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Meet Sean Leviashvili of F Section Studios in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Leviashvili.

Sean, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After years of sitting on a script I had written about my life, I finally produced and starred in a short film I made called “LIMP.” The film is autobiographical and chronicles the challenges I’ve dealt with dating in the gay community with a mild case of cerebral palsy. The short film screened in more than 15 festivals throughout the world and is currently streaming on REVRY, an LGBT+ streaming service based out of Los Angeles. In addition, I write parodies and have recently starting doing that with brands such as 21 Seeds tequila, based out of San Francisco. I am a writer and performer and looking forward to what comes next in our industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. It took a lot for me to put my short film together and be vulnerable and open about my story. My whole life I struggled with my disability and sexuality but have found that sharing your story and being open and honest about who you are and the pain you’ve endured grants permission for others to do the same. When I went to my film’s screenings, people would come up to me and say that they too have conversations in their lives they’re trying to sort out, as well.

Like many writers and artists in Los Angeles, it is not easy to break in, but I believe you have to make your own opportunities and given the landscape and technology today’s field offers, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t! My whole life I waited for permission to be myself and share my truth, and I have learned through all of this, that you never should. Your story, no matter how specific it is or how alone you may feel, will resonate with others.

Now, to talk about the production itself. It was a definitely challenging. It was the first time I ever really invested in my own projects and found that you definitely have to wear many hats. I also ended up spending a lot of my own money on the project and didn’t expect every little detail to be so costly. While there were elements that were daunting, putting your own short film together is truly the best crash course one could ask for. I encourage artists to get their hands dirty and bring their own stories to life.

I struggled my whole life with my family, my background, my muscular condition and the gay community but have come through each challenge with grace and wisdom. I have an empathy that is innate and a wealth of experience to draw from. When an artist can show an audience how they see the world, I believe they have done their job and I hope that my writing and performances can help do just that.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I have worked in entertainment for some time, in many different departments. I have consulted on many projects and have more recently started developing my own. In addition to my short film “LIMP”, I have recently started making parody musicals for companies such as 21 Seeds Tequila. I want to lean more into voiceover acting and impersonating and am using platforms like Instagram to do so under quarantine.

While the entertainment industry is largely on hold right now, I think we will all adapt and continue to create content that reflects the world and what we are all going through.

What sets me apart is likely the way I write and my voiceover skills. I am a strong impersonator and that ability tends to impress. As for my writing, I have a unique voice that feels very east coast and contemporary. I try to elevate creativity in anything I do.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love about Los Angeles is the fact that there is truly something for everyone. The level of diversity we have in population, landscape, activity, cuisine and entertainment is astounding, but you have to look for it. You have to seek it out.

As a New Yorker, I was used to stepping out of my building and navigating my way to anything I wanted in 40 minutes or less. Here, the case is different. You have to plan your days, map out your weeks and seek out the things that excite you. But it is so worth it!

I would say the east side really sticks out to me. I think the food in Echo Park and Silver Lake is incredible. There are so many small restaurants right off of Alvarado that are just amazing. Aside from that, Manhattan Beach never fails. The lay of the land there is just beautiful. I live in West Hollywood and find it a great combination of Florida and Manhattan – a perfect hybrid for a New Yorker. The ability to walk around really means something to me, so for now, this is home.

The hardest part about being in LA for me has been comparing it to New York. About a year into my time here, I had to accept that the cities are totally different. They are not siblings, they are barely cousins, but they are friends and their values overlap. Both New York and Los Angeles invite creatives and give people a quiet permission to be authentically who you are. You can come here from anywhere and be who you are, and that is beautiful.

There are times that I find it hard to connect with people here and I’d be lying if I said the competition didn’t get to me. As a writer and producer, you tend to compare yourself to others in your field, and when everyone around you is comparing you to your constituents, it’s hard to break the cycle.

That said, I believe we live in a world that has room for many, many voices and as long as you work hard to make yours heard, there will be an audience for it.

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