FEATURED ARTIST SERIES: Rob Lobosco and Creating Your Own Opportunities

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 4.34.50 PMSometimes, as an artist, inspiration can be overwhelming, while opportunities seems scarce. What do do when you’re brimming with ideas that no one wants to hear?

Create space for them yourself.

Rob Lobosco, this week’s subject of our Featured Artist Series, is no stranger to that concept. He lived in Brunswick till he was ten, when his mother’s tragic passing forced a move to suburban Essendon. Rob is still based here, where he funds his acting career by practicing as a doctor of Chinese Medicine. He runs health retreats, an attraction he says draws a number of actors.

It was James Dean that hooked a four-year-old Rob on the entertainment business. Steeping himself in the brooding idol’s three films was a childhood obsession that would soon fuel a lifetime of decisions. Now, Rob can’t imagine life without it. “Acting is my sixth sense,” he declares, “it’s my aortic pulse, it is my food and air, it is what truly makes me happy and satisfied.”

But even sixth senses need to be honed. Rob trained at the William Bates Academy of Performing Arts from 1990-1999, running from high school classes to acting lessons. Beyond high school, Rob trained at TAFTA with John Orcsick, a man Rob describes as a mentor. An accomplished actor himself, Orcsick encouraged Rob to develop his second love: writing, even directing Rob’s first education play, TeenISSUES. Rob went on to write Sexuale, a controversial play that had to fight for its place touring the Australia school system.

Rob kept working on his acting as well. He had already thrown himself into the industry as a film extra and theatre actor, marking his professional debut in the series professional acting break came with the series starring Rebecca Gibney.

Both aspects of his career were taking off. His educational plays caught the eye of Alan Hardy, a well-respected producer. In 2007 Rob accepted the Screen Australia Development funding, which allowed him to work with Hardy, writing these plays into a TV series, “The Valley.”

As with his previous mentor, Rob used his experiences with Hardy as a springboard to producing his own work, seeking funding from investors and producing his own feature film, “Groomless Bride.”

Even this success was not enough. Rob sought further training in LA, winding up in Bernard Hiller’s 2012 U.K. Masterclass. His time there inspired him to make a trilogy of films.

I was so pumped from the Bernard Hiller Masterclass that I went on to making my trilogy of films, kicking off with “FATE—It Is What It Is,” an Officially Selected Film at the 2014 New York City Independent Film Festival. In regards to his success, Rob reflects. “People say, ‘ Wow

you have done a lot.’ I reply, ‘I have not done enough. I still have so much to do on this wondrous journey called life.’”

A fierce advocate of self-created work, Rob tracks his success to his early motivation to write his own education plays. In the interest of self-promotion, he joined Cast It Talent after seeing world call for Angelina Jolie’s film “Unbroken.” After signing up, Rob was thrilled to score an audition, and began to get in the habit of submitting this way. “Cast It talent has helped me a lot,” he says. “I love it and think it’s a great platform for all artists. Sometimes for an actor it is so important to just keep at it. It’s important to have things to submit to. To make us feel pro-active and great…It is so easy to get down in the dumps and think ‘nothing is coming my way.’ But so much is right at your fingertips. Cast It lists so many roles for you to submit to and every working actor around the world needs to be on it. Some of the greatest stars once used Cast It as a launching pad for their career.”

Rob has used Cast It from the other side of the table as well, intending to cast an international actress for his next film through the site. Speaking to its global reach, he says, “It’s made me believe that anything is possible. Any role can be yours if it is meant to be yours.”

Momentum undiminished, Rob is looking forward to knocking out series 2 of his web series, which he wrote, produced and starred in, as well as working on funding for his next feature, “Eternal Heart,” based on the true story of his mother’s tragic death. He hopes to promote healing with his projects.

To young artists looking to follow in his self-producing footsteps, Rob says, “I learnt to talk about my creations. As soon as you do this you begin to manifest these and start attracting people who can help you. Don’t stay quiet about your creations, share your ideas with like-minded friends and family who can assist you…Follow the two ‘Rob Lobosco daily mantras’ that I live by: ’Don’t wait – create,’ and ‘Believe – and you will receive.’”

Excellent advice, and an excellent example. In an age when services such as Cast It Talent make a worldwide reach accessible, there are no excuses. Be your own advocate and create your own opportunities.


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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

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