Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.
My name is Forest Quaglia. I’m an actor, writer, producer and director from Boston, MA. I’ve always been passionate about the performing arts but didn’t start pursuing it as a career until 2020.
That’s when I booked my first substantial role portraying Captain Charlie Travers in the film, The Bootlegger. This docu-drama depicts the life of Travers in the 1920’s prohibition and a rouge coast guard commander.
During 2021, I played a number of exciting and unique roles. I also made my producing debut with ‘The Investigators’ a comedy about two clumbsy private investigators.
The Investigators won best action comedy 2021 at the night of comedy shorts festival. I also portrayed, Roger in ‘Lethal Love Triangle’ a Lifetime channel flick, Zack in ‘Damon’s Revenge’ starring Michael Madsen, Brayden in ‘Secrets by the Shore’, Jackpot in the family film ‘Junkyard Dogs’ and have multiple projects in development slated for 2022.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I believe we all have our own unique gifts to share with the world. One of the gifts that I would love to share is my unique perspective on life. I try my best to always be optimistic and keep an uplifting attitude.
We are the writers of our own stories and we have the power to achieve our goals. I wish to inspire as many people as I can.
In an effort to stand out professionally and create more value for myself as an artist, I began learning the ins and outs of cinema as a whole. Even though I started as an actor, I learned about producing, directing, writing and various other positions on a film set.
Then I started a film production company, Forest Quaglia Studios. (FQ Studios)
Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?
I was working a night shift in armed security job, I sat in my vehicle thinking to myself how I didn’t want to spend my life working jobs I wasn’t passionate about.
I was watching acting clips of my favorite actors and it inspired me.
Ever since then I started to mimic characters on TV, act out skits and learn about the industry. One thing led to another and here I am, in the middle of the relentless hustle of an artist trying to make a name for himself.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle as an artist has been overcoming stage fright.
Being on display, putting all your vulnerabilities in front of a camera or audience creates a lot of excitement and anxiety.
Learning how to overcome that, to be truly present in the moment has been a great challenge but I’m evolving as an artist and as a person every single day.
Practice makes perfect.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
My favorite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio to learn how to perform at his level.
My favorite Director Martin Scorsese to learn from his vast experience as a filmmaker.
Lastly, Kevin Feige so I can learn the ins and outs of film production as well as getting a shot at being cast as the next big Marvel superhero.
Playing a superhero is one of my career goals.
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