As previously mentioned, this blog is going to be full of people creating their own work. On that note, I’m happy to introduce my first #CreateYourOwnWork interviewee, French-American actress and multi-hat-wearer Rosalie Muller-Boiral!
Rosalie took some time out to discuss the triumphs and challenges of being at the helm of one’s own projects, and why persistence is key.
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am a French-American actress, (published) author, screenwriter and filmmaker currently based in New York City. I’m also a hostess, a French tutor and a video editor.
#CreateYourOwnWork: what does that mean for you?
#CreateYourOwnWork means for me that I can tell my stories the way I want to tell them. From writing a great script, hiring a professional and talented crew, casting the right actors, choosing the perfect location(s), to editing the footage the way I want the story to be told. Being able to create my own work is a freedom, but it’s also scary. Some people will like my stories, others won’t. But, at the end of the day, if I feel accomplished, it’s the best feeling ever!
What have you gained by creating your own work; on the flip side, what challenges have you faced?
By creating my own work, I have gained more confidence as as writer and as an actress. On the flip side, being the writer, producer, casting director, lead actor, and co-director of my own projects has sometimes been very overwhelming and challenging. Choosing the right team to work with is as important as writing a great story!
What do you think is the most important skill for a creator building his/her career from scratch?
In my opinion, the most important skill for a creator building his/her career from scratch is persistence. If you’re passionate and talented, you will, eventually, build a career. But you also need luck and good timing, so persistence is very helpful!
What project are you proudest of?
I’m proudest of my crime web series because it was the first project I wrote and starred in. I was the only producer and I did everything on my own with no experience. Looking back, there are many things that I would do differently but I have no regrets. I learned a lot from my mistakes.
The sixth “question”: Plugs, please!
I’m currently looking for producers/network executives who would be interested in buying my crime series’ story and my feature film screenplay (fantasy/romance/thriller). I’m also producing my third short film and writing my fourth novel.