Meet Lea Pfändler: producer, actress, and above all storyteller. Her most recent creation is the bilingual film A Cycle, produced though her company LeaPVision Productions. You can find out more about Lea at her professional website. Follow Lea @leapfandler, @leapvision and @acyclemovie.
1. Who are you, and what do you do?
I am a story teller. I started out being an actor for many years, but have created and written my own stories since early childhood. I have now come back to what I did when I was a child by writing and creating my own content and work as I am now writing and producing my own material. I am also tapping into the filmmaking area. I would now describe myself as a multi-hyphenate.
2. #CreateYourOwnWork: what does that mean for you?
Creating my own work and content means not only empowerment, but also being able to share my voice. It means going back to the way origins of my soul and who I am and have always been. It also means to not wait for something to happen, especially as an actor, but to ‘just do it’ myself. My Production Company LeaPVision Productions is exactly about that. It encourages to take a leap of faith by ‘just doing it’ and making your unique vision a reality. www.leapvisionproductions.com
3. What have you gained by creating your own work; on the flip side, what challenges have you faced?
I have gained confidence and self-worth, being much, much happier, and telling the stories that I want to tell and think are important to put out there. It means getting my voice heard, getting my visions seen. I have always felt strongly about that since early childhood. I feel like I now do what I’m meant to do in life. I have met amazing new people on the way, built wonderful relationships, learned so very much in so many, amazing ways, and I don’t feel like I’m waiting for things anymore, because I am doing them myself. And how it so often goes, things started happening for me, almost miraculously, without ‘trying so hard’. Things really shifted for me, in every respect. I am now, of course, facing other challenges, such as learning completely new aspects of that ‘other side’ in terms of filmmaking. The challenge of getting all my projects funded is a big one. But this is all very exciting for me and I am so eager to learn, I soak it all up like a sponge.
4. What do you think is the most important skill for a creator building his/her career from scratch?
I would say it’s utterly important and vital to having a strong vision and doing everything possible to making it happen. To not be afraid, but to take that leap of faith and to just do it! It’s being a self-motivated person, being a do-er. It’s being open and flexible to learn and to be persistent about your projects. Being a great collaborator, a team player and kind to people is a must. I also believe in being kind and gentle to yourself on that journey. Things might not be perfect when you’re starting out on new territories, but it’s a start and you learn as you go. Don’t be afraid. Learning by doing.
5. Which project of yours are you proudest of?
Of course, my first short film ‘A Cycle’, in collaboration with the wonderful Géraldine Dulex, I’m very proud of. The subject matter means so much to me, it is my first short film and I am very proud of having achieved what we achieved. But what I will be the most proud of, I believe, is my ‘baby’ STORMS IN LONDON (working title) It’s a period drama about a woman breaking out of society she feels stuck and misunderstood in, to dare to be who she truly is. It is based on a feature script I wrote when I was 13 years old, which meant the world to me then and still does to this day. I am picking it up again now. This film means everything to me, as that is when it basically began, that I started creating my own work.