I am Evan Gambardella, recent graduate of Boston University’s BFA Acting program. I’m a professional actor, magician, balloon artist, hypnotist, and musician. I began traveling in 2012 after I impulsively bought a one-way flight to Hawaii, left 4 hours later, and ended up staying for five weeks! In 2013 I couchsurfed through Italy, learned olive farming Greece, then studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In summer of 2013, I took my magic, balloons and djembe and performed up the eastern coast of the African continent, visiting seven countries in three months. After graduating in May 2014, and traveling across the USA, I performed in the musical “ASSASSINS” by Stephen Sondheim, playing the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald. After the show ended in Boston, I took a month to volunteer in Costa Rica before returning back to the USA for the holidays. Now I’m currently doing a few magic and balloon art gigs here and there, and teaching a quick workshop at an Arts High School before moving on to whatever comes next!
I was born and raised in Connecticut—a smallish New England state in the USA. It looks like an upside-down frying pan, with the handle sticking out on the left side on the bottom. Despite common misconceptions from people outside of our country, Connecticut is nuzzled between two major US cities: New York City and Boston… it is not in the Midwest!
[Favorite place in the country] My heart says Boston, because that’s where I have the happiest memories and where I met life-long friends. After a cross-country road trip this summer (where I met you! [me-the blogger:] ) I’d have to add a few more to the list that don’t include my home. I completely underestimated the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Despite it being kinda touristy, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. My jaw actually dropped when I saw it. I also loved Yellowstone National Park! Beyond the beautiful mountains, waterfalls, geysers, and buffalo encounters on the road, we had a chance to bathe in some natural hot springs under the stars. It was surreal. Basically anything out west really blows my mind, probably because I’m from the East Coast! As we say in English, the grass is always greener on the other side…
People think that Americans are all from the movie “Animal House.” No way! America is not the movie “Animal House.” Though many fraternities in the USA may act like that to some degree, I have never witnessed it and neither have my friends. I’d argue that Americans party no harder (arguably less hard) than Europeans or South Africans do. Just from my own personal experience. Also, America is way bigger than just New York and California!
I’d love to experience as much of the world as I can, so it’s hard to pick just one. I suppose my dream destination is wherever I am right now! But I will say that next on my list includes Chile, Argentina, and/or Norway. But I’m open to change.