We recently connected with Elliot Frances Flynn and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Elliot Frances, thanks for joining us today. Can you talk to us about how you learned to do what you do?
I took acting classes, and performed in anything I could while I was growing up — school plays, dance lessons, choir, all that. I knew I always wanted to be an actor, and while I viewed everything I did at the time as Serious Preparation (TM), I was just dreaming. It wasn’t until I went to college, quit, and then came back again that things started to come together. I had a teacher I clicked with, which was imperative — and I also was this deep, deep well of emotion and sadness. I was extremely tender. I cried at the drop of a hat. … All this I guess to say is that being so tender made me extremely emotionally available. I might’ve been trying to step out of my own shoes and get to be someone else for a little, even if that someone else, that character, was going through something traumatic. I think the most important thing was that I was, I guess, susceptible — to emotion, to my teacher’s guidance and method — maybe “open” is the word. I was so open to the method, the circumstances of the scene. I think when I really think about it, that’s what made a difference in allowing me to make all these choices that lead me to a place in my career that I’m happy with. Being open is the skill, or the state, I found most helpful.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I’m an actress. I love the term because it feels Old Hollywood, and I also describe myself as a “storyteller.” My work is primarily in indie film. I strive to tell stories about young women coming of age, women’s issues, mental health, and sexuality. I made my film debut in “Shoplifters of the World” in 2021. Next, two films I loved working on will release this year, crime thriller “Confession” and “Linoleum.” In the films I work on, and in the things I’m starting to write, I love to explore themes of womanhood, sexuality, coming of age. I hope to tell stories earnestly.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
I think that telling stories earnestly really sums it up — but I’d also like to say that I want to tell stories that are honest and illuminating. I hope someone can feel seen from something I’ve done. When it happens, it feels really rewarding.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
If it’s not connecting with the audience, it’s having accomplished this amazing feat. Movie making is hard — it takes a village. Seeing the finished project — something that you and everyone who worked on it brought their A-game to, and their passion to — is really rewarding. There’s nothing like it. Community is something that, recently, I’ve found myself gravitating towards. Lately I’ve felt very anchored by the people around me. Maybe it’s because I’m moved to a new neighborhood, or I’m taking on producing, which is really nerve-wracking, but I find myself really grateful for everyone around me.
- Website: https://www.elliotfrancesflynn.com/
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- Twitter: twitter.com/elliotfrancesf
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