We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Pietersz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is interchangeable with opportunity in my perspective. Artistic careers and the pursuit of any creative endeavor, especially as an indie producer are super risky. You have to be taking chances and trust that your effort will take shape in the form of tangible success. Many times with artistic pursuits, there aren’t any set paths. You learn through experimentation what works and what doesn’t. Risk taking really has been the base of my career and it has led me to take many adventures.. Some have been full of joy and others have been painful lessons, but the only real constant has been risk. You never know until you try. I hope to continue expanding my capacity with each new challenge I tackle and look back 70 years from now with no regrets because I tried everything and lived life full out.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My greatest accomplishment so far has been having my daughter. She has inspired my growth in unimaginable ways. I completed a solo animated pilot called The Dhust. I started the project when she was 4 months old without any prior knowledge of animation and only the love of drawing. With my wild ideas and overflowing enthusiasm, I was able to build a small team of creative individuals comprised of an amazing screenwriter, Matt Fernandez, a producer who supported and attended every meeting Andrew H. Eriquez, a couple of voiceover actors, Eric Howell Sharp and Avalon Penrose, and a sound scorer Julie McCarthy. The animation process took 9 months with a newborn baby on my breast, and has now been selected to 3 film festivals (so far!) including Kids First! Film and Video Festival, Lift-Off LA, and War of Films. Our team couldn’t be happier! I grew up singing, acting, and dancing on stage while drawing off stage. After moving to LA at 17, I fell in love with animation and production because it truly encompasses all areas of the arts. It hasn’t been an easy journey and it has taken many twists and turns from acting and auditioning on film to a mural in Long Beach and now animation and production, the adventures have been endless. The ability to keep an open mind, experiment, and stay persistent are my greatest assets. Keep up with me through my youtube channel Art With Bianca where I share these lessons through art and motherhood motivation.
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?
Oh man, I don’t want to spill the beans on my favorite secret locations, but there are some phenomenal spots in downtown LA that are definitely must-gos! We would start with dinner at this hole in the wall spot called The Black Sheep and head next door to the Varnish for drinks. Without saying too much, it’s a back room in an unlikely location where you are transported to the 20s. It has live music a delicious signature cocktails. From there we could walk down to RedLine for a fun drag show or head to Two Bit Circus for a night of leading edge high tech fun. You.can’t go wrong with any of these!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like give credit to my mother Alicia Martin-Hirsel. A doctor and single mother who has always beat to the rhythm of her own drum. For the past 2 years, and against all odds, she has been teaching ultrasound to the doctors of Haiti, traveling from one village to the next to end child and mother mortality and improve the infrastructure of the country’s healthcare system through the Caris Foundation. The service they are doing for the world is immeasurable and I just hope to be able to touch as many lives as she has in her time on this planet. She taught me to always follow my heart and to pursue my passions. I owe her everything.