We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Vicunia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had been an actress in Los Angeles getting called in, mostly, for many stereotypical roles when I decided to create my own content. In that process I created my production company LIBARI PICTURES, now THAT GIRL PRODUCTIONS. It started as an outlet to show my potential in regular roles and not one-dimensional characters only but then I realized my love for storytelling. I began to realize the power we have as the creators of stories and not just the performers. Since then I have explored several ways of storytelling: short films, web series, branded content, commercials, documentaries and stop-motion. I believe in learning by “doing”, making mistakes and creating more. I believe life sends you signs when you’re in the right path, here have been mine: – I won AT&T’s Best Underrepresented Filmmaker Award for ‘Stereotyped’ in a ceremony at WB Studios in Los Angeles – I won AT&T’s Best Movie made with a mobile device for ‘Something is Off’ – I have a Certificate of Recognition from City of Los Angeles for my documentary ‘Home’ – I was granted a scholarship for a cohort of ‘Women in Comedy’ for my series ‘Stereotyped’ – I have made Branded Content/Commercials for Nutella, Proactiv, DC Comics, Doritos, etc. – I have spoken at Youtube Space, AT&T and Women In Comedy to young latinas about taking charge of our narratives
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart is that I write of personal experience and that makes my content unique. When you write from the heart and experience, your stories become relatable because we all go through similar things in life. Details may differ but the main theme is there. I’ve enjoyed the journey and surprised myself! I believe in constant learning and that is how you reach the next step in every endeavor! The biggest challenge was believing myself that this was possible, sometimes we are our biggest enemies or obstacles. I definitely learnt about affirmations, visualization and perseverance in the Women in Comedy cohort and Jen Sincero books. I would love the world to know that women stories matter, that latino/hispanic characters are rich and have interesting stories to tell and to be an ally/door opener to other creators like me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s see: I get visitors from Europe, where I’m from and they usually want more culturally charged experiences. I try to mix fun and culture so: – The Getty Museum for the views and amazing art – The Last Bookstore in DTLA – Shakespeare by the park – Day trip to Del Mar and San Diego, see some sea lions tanning and have a boat ride and see Navy Army boats – Venice Beach to skateboard and enjoy the fun Californian vibes – Hike to Hollywood Sign as it always seems to impress my guests – Echo park/Lake Balboa park for a fun picnic or day out – Santa Barbara for the spanish vibes (I’m from Spain!) and missions – Yamashiro in Hollywood for the views and sushi – Smorgasburg because it’s a fun food truck experience with every food type available – Roscoes and Diner for the American Breakfast experience – The Abbey for a super fun night out – The Bungalow for drinks and games night Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to recognize: – Victoria Elena Nones for her inspiration ad the leader of the Women in Comedy cohort – Jen Sincero and her books “You’re a badass” and “You’re a badass at Making Money” – Abraham Hicks and her amazing conversations – Recently, Erica Wernick “Hollywood Success Coach” for her podcast and Energetic Reset