We had the good fortune of connecting with Rakefet Abergel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rakefet, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never felt like I had any other choice. It definitely wasn’t the money making route, but from when I was very little the things that brought me happiness were always creative. I loved to dance and sing and act and make my own videos. I wish I had access to something like Tik Tok or YouTube when I was younger, I’d have millions of followers by now!! That was the only piece that was missing. How do I get people to see what I’ve created? Now that I’m older and have venues for my work, it makes it all the more worthwhile. I always tell my acting class students that if there is something else they would LOVE to do, DO THAT. Because this is a hard road with a lot of rejection and if you don’t love it, it’s not worth it. If you can see yourself doing anything else, choose that. I think artists are people who have never found anything that spoke to their soul in the same way and refuse to settle for something that doesn’t speak to them at all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started making short films a few years ago because I was tired of being pigeon holed as ONLY a comedic actress. I began writing the kinds of roles I wanted to play and even though I had no idea how to make a movie, I did whatever was necessary to figure out how to make it happen. Being an actress in the industry for many years exposed me to professional tv and film sets, so I had a basic idea of what goes on. I even went to film school! But it was still a struggle. My biggest advice is to surround yourself with people who know more than you and are willing to mentor you through the process. And you should be willing to do the same for someone else when the time comes! I’ve also learned that not everyone is always rooting for you. Some people will hate you just because you are successful. And that’s okay. That means you’re doing something right. I made two award-winning shorts, Jax in Love and Boo, and found that despite the haters, there are many many good and supportive people out there who just want to see you succeed. Especially in the indie horror community, I’ve found that other filmmakers will go above and beyond to promote your projects and to support your crowdfunding and your screenings, and I try to do the same for others as well. I never in a million years thought I’d be making horror movies. I was always (and still am for the most part) very scared to watch scary movies. I was never big on Halloween or haunted houses. But here I am, a woman in horror and honestly I feel like I’ve found the community of people I have been searching for my whole life. The outcasts and the weirdos and the people who were teased as a kid. Those are my people. I’m one of them.
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?
Currently with COVID restrictions, that would be really hard to do! But pre-COVID I always love taking people to Venice Beach to see the sights. I love driving up to the Hollywood sign. If my nieces from Israel visit, I love to take them to Disneyland. Seeing it through a child’s eyes makes it all new and shiny again. I love to find houses that belonged to famous people and do a little star maps tour. I would happily take newcomers to LA to my favorite restaurant, Gilbert’s El Indio in Santa Monica !! Fresh, authentic homemade Mexican food. The best in LA! And a place that makes you feel at home.
There’s so much to do in LA, a week would never be enough to even scratch the surface of things to do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support of my parents. They have been there every step of the way, and even when they might have preferred me to go into something a little more stable than the movie business, they have never stood in my way of pursuing my dreams. In fact, they have always actively helped me whether it was catering for my films or helping me on set or giving me use of their property to film my shorts. They always paid for acting classes and shlepped me to dance classes, choir class, and play rehearsals. Without their financial support at times, I may have had to give up. But they have always made it possible for me to continue to pursue my dreams. And I believe they are my biggest cheerleaders.
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