We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Boss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, what matters most to you?
Integrity and an enthusiasm for collaboration. I started my production company Uprooted Films because I am not only a passionate artist who loves storytelling, but I am in love with the process of finding other brilliant minds who are as passionate as I am to collaborate with.
For example, with my first short “I Propose We Break Up” which is currently in post-production, I had created the story on the page which was the first step, but then after bringing together an incredible cast and crew, we took it to the next level and created magic. I value creating relationships in the industry that are authentic with artists and professionals that work with integrity. Integrity to me means a few things. Of course a person who is honest and trustworthy but also someone who upholds themselves to a high standard as a professional, who works with a positive attitude and who brings their absolute best each day. From my experience, true artists who love what they do, understand that bringing their best as well as an openness to collaborate with others is the recipe for success.
All the way from the pre-production through the post-production process, everyone who has worked on “I Propose We Break Up” has brought their own little bit of magic. It is a story that I am so excited to share and it gives me so much joy every time I watch it and reminisce about our incredible team who worked so seamlessly through the shoot because we all felt valued for our contributions.
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.
Acting will forever be my first love. Growing up I moved around a lot and the theatre was my safe haven to express myself and find a grounding home. The experience of being in an expat family was monumental in my journey and growth as an artist. Like many theatre kids, I struggled fitting in at school, making friends and finding myself, but the theatre allowed me to find comfort in an ever changing, unpredictable world. It’s why the stories I write often involve the protagonist finding their voice and the beauty in their unique selves. I care about inspiring others to be their unapologetic, authentic selves whilst embracing the duality of the light and dark in life. The vulnerability it takes to remove our social masks and step forward as who we truly are is the kind of growth we need to heal and the hero’s journey I love telling.
Writing my autobiographical solo show “Uprooted” (Dir. Jessica Lynn Johnson) which premiered at SOLOFEST 2019 and had a successful run at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival was a game-changer for me. In Uprooted, fantastical characters of my inner world take the audience on a flight back in time to all the destinations I lived growing up in hopes of helping me find home. The show covers themes of finding home, social anxiety, eating disorders/recovery, bullying and finding your voice. It was pivotal in my growth as a writer and performer. I am so very proud of this show and the experience of its creation fueled my expansion into writing and producing. Telling my story in this way was incredibly healing and paved the way for me to boldly take steps forward in my career.
After writing, producing and performing “Uprooted” I felt a call to write my film “I Propose We Break Up.” “I Propose We Break Up” is about a Social Media Influencer, Clara, who’s dreams come true when she finally gets engaged, but when her real-estate mogul fiance gets cold-feet after her dream proposal, wedding-obsessed Clara embarks on a personal journey unravelling the filters that have kept her from ever truly choosing herself. I call this film a self-love romantic comedy. I was a huge fan of early 2000 rom-coms, but what’s missing in those stories is that as beautiful as love is and can be, the most important thing is to find true validation by loving yourself. The film has an incredible cast of versatile artists that bring the story to life. Our Director Alyssa Carroll did an amazing job facilitating the ideal actor-director relationship onset while bringing the vision to life and our Cinematographer Michelle Kwong captured this story in such a stunningly beautiful way. We had almost an entirely female crew which was also super exciting. It just happened by chance!
I started my production company Uprooted Films and “I Propose We Break Up” will be our first film. We are currently in post-production with plans to submit to festivals this year. Producing this film, I found my calling. I not only was in such bliss performing on set but adored every moment of the production process. I loved hiring our incredible cast/crew and am so proud of the magic we all felt on our shoot days and how that is reflected in the product. I can’t wait to be able to share the film!
On the note of challenges, just know that challenges will always come along. But it’s so important to keep moving forward. Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your artistic dreams because you owe it to yourself to never give up! I’m so happy that every time I felt discouraged, I picked myself right back up and got to work 🙂 And I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved so far! I’ve got big plans and this is just the beginning!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Little Tokyo and the Arts District is a must. There are so many cute shops! I love hiking the different trails around LA with my friends too! Also the Alcove brunch spot in Los Feliz is fantastic as well as any Urth Cafe! I’m also a huge Boba fan and love going to Ding Tea in Hollywood. It’s the best!
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?
Wow. I have SO MANY people that I would love to dedicate this shoutout to. First and foremost my acting coach Craig Archibald at The Archibald Studio who has been a huge influence on my creative career, he empowered me to grow from an actor to a filmmaker. Secondly, the entire cast and crew of my upcoming film “I Propose We Break Up” who were monumental in bringing my dreams for the film to life. Please check out our film’s IMDB to see the full list of incredible people! Our Director Alyssa Carroll and Cinematographer Michelle Kwong were an absolute dream team. Music producer, IPWBU composer, sound editor extraordinaire and my love, Mikeldi Murguia, who inspires me on a daily basis to constantly push and grow as an artist. All of my amazing Emerson College professors and mentor Megan Hayes. Also all of my friends and family who have constantly raised me up and believed in me!
Instagram: @vanessaboss_actor, @iproposewebreakup
Images feature select cast & crew onset “I Propose We Break Up”, a film by Uprooted Films: Vanessa Boss (Actor, Writer, Executive Producer), Alyssa Carroll (Director), Michelle Kwong (Cinematographer) and cast members: Glenn Stanton, Jennifer Ashley Snow, Eliana Rubin and Alyssa Padia.