We had the good fortune of connecting with Fiona Lincke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fiona, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson owning my own production company has taught me is that it is a very small world. Actually, I have always known this, but you really experience it when you venture out on your own with your business endeavor(s). Someone you work with will know someone else you have worked with. You’ll be across the world and meet someone on the London tube who has worked with you. You’ll be at the Hollywood Bowl and someone will shout out your name and everyone will look to see who is yelling out your name… and then when you acknowledge your name being called (because they won’t stop screaming it out until you do); all will look to see who acknowledges the name being called. (Turns out the kid was in my classroom ten years ago and just wanted to say “Hi” to me and wouldn’t stop until he knew that I knew who he was! Too funny, but this and many more incidences have happened to me like this.
Very serious advice… be kind, be professional and be honest. There’s too many people out there that aren’t. Don’t be one of them!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m in the movie-making business and my production company, Rip Roarer Productions, founded in 2017 by me! I quickly recruited Frank J. Dion and Gavin X. Clement to be a part of our production company. So far, we’ve made three award-winning films: THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING MORE (Written & Directed by Fiona Lincke, Produced by Frank J. Dion & Fiona Lincke); ON THE EDGE OF REALITY (Written & Directed by Frank J. Dion; Produced by Fiona Lincke & Frank J. Dion); and COVERT ACTIVITY (Written & Directed by Fiona Lincke; Produced by Frank J. Dion & Fiona Lincke). Our next movies are: Animation short THE FIRST OF MANY… (Written & Directed by Fiona Lincke; Produced by Frank J. Dion & Fiona Lincke) and UN-NAMED SHORT (Written & Directed by Frank J. Dion; Produced by Fiona Lincke & Frank J. Dion). Gavin X. Clement is our Associate Producer/Producer and is our computer guru. For the animation feature, I’m doing the animation drawing and editing. It’s a big step, but it’s coming along and what a perfect time to work on it, during a pandemic; if there is indeed a positive side to this terrible chapter that can only get better?!
What sets us apart from others is nothing that any other hardworking production company doesn’t do. We do it all; and when we don’t know how to do something, we listen and learn so we may get it done in a timely manner! We got to where we are today by hard work, including trial and error. We always believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. A nice bright light!
Our motto: “If you can do it, so can I” and this is summed up by quoting St. Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and then suddenly you are doing the impossible.” That’s us!
We want the world to know we’re here and we count; so do other folks, as well. Our thoughts, our feelings; what we consider important; we hope you would think is important, too, and we’ll express this in movie format.
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?
My best friend is visiting my area and I want to show them the best time ever! These are places I would take them (due to the pandemic, my priorities have changed a bit!): Disneyland… can’t deny Star Wars. We all need to have fun once again with no barriers. Just go nuts and have fun on the rides, especially the Indiana Jones ride; eating at any of their restaurants for a quiet break. Next day… Malibu to watch the dolphins at sunset having drinks and dinner at Duke’s. Next day… dinner at Pace, Laurel Canyon after a hike to the Hollywood sign. Next day… Universal Studios… make sure to take them on the studio tour (really fabulous!); then rides and their choice of eatery there. Next day… Griffith Park Observatory… fantastic space stuff. Spend the day there and then have dinner at Tower Bar in West Hollywood. Born and raised here… we have it all! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to say that with my film production company, I have to do a MAJOR shoutout to my Mom and Dad. They raised me and I took in every bit of their information/advice they gave me. Maybe I didn’t use it right at the time they were giving it to me (!!!), but I remember it and use it now. I hope they know that I do that now! My faith tells me that they know. I also have to acknowledge all the people (good and bad) that have left an impression on my life thus far. I have learned so much and my invisible warning light comes up if something is not good; my inner light shines brightly when it is good. I still have so much more to learn in life and I’m a willing student. An incredible woman, Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” I hope I’m doing that.
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