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Meet Bianca Poletti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bianca Poletti.

Bianca, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in California and was raised by a single mother. I’ve always been interested in storytelling, whether it be behind a still or motion camera. As a kid would build fortresses all around my house and wait all day for my mom to get home so I could show her the plays I had written and would act them out inside the fort to create this sort of magical experience.

Magic is definitely something I’ve always chased and been fascinated by. The magic of movie-making, the magic of emotion, the fact that you didn’t have to live one life you could create all of these different worlds and make a career out of that. That’s always fascinated me and driven me to be where I am right now.

I went to school for film, but after graduating decided to focus a bit more on photography, simply because I was enjoying it at that moment. After a couple of years, I realized I loved photography and always will but I really wanted to dig deeper into the human psyche and explore different worlds in a different way. So, I started directing again.

I’ve assisted on a million shoots, both narrative and commercial. I’d have to say I probably learned more on set observing how things work and helping in all positions than I ever did in college.

Most recently, I’ve been directing a lot of music videos and short films. I’m a huge fan of music so creating visuals to match the emotion that comes from music is really a fun thing for me. You also have the freedom to get a little weird and abstract with music videos, which I also really love.

I just finished a short film Fertile, that has gotten quite a bit of love and press. My writing partner and I are currently working on making it a series.

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?
Yes and no. It’s taken me a long time to feel confident in my own voice and know what kind of stories I wanted to tell. I’m not one hundred percent there yet, but I am getting closer to it every day.

Once I decided to focus on directing again, I really had to start from the bottom and work my way up. I had the opportunity randomly to the second AD on a big project, and at the time I was still living in San Diego but didn’t want to tell anyone that in worry that I wouldn’t get work. So, when I booked this gig, I drove every day from SD to LA for a month to be on set. I learned so much and made so many friends and collaborators that I still use till this day.

Then after that, I got a very low-level job at a huge production company for commercials. The office was on the west side and I lived in Los Feliz, so every day I would get up around 5 am, work out, work on developing some personal project ideas, then drive to work and be in traffic for an hour or more. Be at the office from 8 am-5 pm. Be in traffic for an hour or more, then I would take any freelance work I could find that would get me on a set. The company I worked for was very supportive and would give me PA work on commercials, so a lot of the times I would leave work, go straight to set and work as a PA on an overnight shoot, sleep a couple of hours and then wake up and drive to work… and do it all over again. I did that for about three years and was able to watch and learn from a lot of very very talented directors.

Then I started to create more work on my own and self-funding short films, just to start building a reel. And then slowly but surely work started coming in. From producer friends to random people who follow me on Instagram and like my work etc…

I’m a firm believer in hustling and really doing whatever you need to do to get where you want to be. No one has ever just handed me work. I’ve really had to be super persistent and annoying to get what I’ve wanted, and I’ve had to work really hard. But it feels so good when you get to keep moving forward and you see a bit of your hard work pay off.

What else should our readers know?
I’m a director and photographer. You can see my work here:

Directing work: https://bpoletti.com/
Photo work: https://www.biancapoletti.com/

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve been very very lucky in my lifetime. I’ve always been able to randomly meet someone that has believed in me and given me a chance. From there, I’ve taken the opportunity and worked very hard to continue to grow, but there’s always been someone who has given me a chance. I’m very very thankful for them and that.

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@BiancaPoletti

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