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Meet Alexia Anastasio of I Believe Productions in Miracle Mile

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexia Anastasio.

Alexia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was younger, I was super shy so my mother decided to put me into acting classes. Later on in life, I realized that this was the start of my personal development journey. I started with theatre and then experimental film, improvisation to then find the documentary format. I was very lucky that my high school had a very strong art department where I was able to decide that I wanted to pursue this path. I then went on to major in New Media at S.U.N.Y Purchase which is about an hour north of New York City. It was in college where I had the time to discover my love for photography and practice directing short films and started interning for many different type of companies including film festivals, distribution companies and independent filmmakers.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The path of an artist is always a risk, of course, a risk worth taking. I’ve been very lucky that I have been adaptable to industry shifts and changes. I’ve had to learn how to market myself like brand and connect with fans one to one, in person at conventions and online. Creating something out of nothing is basically what I do. I learned how to navigate using crowdfunding to help finish my first feature film and that has been a great marketing tool for each film project.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My production company produces and directs documentaries and coming of age narrative films. My fiction based work tends to be around the bi-sexual lifestyle and navigating being in relationship and my non-fiction films are to inspire others to live the art life. I’m most proud of my documentary, Adventures in Plymptoons! which is about Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton. This shows, Plympton as a great example of a full-time artist, if he can do it, so can you. I feel what sets me apart from others is my field is my persistence, care, imagination, flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile to do what needs to be done to get the project out there into the world. I think my natural ability to trust my intuition and play help bring out the gold whether it is when I am interviewing someone for a documentary or making someone feel comfortable before a love scene. It is always about having fun and going with the flow.

What were you like growing up?
I always loved to dress up, dance in my basement, play make believe, paint, go out and bike around the neighborhood. I was pretty spunky when I was at home and in a small group. Still am.

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