Persistence means Do or Die
Every superhero knows the power of persistence is paramount! This week we will feature a series of articles by Amy Armstrong of Operamouth that examines persistence in art!
by Amy Armstrong
Dave Vescio found the “passion for playing villain” early in his career with his list of credits reading like a lesson in stepping outside of the box, doing the unconventional and capitalizing on a specific type of role. My third contributor to my persistence series shares with me his no-holds-barred take on persistence.
What does persistence mean to me? It means that failure is just not an option. It means do or die, because there is no try. It also means never, ever giving up, and I mean NEVER. Which in the end means: figuring out what you do best, what you love most, and what you need to do every single day before you go to bed? You do that, and you will never face the problem of not persisting. You will persist, because you have to persist. It’s a daily need that has to be met, no matter what. It’s your soul purpose in life. It’s why you are here on this planet called Earth. And we are ALL here for different reasons. And these different reasons may clash with one another. But, it’s why we are ALL here. To do what we need to do every single day before we go to bed. And the reality of the game is, is that we are all doing it right now at this moment in time. We are ALL doing what we are supposed to be doing, because we need to be doing it, so we do it, every single day, and I mean every single day. It’s a need that needs to be met, no matter what. So, if you can, look at your daily needs, what is it that you love to do, that you have to do every single day before you go to bed? Well, that’s YOU. That’s you being persistent every single day! See how easy it was and is. Do that. Always do that. And you’ll make your dreams come true, no matter what. That’s how simple life truly is. You just got to do what you need to do, and the reality is, is you’re actually doing it, every single day of your life!
Born in Somerset, Pennsylvania in 1970, Dave Vescio began making his own way through life at a very young age, joining the U.S. Army (25th Infantry Division) when he was 18-years old as a combat light infantry soldier with a specialty in jungle warfare. He studied Broadcast Journalism at Virginia Tech after his service, and Vescio soon found himself working as a TV Photojournalist for CBS News.
Performing on screen was always a natural medium, and it was only a matter of time before Vescio was accepted as a full-time student at the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC led by an impressive ensemble, the likes of writer/director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy (Fargo). Dave quickly found his passion for playing the villain in theater plays and feature films.
For nine years Vescio has meticulously perfected his craft, focusing on the antagonist and offbeat roles and developing his own unique style of acting. With his stunning ability to step into the mind of the character, and a preference of provocative and controversial roles, Vescio offers a performance that invades audience’s comfort zones.
Always attracted to the darker side of life, Dave Vescio has performed in over 40 horror and science fiction films, including SyFy’s Gemini Rising, Lionsgate’s Virus X, and the thriller Lost Soul. A rapidly rising star, Vescio takes the helm of the villainous role in the blockbuster Hick (2012) alongside a star-studded ensemble including Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Juliette Lewis, and Chloe Moretz.
Other credits includeThe Millionaire Tour with Dominic Monaghan with upcoming movies in the works that include The Trials of Cate McCall with Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte; and The Odd Way Home with Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore).
In January, Amy will be playing the role of Ethel in Footloose at the Eagle Theatre, her first role in an Equity theater. Past roles have included Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, and Julie in Carousel. Film credits include background on USA’s Political Animals, a featured role as the Therapist in a Five Day Film Festival short film entry, The Sidewinder as well as several local television commercials and print ads. She regularly sings with the Voices of the Pops, the featured vocal ensemble for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, with performances at the Kimmel Center, and the Philadelphia Singers, the featured choral ensemble for the Philadelphia Orchestra, with performances at the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Saratoga Music Festival. Past engagements included the soprano fairy soloist, Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the Philadelphia Kantorei in their performance with the Pennsylvannia Ballet, the title role in Suor Angelica with the Denver Opera Company, and several performances, too many to name, with Opera Colorado, and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. She has been a contributing writer for Operagasm, and is a regular columnist for Stage Magazine.