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Carmen Risi

Actor, Singer, Musician, 

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Add CANCER SURVIVOR to my resume as of 2021! Just as I was starting to get back into the gig economy after a lull during the pandemic, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Enter a year+ of chemotherapy, surgeries, hair loss, and struggle. I'm glad to say the worst is behind me. I am forever changed. Check out my Instagram for a walk-through of the journey. 

I've reentered the world slowly and am grateful to once again be singing, acting, and performing, but most of all being with those I love. The goal was to live, and here I am.

News and Updates

My Return to the Stage

In April of 2022 I made my return to the stage by competing in the Milwaukee Italian Community Center's Italian Idol competition - and I won! What a rewarding and affirming return after hardly singing for months and enduring body-altering chemotherapy. My winning songs were "Orange Colored Sky" and "Into the Unknown."

Commercial PSA

My most recent (and most favorite) commercial just came out - a PSA from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.  How very special to do this one as a cancer survivor - screenings saved my life! Get yours done! Don't give me, "But...stuff!" Click below to see what fun we had creating this very important message. 

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I started writing little ditties to entertain and explain what I was going through. It was a creative outlet when I couldn't do much else. Then I started to realize I actually could write songs...check out what I've got so far at #DittiesWithCarmen and stay tuned!

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