Rising Actor/Model Renato Vidalon


There is a popular belief that there is no place left in Hollywood for outsiders – the town is already full of those who were lucky enough to be involved in the business from a very young age. From Kylie Jenner to Ryan Gosling, it almost seems like in order to become a star, having an insider family connection seems almost necessary to many.

This certainly isn’t the case for Renato Vidalon, an actor/model who flew here all the way from Lima, Peru. “I had a cousin living in Los Angeles, but that was about it. I left my parents and friends in Peru” told Renato. The twenty year old star, when asked about what it was like to move out, told us “ my family and friends from Peru they all believe in me, and they have always supported me, I’m very happy that my family accepts the idea of myself moving to LA.

Renato’s father and brother are both electrical engineers, and he was also expected to become one. But, he always knew that he wanted to become an entertainer. “I was sixteen when I first did my professional acting job. I was in a Peruvian TV show called “Somos Family ” he told.

After the first job, Renato said that he “fell in love with the job”, and decided to move to the United States to study acting.

He lived in San Francisco first for six months, attending to acting workshops and pursuing his dream. There, he met Linda DeFilippo, his current manager. “She told me that I could do more things in LA, and as soon as I graduated high school, I moved to LA.”

“My biggest challenge was finding agents and a manager” told Renato. “ It took a while, but at the end, I found a good commercial agent Trio Talent Agency and a good manager DC Talent Management under Linda.” Renato also had a struggle finding the right people in the industry to guide him. As a foreigner and a total outsider, Renato had to rely on his friends to lead him to the right direction, and those who “helped me understand how Hollywood works.” Renato said that his connections in the industry became his friends even outside of the work.

His passion reached outside of modeling and acting, as Renato told us that he wishes to host his own TV show eventually. “ I just like everything that has to with telling stories. Even if it’s like screenwriting, or doing voice over like cartoons. I like everything in the show business” told Renato.

Renato set a great example for the new talents trying to get into the industry. With nothing but sheer passion and love, he was able to attend the runway for Kenneth Barlis and act in various shorts and features.

He didn’t forget to end the interview with inspiring words for those like himself- the outsiders trying to break big in Hollywood. “We only live once. My biggest fear is to look back later in life and to think ‘I wish I would’ve done that differently”. Happiness is the key,” said Renato. “Just follow your heart.”



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