1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?
I’ve been a writer my whole life, but even after ten years writing prose, something always felt off. Then I wrote my first script and it was all over for me- it was the perfect style for me, and I was addicted to the ability to make my work come to life and get to work with so many other talented people to do so.
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
The biggest risk I ever took was moving to New York City for grad school to pursue screenwriting for the first time- I knew no one, didn’t have an apartment lined up until three days before my flight, and had never lived in a city before. But even with the challenges living in this city, I wouldn’t give up the experience for anything.
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
My biggest concern for the future is the sustainability of a career in digital media, which is my niche and is an industry changing so quickly that it never seems to settle long enough to make a space for yourself. With algorithms and advertising options redo-ing themselves constantly, it can be hard to have any sort of stability, let alone financial stability.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
I once got an email from a fan of my comedy mental health web series saying they were going back to therapy because our show normalized it and made them feel like it was worth another shot. My absurdist short form series actually helped someone with a really tough decision; representation matters, and I’m apparently on the right track with it!
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Making your own work is the most freeing, powerful feeling in the world, and it allows you to learn your leadership style and your artistic sensibility long before the traditional industry path will give you that chance. Make your own work and surround yourself with amazing people and you’ll never feel unfulfilled.
6) What, if anything, do you collect?
I don’t really collect anything! I’m a pack rat (Marie Kondo would have a field day with me) but there isn’t a ton of consistency to what I’m packing away.
7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?
I want to spend more time on the work I want to be doing and less time on work that I feel like I should be doing, which in my case means more writing and directing and less producing. I’ve made a lot of things in the past few years, and I think it’s time to slow down and focus on the crafts that I truly want to develop.
The best place to go is my portfolio site- bricastellini.com
IG and Twitter @brisownworld