations.
14. What do you love the most about the theatre/entertainment industry?
Getting paid to travel and perform in exotic locations.
15. Would you ever want to leave the theatre/entertainment industry?