We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhea Solanki and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhea, what are you inspired by?
Growing up an only child I was always left to my own devices and so I quickly found way to entertain myself. My most favorite pastime was reading. I’m a complete bookworm! This love for reading grew into a love for storytelling and an appreciation for how powerful storytelling is. Stories have the power to transcend time, culture, and age. They can transport you to different worlds, have you live different lives and last with you forever. No matter the medium, wether a book, a film or just orally told, stories can have lasting impact. I constantly find myself inspired by stories and the power of storytelling! I believe in how storytelling can really shift narratives, inspire people and create change.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a production designer my job is to design the visual world of the film! A good set not only supports the story but also helps to tell it. As a designer I have always believed “story is king” and try to make my designs reflect different aspects of the story I am trying to tell. I’m constantly striving to create spaces that are authentic to the story and the characters. My background in theatre really taught me to focus on visual storytelling and how physical spaces can guide actors performances. I’m excited to continue growing in the industry, learning new skills and continuing to work on projects that I’m passionate about.
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.
Visit Griffith Observatory at night to see the city lights Visit Laguna Beach
Visit a rooftop restaurant/bar, like Perch or Terra
Visit the Huntington gardens
Have a bonfire on the beach
Drive along the PCH Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people who have helped along my journey and continue to do so! However my most constant pillars of support have always been my mum and dad. They have been my mentors, sounding boards, helping hands and so much more!