We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Amantea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eva, what’s your definition for success?
Ironically enough, I didn’t start thinking about this question until a friend of mine asked Justin Baldoni, actor in Jane the Virgin and director of Five Feet Apart, how he defined success. We were at a screening for Five Feet Apart in March of 2019, and she hadn’t had a chance to ask him this during the Q&A so she asked him during the meet and greet. I was surprised that she considered asking this because I thought the definition of success was somewhat universal, or so we were led to believe – reaching goals that lead to emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual well-being. Why would she ask him that – in my mind that was the same as asking someone how they define fame, fortune, love, etc? Then I remembered – a word like success does indeed have a dictionary definition, pretty standard across Webster, Dictionary.com, and Oxford. But each word in that definition can mean a million different things, which I had not yet considered until my friend asked Justin Baldoni about this.
I learned it is more nuanced than that, especially considering that I felt SUCCESSFUL in interviewing once I interviewed Dylan Sprouse in December of 2016. It was not necessarily the fact that it was Dylan Sprouse, it was the fact that my hard work of 5 years had paid off enough and created in me a spark that lit brightly enough to help me secure an interview with my celebrity crush. So in other words, I think everyone can and should have a different definition of success. Who are we to tell someone that they won’t be successful until they interview Justin Bieber ten times over, or until they improve their mile time by 20 seconds and not just 10?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ohhhh…ok this is fun because I actually don’t tend to play tourist in my own city as much as I used to!!I split my time between San Diego and Los Angeles, so here are a few of my favorite spots in each. San Diego:
1. Gaslamp Quarters – I can smell the fried onion rings, whiskey, and lemonade just thinking about the Gaslamp. In the heart of San Diego, it hosts Petco Park (where I basically grew up, eating cracker jacks and watching Adrian Gonzales), the Convention Center (hello Comic-Con!!!) and a two story Broken Yolk Cafe.
2. Oceanside Pier – The pier is just plain beautiful and fun. A casual stroll down it leads you to Ruby’s Diner…well, it would up until a few months ago. Ruby’s has closed, which hurt because it was a place my cousins and I went to every time they came to visit. The pier itself is still fun though for fishing, taking pictures, and seeing seagulls up close.
3. Coomber’s – Coomber’s is also in Oceanside – not a tourist spot by any means, but a local spot we all love. Live music on Mondays makes for a great outing! (You will learn, I much more prefer to do “local” activities over tourist activities).
1. Crave Cafe – Another local activity – though tourists do go here in hopes of seeing a celebrity! I have ran into Madison Beer here, which made me as excited as I was to get their Caprese salad – seriously, whatever mozzarella and vinegar they use is phenomenal!
2. Santa Monica Pier – I guess I have a thing for piers. Besides having amazing ice cream and amazing views, you can catch em all in Pokemon Go!
3. Hollywood Boulevard – Ok, I know that Hollywood Blvd is super touristy and then people end up disappointed because they don’t see Tom Cruise immediately upon arrival. But if for no other reason, go for the street performers. There is this one guy who I see every time I go – he plays Magic by B.o.B. as he twirls a basketball on his finger for hours.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am not one to typically only credit one person for my success, but I also do not want to miss anybody. 🙂 I will say that besides my family and friends, I did have a professor in college that really helped me get over the hump of doubt when I began to get burnt out from interviewing – it didn’t last more than maybe 6 months but it was tough. He brought me back to what he called the purpose question – Why am I here? This is when I realized that the thrill of interviewing celebrities was not as big now as the thrill of talking to people – Yes, I got a thrill when I got to speak to the hot Viners and the Disney Channel stars, but at the end of the day he really helped me ponder WHY – because I love talking to people. They don’t have to be on Instagram with a million followers, or on my tv every Friday night at 8 pm. Everyone’s got a story – some are just more amplified than others.
Shoutout to Kristo Gobin 🙂