Today we’re joined by Britty Lea. Britty is currently a student. She’s studying film and is currently working on what sounds like a fascinating documentary. I could not be more excited to have a filmmaker interviewed. My thanks to Britty for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a filmmaker. I focus mainly on narrative filmmaking, but currently I’m working on a documentary about Buddhist mandalas.
What inspires you?
Honestly, I’m inspired by other people. Sometimes people will say something that then spirals into a great idea. I might become inspired by someone’s life experience. I am inspired by other people’s talent and I seek to utilize it through collaboration as often as I can.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I started making weird films and sketches with my sister on the family video camera when I was about ten years old. Since then I’ve practically worn out each camera I’ve owned making short films and sketches. I always wanted to be an actress, and since there was no one around to film me I ended up both behind and in front of the camera. After high school I realized that I was at my most passionate when I was behind the camera.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I do my best as a filmmaker to represent diversity throughout my films. Representation of minority races, cultures, genders and sexualities is very important to me.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Collect ideas and collect people. Keep a journal filled with snatches of ideas. Recognize talent within others and realize that collaboration is a powerful tool. Story is the most important part of any piece of art, so don’t get hung up on the quality of the presentation. And make art that is important to you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a queer asexual!
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
So far I’ve had the privilege to work with amazing people who’ve been completely accepting of my sexual orientation. So personally I haven’t had any problems. As a filmmaker it is definitely a challenge to tell asexual and aromantic stories in an industry steeped in sex.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Once again I’ve been incredibly lucky with my personal life and acceptance of my sexual orientation. If I had to pick something it would probably be the phrase “you just haven’t met the right person yet” or the fact that most people don’t know the difference between romantic orientation and sexual orientation.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Sexuality is a fluid spectrum and the purpose of labels is to make you feel comfortable in your own skin. Do what makes you feel like you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can visit my website at brittylea.com
Thank you so much, Britty, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.