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Article | Sun September 17, 2017, 10:20 AM EST

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September 17, 2017 -- Fourteen year old Matthew Tronieri is making waves in the industry even at a young age. “I love acting, I think I’m good at it and I’m not shy. I love performing in front of big crowds,” he says. His confidence and the support from his family is palpable in our conversation.

He started at the acting at the age of eight and began taking classes with his parent’s encouragement. Manager Kenny Jansen recognized his raw talent immediately and took him under his wing.  Under his care, Tronieri soon booked his first commercial, “Coats for Kids,” as well as a “Golden Corral” commercial. He also booked a role as a bully in the blockbuster film “The Amazing Spiderman 2, London Calling,” spending three days filming in New York City. He even got to meet the film’s stars, Andrew Garfield and Paul Giamatti while on set. He was the lead in the short film, “The Showdown,” and received accolades on both coasts: It was an official selection in the Stoney Brook Film Festival in New York and the Holly Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles. He and his family attended both premieres in support of the film. He is signed with Innovative Artists, one of the most respected talent agencies in the nation.

Even though he is known in his community of friends as an actor, he is also from a family of athletes (his father was an athlete at Temple University) and would love to do a sports-related film in the future. Perhaps this lineage is where he picked up the adage, “If you get knocked down five times, get up six.” Tronieri says of those who would try to dissuade him, “Whoever tells me that I can’t make it - I just use them as motivation to do better.” Tronieri has his sights set high: he wants to emulate a career like his favorite actors, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt.

His manager Kenny Jansen of Kenny David Management speaks very highly of Troneri’s commitment to his goals: “It never bothers him to get on the train four or five times a week for auditions, or to come in to do a last minute self-tape. He’d have all his lines memorized, be off book and ready to shoot. He’s a really dedicated kid.  He went on to say that Tronieri has gotten callback after callback on big feature films. “It is just a matter of time,” Jansen said.


Where are you from originally?  

I was born and raised in South Philadelphia where I continue to reside.


What inspired you to be in the industry?  

I always liked to perform, crack jokes, and entertain my family and friends.  Acting is just natural to me. When I heard from someone in the business that I had talent, I was inspired to get better at my craft. I wanted to take classes and learn how to take direction, learn how to be on a set, and learn more about the different facets of the industry.


What are some of he projects you worked on in the past?

I have been fortunate enough to work on blockbuster film sets like: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “London Calling,” and “Delivery Man,” as well as independent films like, “The Showdown,” “Blue Bird Weather,” and “Twin Bed.” I’e shot on TV sets including: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Nurse Jackie.” I’ve also worked on commercial sets for companies like Golden Corral and Coats for Kids.


What have you currently been working on?  

I am working in the Philadelphia and New York acting communities and partnering with industry veterans to hone my acting skills.


Where do you see yourself in five years? 

I hope to continue by acting education formally in college while continuing hands on learning on TV and film sets.  


How do you feel the industry is changing and how do you feel it benefits you as an actor? 

I think the emergence of social media platforms has changed the industry in countless ways.  There are so many venues to promote a project, to reach an audience, and to grow as an actor.  Now, you are able to watch performances on phones and computers instead of just movie screens and TV’s. The industry needs to embrace the new opportunities and new audiences.




Interview by: Giovannie Espiritu


Article | Sun September 17, 2017, 10:20 AM EST

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