We had the good fortune of connecting with Treya Bolin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Treya, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I think of risks the first thing that comes to my mind is blind faith and supreme confidence. It’s like going into a tunnel and not knowing what’s on the other side, or a fork in the road where you can either decide to go left or right, or like in the movie, The Matrix when Neo had to decide to take the red pill or blue pill. Each of these examples are all choices that a person has to eventually make. Everything can be a risk if you think about it in that way however I’ve changed my entire frame of thinking when it comes to taking on risks and that’s just having an incredible amount of blind faith and supreme confidence. Those two things have played a major part in my life/career when it comes to achieving my goals. Once I decide what my goals are, even though I may not know exactly how I’m going to achieve them I still prepare and make space in my life for those goals to arrive. By doing this I’ve put myself into a receptive space to receive my blessings each time and every time I carry the attitude that something positive is going to come throughout the journey and until the very end.
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’m a Producer & Director. What I’m most proud of is that I’m able to tell stories in a visually appealing way. I work on different types of projects but I truly find joy highlighting other peoples stories. I love telling stories of artists, music artists, athletes, brands and more. Documentaries, docu-series those are truly my favorite projects to work on because I enjoy doing the research behind the scenes and adding my vision in an artistic way to showcase their story. I got in this profession because I was always passionate about storytelling at a very young age (12-13 y.o.). I was always watching movies and documentaries with my father and I don’t mean Disney movies, we were watching classic films by filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and John Singleton. These films that I was watching at a young age were and still are today required films that college professors make their students watch however I was so intrigued by the stories, the music, the pacing, and the way they were shot. Most importantly I loved the lessons. After my father and I would watch these movies he’d quiz me on what the overall message the director wanted to get across or why a scene was filmed in a certain way. My love for media-film, theatre, and tv continued in the 8th grade, I was always a part of visual arts, multimedia, and even the theatre club working behind the scenes. When I took TV Production in the 9th grade that’s when I knew for sure I wanted to attend a University to become a Director. I want people to know that I got to where I am in my profession because I’ve always been passionate. I never strayed away from what I truly wanted to do. I’ve always wanted this and through faith, confidence, patience, consistency and most importantly persistence that is why I’m doing what I love as my profession. To old/close friends or people that have known me in High School/College, where I am in my career today is not too much of a surprise. Visual storytelling has always been in my heart.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever we’d spend time in the city. I’d take them to Harlem we’d go to one of my favorite restaurants that’s on 139th and Amsterdam it’s called Fumo. They make really great Italian food, my favorite dish is their Shrimp Rigatoni Gamberi. I love the overall vibe and aesthetic, the way the inside of the restaurant looks during the day and even at night, looks amazing. You can eat inside or outside on a hot summer day. Also, there’s other restaurants/eateries nearby, we could walk over to the park (Riverbank State Park) or hop on the train go downtown to Soho to shop. We’d stop by some of my my favorite stores, shop for sneakers, grab some lunch at Ruby’s Cafe, go to Kith to get some ice cream. In LA I’d take my best friend to the Grove to visit or shop. A really dope restaurant I’ve been to is called Met Her At A Bar on S La Brea Ave, they have really good Belgium waffles, COD Seafood House if we’re in the mood for some seafood would for a late lunch and N10 restaurant is also another great spot that serves really good Italian food. It’s a great night time restaurant to visit if you’re hungry and want an upscale vibe. Places to shop I’d say anywhere in the Fairfax district and Melrose, I’m really into streetwear fashion and sneakers, We’d have an awesome time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to God, myself and my family. There’s a lot of work that I’ve done on my own spiritually and with God for me to even make it this far in life and throughout my career. When it comes to my immediate family (mom, dad, brother) – they’ve always been very supportive of my goals.