We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexia Garcia del Rio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexia, what inspires you?
Ever since I was a child, I firmly believed in speaking out, standing against injustice and sharing my truth. I am inspired by change, evolution, openness and the ideals of freedom and equality. I want to be able to spread my message through the use of art, in my case, through filmmaking. Social awareness advocacy is my passion, since I grew up in a third world country, in which most of the population lives in extreme poverty. I want to generate change within the people and for the people, and I want to share my inspiration and power through my films and stories. The latest short film I did touches upon mental health and mental disorders, which I believe are equally important to touch upon and expose. Before that, I have shot films in the Argentinian slums, in which my life was in danger while filming, and I have shot films that talk about love and unity between communities and religions. So what am I inspired by? I guess by courage, by not being afraid of what others my think, by fighting for a cause you strongly believe in and by never giving up on your passion and dreams.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a direct representation of my passions, deepest fears, dreams and nightmares. As said before, I aspire to expose what I see around me that needs exposure and what needs to be outspoken, as well as what I love creatively and artistically. It wasn’t easy to get where I am today professionally. It was after years of sacrifice, personal and professional, that I got the experience and trust in myself and from other people, that got me to be the Director and Manager of the post production department at a production company in Los Angeles. I had started out as an Associate Producer, and after only 8 months on the role, I was promoted. Many of the challenges I faced include leaving Argentina five years ago, my family, friends and everything I thought I knew, to come to Los Angeles alone at 19 and start a life for myself here. People look at your life from the outside and it can sure look glamorous and successful, but no one takes into consideration how much you’ve left behind, how many nights you’ve cried yourself to sleep, in order to be who and where you are today. In my personal struggle, I came from a family in which people don’t just leave Argentina, and even less so at such a young age and to pursue an artistic career. My family and circles are pretty conservative, especially in regards to a professional career, so it took me a while to stand up for myself and know that when it is your passion that motivates you, no one can stop you. That would be the biggest pice of advice I can give someone. Everyone can be brave with tomorrow’s newspaper, once you know how it will all turn out, but it is in the unknown, in that strength of walking through and against many, believing in yourself above all, that you will find your voice. I have learnt many things in my years here, one being professionalism is one of the most important qualities you can possess. Knowing what to say where and when, and that your reputation will always proceed you, took me a while to figure out. Always be accountable and be someone people can depend on, this will get you far. You should know you will have to start from the bottom to make your way up, and that’s okay, you don’t have to rush the process. Believe in yourself, trust the process, make connections and find the people that share your voice and passions. Oh, and never settle.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s a tough one, I don’t know if one day could make this place justice, but I’ll try. I would start in the morning with a hike in the mountains, and to the Griffith observatory. I would then have brunch at the Getty Museum and walk around the gardens, exploring some of the best exhibits. After that I would go to the beach, probably starting at Venice beach and walking all the way to the Santa Monica pier. Falling the afternoon I would go to Downtown LA to visit some of the best local breweries and walk around some of my favorite streets there. One of my last stops would be Hollywood boulevard, where I would have dinner and take the tour through the Chinese Theatre and the stars on the ground. After that, go to an amazing speak easy called No Vacancy, and wait until after the show to leave. I would then go to La Descarga to dance off all the drinks with some salsa music and latino flavor.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to The New York Film Academy, for all they’ve taught me and how far I’ve come today. I also have to, and always will have to, eternally thank my mom for everything she has done for me. She believed in my passion for film, my passion for telling stories, when no one else did. Argentina is a pretty conservative country, and the circle I grew up with was no exception. But my mom is an example of someone that never cared about social rules and standards, she taught me to always be true to myself, break all my barriers and never fear the unknown. I guess I owe a shout out to the film “The Wall” by Pink Floyd, since I would not be as in love with art and film as I am today if I hadn’t seen that film as a kid. It was and continues to be a very big source of inspiration, not only in art, but in life as well.
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