I'm pleased to welcome Nelli Palvo, a Los Angeles based actress, on board as a Project Assistant. We met at a Finnish Creative Industries networking event last year, and since then Nelli and I have stayed in contact about the project and acting work in LA. She is currently pursuing a career in film and television and taking comedy classes!
Over the next few months, Nelli will assist Saara Wacklin and I with production logistics as we prepare for the U.S. premiere in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. This includes everything from posting on Facebook, to researching ancestry organizations, and creating marketing materials.
We're thrilled to have her join us, and we hope you'll take the time to read her answers to the three questions below.
Where is your family from?
I was born and raised in Helsinki till I was about 18 years old, when I moved to London. My mom was born in Merikarvia and my dad in Merikarvia, both of my them have lived most of their adult lives in Helsinki. My maternal great-grandfather left Finland in the early 1920's and located in Chicago with 26 dollars in his pocket and a dream of a new life in there. Not much is known about his life after that.
Where do you feel most at "home"?
I feel most at home in Los Angeles by the beach.
What does SISU mean to you?
Sisu to me means "not giving up". It helps me to get through tough times in life and it helps me to keep focus. It also holds a historical meaning for me; without sisu of the brave men and women (like my grandparents) we would not be celebrating the fact that we have been independent country for almost 98 years. Those people showed and used sisu every single day, in situation that at the time seemed horrible and hopeless. I like to think that that is where we have learned sisu.