From His High School Dreams to Big Screen Realities – The Young Star Gets Ready to Shine
For many young men and women, heading to the Big Apple in pursuit of their dreams can be met with a lot more adversity that expected and become a more difficult decision to continue learning and growing without a guarantee of success. But for Model and Actor Christian Riccardi, his upcoming roles on Netflix’s “Kaleidoscope” and opposite Joe Pesci in the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” are proving that hard work certainly pays off!
Christian Riccardi is a model and actor of Italian descent. Born in New Haven, CT, he moved to Fairfield, CT at a young age where he attended high school with dreams of becoming a model and actor. Soon after graduating he got a job at a local retailer, working his way up the ladder to visual merchandising manager. Later moving to New York City to work for Bloomingdale’s, he was often encouraged by both his peers and shoppers alike to pursue his dreams.
Shortly thereafter, Riccardi quit his job to attend the famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting, completing the one year conservatory while simultaneously building a modelling portfolio. He then went on to private lessons with public speaking and acting coach Jill Jaysen who continued to help him build a strong foundation.
With his sights set on further dedication to his craft, he soon began taking on roles from a young mobster opposite famed actor Joe Pesci in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” to the upcoming show “Kaleidoscope” playing a waiter – both to premiere on Netflix.
A move to Brooklyn, NY would further immerse him in one of the world’s biggest art and fashion meccas, where he would be introduced to celebrity acting coach Tracey Moore and continue to learn in pursuit of his passion. Riccardi has also continued to work as a model with some of New York’s most known and respected fashion photographers with a further goal of taking part powerful modeling campaigns. He dreams of one day modeling for one of the many elite fashion brands during the world famous NY Fashion Week.
“I want to be able to help the world change the notion of modeling so it isn’t so much about selling sex as it should be about celebrating each individual’s unique beauty” Christian says, furthering “I want to show men that it is better to be different”.
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