We had the good fortune of connecting with Noree Victoria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noree, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was born into a family of entrepreneurs. Back in Baltimore, from childhood, I watched my family build candy stores, restaurants, real estate holdings, home improvement businesses, and more. I was born into the pedagogy that self-sufficiency is the ultimate goal, and that there’s no sacrifice more noble than making an attempt to take charge of your family’s future. My dad led that charge for us. I grew up watching the wins, losses, triumphs, and long-haul marathons of people who knew what it meant to gamble on oneself in the face of everything from recessions to discrimination. No matter the odds, every idea you had followed with incorporation, an accountant, and an attorney.
I started Last Born Productions to house all aspects of my career in storytelling. Although I’d previously held other businesses in other fields, my introduction to this industry came via acting. Expansion was on the horizon from the beginning as I’ve always been drawn to what gears are turning under the hood of a thing. When I started directing and producing, and when other producers began expressing interest in screenplays I penned, it was just time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of letting the work stand. Trusting in that, and only that. I am grateful that my journey has been led solely by curiosity and authentic enthusiasm. I am also grateful that despite the often unseen toil, I love what I do so much that the work exists within a state of inner ease. Peace, curiosity, and passion rule me. Internal entities, all within my control. None is present without the other. I came into the business of storytelling already forged in fire in other areas of life, so there isn’t a whole lot that rattles me. In this groundedness, I’ve been able to move around at my own pace and in spaces that are symbiotic. There are no gimmicks. No grandly curated entrances or exits. No exasperation.
As of today, I am in post-production on a feature I directed called “An Arrangement” (formerly known as “Violet”, written by Helen Shang), I just wrapped starring in a thriller titled “Blossom” with an air date of January 2023, have a television series that I wrote in development with Global Genesis Group, have an overseas voice-over career that allows me to work/play flexibly and with anonymity, am developing a music-centric kid’s show about empathy and climate change, am on the Board of Directors of NFMLA (NewFilmmakers Los Angeles), was recently submitted for Emmy consideration for ‘Outstanding Leading Actress in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie’ by the producers of a film called “Unfinished” that aired in March on BET+, and I am in the home stretch of my master certificate in screenwriting – workshopping a script that has already been requested by a production company.
This can sound like a lot, but believe it or not, I make sure to thoroughly enjoy every moment of this journey. I maintain a balance of work and play, and I don’t do anything that I don’t want to do. I come from a multi-task-oriented background, majoring in Biology and Writing, a minor in African Studies, a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology. Again, driven by pure curiosity. And because I am a multi-tasker, loving everything I do is essential. I wouldn’t be able to maintain if I disliked any of this – if it didn’t bring peace along with the passion. I walk away from things I dislike.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m heavily into nature and enjoy intimate activities much more than large group outings. A perfect week would be hanging out with one, or two people max, who have endless convo game. We’d get take-out from Tocaya Organica (can’t get enough of vegan Mexican cuisine) and head to one of several hidden beach coves I’ve discovered right outside of L.A. We’d rent bicycles another day and cruise to eat at Sage Bistro in Echo Park or Home in Silverlake. The next day, we could hit the rooftop pool at the Ace hotel at a non-peak hour and order their veggie platter. After dark, we could night-hike and stargaze one of the canyons (I have an uncanny knack for spotting meteor showers and shooting stars.). To wrap up the week, we’d peruse Leimert Park on a Sunday for the culture. Buy some books. When I lived in Baltimore, I’d shut the clubs down. Throw parties that I’d need to write apology letters to my neighbors for later. I also wasn’t in entertainment then, nor absorbing as much of the environment as I am now. I’m really lowkey with it these days and I adore people who are truly present – and who can keep a time & place among ourselves. As a golden rule, we shy away from snapping pictures of most things we do. I find that many moments are too special for public consumption. “Be here”… That’s embroidered on my yoga mat.
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’d like to dedicate this Shoutout to my father, Norman. The man who gave me my name and my audacity. Mr. “They Can’t Kill Me & I Won’t Die”!
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