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Meet Rania Sulfa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rania Sulfa.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
How did I get here? I lied, I lied to everyone around me. Okay, that’s kind of intense, I mostly just…hid the truth.

So I’m from Indonesia and from experience, more people tend to recognize my country as Bali. So when asked where I’m from, it’s easier to just say that. Growing up in a country filled with traditions and add a conservative Asian family to the mix, you could say that my life was planned ahead of me. I grew up thinking I was gonna be a doctor after my aunt or a politician after my uncle or law/business just like most of the kids around me.

After junior high, I got sent off to another country to attend a boarding high school. This high school is known in Southeast Asia for sending off 90% of their students to the top universities in the UK for law, medicine, business, etc. My family expected me to go there and be on the right path to their version of success. What they didn’t expect is how much control they lost over my high school times and how I got attached to the media department in the school, the film in particular. I got so attached to it that at times, I prioritize that more than my economics homework. Sorry mom. That might be the lie that started it all.

I applied for internships in the media side and finally got one at a national TV broadcast station in Indonesia. Some might think that I was analyzing the business structure but honestly, I got nowhere near that. I was too attached to the production side. When the time came for us to apply to our colleges, I worked hard to get my business applications prepared but I was also preparing for my film application secretly. No one knew except for my academic advisor who supported me. In the end, I got all my five offers for the business degree and a film school offer in the US. Knowing that I have to take a drastic measure to make sure I can go to film school, I rejected all my business offers. Again Sorry mom. But that gave the impression that I have no choice but to go to film school. After a long conversation and a decent period of time, I got the support from the people around me to pursue my passion and here I am.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely has not been smooth. It’s an unknown path for me and the people around me are still uncertain with what I’m pursuing yet that’s the challenge that I strive for. Besides that, there was also the culture shock of being in the US. It took a while but I’m very glad to get the opportunity to have a chance to experience something different. and different is good sometimes needed.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m currently on the journey to become a producer. Being in the city with a great number of creative people with stories for days. I acknowledge that my goal is to actually help make those visions into reality. Thus why I choose to be a producer. One thing I’m incredibly proud of is how much one can progress in little time. I like how growing in this industry doesn’t only mean the utilitarian success but also an expressive one. Getting involved into another project helps me conquer my fear of going out there and talk to people. One thing that might set me apart is how I like to bring culture into films I work on. Growing up in a rich cultured country there are good and bad things. But the good ones are particularly very beautiful. It’s mostly represented in the background or it could be something that the protagonist has to breakthrough from. I don’t know if it’s that special but I can relate to a lot of cultures more particularly Asian, I could speak in Indonesian, English, a lil bit of Korean.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
It’s a perfect place for me to start out. LA is the heart of entertainment. The place to be for anyone who wants to make it in the industry. I’m very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to start here. My friends from back home need at least four years to experience what I was able to do within a month of starting here. The vibe is also something that I can’t get anywhere else. This city takes away my stress at times. With the loose vibe and easy-going crowd, it keeps me sane when there are a million things in my head.

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