We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Airoldi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alice, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I grew up thinking that if you weren’t sacrificing any of your free time and personal life to further your career, you weren’t working hard enough. Studying media arts in college reinforced this belief for me, as it is a field of study that many would consider less of a “real career” than more traditional ones. This leads students to push themselves ever harder to prove that they are working just as hard as everyone else. I learned over time that a life that doesn’t leave space for personal developments, time with loved ones, or leisure activities, is not something I want. I am lucky to be working in a field I am extremely passionate about, but this makes it harder to “log off” and completely disconnect on my days off. I now value my time off and protect it dearly by constantly evaluating whether it has enough space in my day to day life. If my partner, family, and friends have to fight for my time and attention, it’s an indication that I need to make some changes. If I’ve been putting off doing something that is just for myself, whether it is personal care, watching a certain movie while it’s still in theaters, or finishing the book I’ve been reading, I stop and re-evaluate what is taking up my time and what I need to change. I found that this approach makes me more energetic and creative in my work and makes me feel more in control of and satisfied with my life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Looking back, I am most proud of how I have always taken on big projects without letting fear hold me back. No one in my family works in the entertainment industry or the arts and I grew up far away from this world, so I didn’t really have a model to look up to in that sense. On top of that, filmmaking is truly an area where you can only learn by doing, so throwing myself into projects head first is the best way that I have grown in my craft. A good example of this is The Same Story, a short film I wrote and directed set in the late sixties. The film itself is about the friendship between the three main characters slowly falling apart, and many people around me at the time had suggested that I set the film in modern times instead to simplify the production. But I also wanted to talk about themes connected with fighting for a cause you believe in and drawing the line between right and wrong when fighting against injustices, and I knew that that time period would be perfect for this. With the help of a film grant and the support of some amazing mentors, my crew and I got the film done and I couldn’t be more proud of how it came out.
When choosing a project to work on I am always looking for underrepresented stories that we haven’t seen before, and that’s the case with the documentary that I recently served as a producer on, Fronteiras. Fronteiras is an experimental documentary exploring the burden of an immigrant looking for a place to call home, it was all shot on film and we raised $22.000 through crowdfunding to produce it. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate with some great artists and working on it was really cathartic (the whole key crew was made of immigrants), as it gave us the opportunity to think about what being an immigrant meant to us. I recently also got the opportunity to work as an editor on Kestrin Pantera’s third feature film, Pretty Problems. It’s a comedy and I absolutely fell in love with the story, I can’t wait for it to be released and to share it with the world! As for the future I am looking forward to work on more projects as an editor and learn more about post production, which was truly my first love in filmmaking.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is constantly changing and evolving, so I find that static lists don’t do it justice and would need to constantly change to reflect what’s happening in the city. At the same time, LA is so big that I take everyone in different places depending on their personalities and taste. However, I have recently visited for the first time the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s a unique site in the world and contains over 3 million fossils from the Ice Age, which really puts humans’ existence in perspective. Another one of my favorite spots in LA has to be the Getty Museum. I have visited many museums and art galleries around the world but this one truly stands out. For food, I would recommend someone to find the most interesting small restaurants in one of LA’s ethic neighborhoods and discover a new cuisine. At the end of the day I would take my guest somewhere in the Valley. I know it gets a bad rep as a boring place where there’s nothing interesting to do, but it’s the best place to watch the light change on the mountains as the sun sets, which is always a breathtaking sight. Extra points if you witness it from one of the many viewpoints in Griffith Park like the Wisdom Tree or Griffith Observatory.

Website: https://www.aliceairoldi.com/

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Image Credits
Jesse Pamintuan, Spencer Smith, Arianna Culbertson

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