We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I don’t remember ever wanting to do anything else; it was always going to be storytelling. I did try out other avenues just in case I was actually meant to be a paleontologist or something, but nothing else fit right, so it was an easy choice. It’s not that I didn’t realize how hard it would be, but I think you have to allow yourself to be in denial at least a little bit about how competitive it is. If you don’t, you might drown in self-doubt and practicality. There’s the occasional guilt that comes in, telling me that I should be doing something more useful to society, but then I think about what most people do in their free time: consume art/entertainment, and I remember how badly we need creatives. Art makes life enjoyable. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that process?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a writer/director/video editor. I moved out to LA in 2015 for film school and since graduating I’ve worked in various capacities in the film industry: in post houses, on set, and working freelance gigs as a video editor/script editor, all the while, working on my own projects. It hasn’t been a straightforward path. I’ve had plenty of setbacks/rejections, times I seriously thought about leaving LA and doing something completely different, but whenever I thought about leaving, I would always find a reason to stay.
I am passionate about creating work that is emotionally resonant and love collaborating with other filmmakers. Currently, I’m in post-production for my short film, “The Last Dog On Earth,” an apocalyptic drama, and am also working on writing the feature version.
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?
When I’m in downtown LA, I have to go to The Last Bookstore, followed by a trip to Grand Central Market and eating lunch in Pershing Square. It’s a great place to just watch the city go by. For visiting the ocean, Zuma Beach is one of my favorite spots, it’s really beautiful and not too crowded. And I’m a big fan of coffee shops/bakeries after a long hike, so whenever I’m in Chatsworth I’ll go to Rocky Peak and follow that up with a stop at Mini’s Boba and Croissants.
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 thank Shola Adewusi for her encouragement and consistently placing her trust in me. She’s a wonderful actress/singer/writer/producer and always has time to help out other artists making their way. Her generous spirit and infectious positivity is a key part of how far I’ve come.
Ryan Biel Marco Garcia Lisa Mamazza Amelia Roberts