Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassendre de le Fortrie-Lynch.
Cassendre, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Orange County and had every plan of working in the industry ever since childhood. At first, I thought the plan was to be an actor. I went to UCI and majored in Theater Arts, and then later went to grad school at Chapman University Film School. While I thought I was there to become a great filmmaker, it turned out that I was busier designing everyone’s’ films.
By the time I finished grad school, I had designed well over twenty projects. This worked out pretty well for me because I had a blossoming career from the day that I graduated. As my peers started moving into production roles, they started calling me in and it just sort of took off from there. I started out in feature films, and then moved into music videos and advertising.
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?
I’ve been pretty fortunate in terms of doors opening for me before I ever really had to knock on them. Almost all of my work through the years has been word of mouth. While I had really great opportunities in the feature world, I realized early on that the circus of features wasn’t right for me. I valued the low-key lifestyle that the OC provided, I missed the beaches, the slower pace, and the lack of traffic! I moved into photo-styling for advertising and commercials so that I could have the production life, but be back in the OC.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As time has gone by, I’ve had the opportunity to use more of my production skills. The doors opened for me in the role of stylist; but as people have gotten to know me, my education in production has been put to use. While I still style quite a lot, and I have my favorite, regular clients, I spend a lot more time producing these days. I love putting a crew together and really having my hand in all levels of the production. My years of experience as an actor, director, and stylist have prepared me for this way of producing that I had never really predicted. I love assembling the “dream team.” It might actually be my favorite thing.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m not sure what my plans for the future are specifically. I can tell you that my goal is to spend more time with my family enjoying the small moments, and I’d love to be able to invest a little more time in projects that maybe don’t have as big of a payout but are inspiring and beneficial to this crazy world.
- Website: Cassendredelefortrie.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @Doitwithcassendre
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