#RealWorldArt: Producer/Actor Rebecca De Ornelas.

1 Aug
This month's subject is our pal Rebecca De Ornelas. You can watch her in Multiverse right now.

This month’s #RealWorldArt subject is our pal Rebecca De Ornelas. You can watch her in Multiverse right now.


Whenever I read about artists who are successful at making their own work, I always wonder ‘how the hell did they do this and live a real life while doing so?’ As a working artist, I find achieving a life/art balance to be incredibly difficult. I am always on the lookout for advice about how to do it. When my former theater professors at the University of New Hampshire asked me to speak to a group of artists about life post-school, I went to social media to get new perspectives. Over 40 people commented, and my friend (and blogger/filmmaker extraordinaire) Michael DiBiasio asked me to guest blog. The response was so good that I’ve decided to conduct interviews with working artists on a semi-regular basis.
I’m very excited about my subject for July, Rebecca De Ornelas. Rebecca is an actor and producer from Brooklyn, and she happens to also be married to Michael. Rebecca and Michael just released their short film, Multiverse,’ and are crowdfunding (with our awesome pals) Seed and Spark for their first feature,  ‘ The Videoblogs.I’ve been involved as a consulting producer on the film, and I thought having a husband and wife team answer these questions would bring a new meaning to #RealWorldArt. Here are Rebecca’s answers, and I hope to get Michael’s out to you in August. As you may expect, they are busy people.

I’ll let Rebecca take it from here.

First off, who are you and what are you working on now?
I’m Rebecca and I’m an actor and producer from Brooklyn, New York. I’ve also co-produced two films (a featurette and a short) with my husband, Michael, and now we are working on our first feature, The Videoblogs. I do plays, too (currently rehearsing The Showoff with OnTheRoad Rep). I pretty much only work on things I love and feel passionate about and that’s pretty awesom

Have you always wanted to be a filmmakers, or did you evolve into it? How did it come about?

Nope. No way. Nuh-uh. I don’t think I ever thought I’d be where I am right now doing what I do. I guess what got me here is the fact that I will pretty much say YES to anything. Want to quit our jobs and make a movie that will make us famous? YES. Want to move to RI into Michael’s old bedroom to save us money while we make said movie? YES. Want to move back to New York and live in your old bedroom with your parents while we self-distribute? NO… Wait, YES. And that’s actually how our first film was born and raised. And it took us SIX years to get back to a place financially/emotionally/spiritually where we could make another one. This time, the rehab wasn’t so bad and so we are making another one two years later. Soon, we will pop them out like…TIC TACS.

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What role does your day job (or jobs) play in your creativity? How has being a producer shaped your own work?

I think of my day job as a growing pain. I’ve never not had to have one and it a.) Makes me fully appreciate the time I do get to work on projects I love and b.) Builds my personal character. Sure, I know that’s what everyone tells you adversity does but really my life is so much riper with material because I’ve had my foot in multiple industries. Bits of every character I will ever play I have waited on or worked with in some capacity. As an actor, I study relationships and the greater the diversity and reach I can have in that respect, the more informed I can be to honestly depict those relationships and people.

Being a producer has helped me to see a much bigger picture. Film is not the actor’s medium, for sure, because there is so much else going on that an actor is of service to. That’s not to say the acting in a film isn’t important but it’s just one part of all these multiple moving pieces. Producing has helped me to realize that as an actor, I just have one job: to be fully present at all times. And that’s it. The rest is the film’s responsibility. The actor does not have control over… anything, really. And that’s liberating.
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As a married couple and collaborators, how do you balance making art and living your everyday life? What tactics have you come up?

Balance is something every person tries to achieve but I don’t believe can do so perfectly for any extended period of time. I like to think of aiming for balance as rolling down a hill in a giant see-through ball. Not much can be done because you’re subject to the constant of gravity (in this case, the not-so constancy of life) but if you see a rock coming you can veer to the side to avoid it. Then maybe because you were trying to avoid the rock, you hit a tree but that’s okay because the ball is made of hard stuff and you just hit the tree, bounce off and go the other way. Am I making any sense? Point is, achieving balance sounds a little to me like striving to be perfect. You can aim for it but really you just have to stay malleable and open to change.

That being said, our tactic is to veer to the right when we have gone too far left and the goal is straight ahead.
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Seriously, don’t get frozen. Back #VideoblogsFilm on Seed and Spark today.

Thanks, Rebecca! Looking forward to Michael’s answers. Please be sure to check in next week. I’m also planning another ‘Understanding The Work’ post for August, which will revolve around my burgeoning love for good old fashioned storytelling. Also planning a film to be shot this fall.

Lots of exciting news on its way. To stayed updated, join my mailing list or  just follow the blog!

Thank you for your continued support.

Best,
Liam.

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