15 Sep Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful: Lara Adine Lipschitz
Lara Adine Lipschitz grew up on our television screens as one of the enthusiastic presenters of SABC 1’s interactive kids show YoTV. After school Lara attended Wits University to study drama where she focused on acting, physical theatre and musical theatre. Her first stage production as a professional actress was her own one-woman show, an adaptation of My Uncle Oswald. Her most recent role was in the local adaption of Emotional Creature: the secret life of girls around the world, an award-winning play by Eve Ensler – perhaps best known for The Vagina Monologues.
Also a talented writer, 10 months ago Lara launched her own webseries called Chin Up!, a mockumentary based on her real life experiences (the hilarious, the hopeful and plain awful) as an actress in Johannesburg.
What inspired you to start CHIN UP?
I was inspired by people like Lena Dunham who writes, produces, directs and stars in her own series, GIRLS. It just made me realize how possible that is and how much more rewarding it is to create my own project than just to be in someone else’s. I was inspired to take my career into my own hands and be proactive and productive with my ideas and passions.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love the whole process of having an idea, writing it down, planning how we are going to shoot it, usually in the simplest and cheapest way, casting my friends, and filming my stories. It’s so exciting to see my idea go from just that, an idea, to an actual thing that can be viewed and enjoyed by everyone.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced and triumphs you’ve enjoyed along the way?
Well the fact that we have been producing the series with zero budget is the most challenging thing. It makes it completely limiting in terms of time and marketing etc. That is why I’m now focusing on getting funding so that I can develop the series and take it much further next year.
The triumphs have been getting such a positive response from everyone who watches it. When I hosted my CHIN UP party earlier in the year, I screened the 6th episode for the first time and I got to hear the audience’s response live in the room. Just hearing their laughter was a triumphant moment.
Also having it get noticed by the people at America Meet World was pretty exciting. It’s now hosted on their website and we are in discussions about how to get it seen by an international audience.
What characteristics does it take to make it in your industry?
Staying power, trust, belief in yourself. You have to be passionate about acting and writing because it’s just so difficult most of the time, so without passion you may as well get a “real” job. Also, I studied Drama so I can’t get a “real” job.
Where do you look for daily inspiration? What influences your craft?
I watch a lot of films and theatre. I have very important coffee dates with my friends who help brainstorm ideas and plan out episodes. Every time I attend a casting or visit my agent I have more material to laugh at because it’s all rather ridiculous when you think about it.
What’s been your favourite role to play and why?
I played a role in a one-woman show I created in my fourth year at Wits. Her name is Lady Makepiece and she enjoys throwing lavish social events and seducing young men. It was a lot of fun to play her.
Beauty is...confidence, ease, having a sense of humour.
Powerful is…kindness, respect for others, taking initiative and responsibility for your own success.
When do you feel most powerful?
When I’m performing on stage and when I’m shooting CHIN UP!
Where do you visualise yourself being in the future? // Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I plan to develop my producing and writing skills, keep working on CHIN UP and other web series and television shows. I’d also like to produce and direct a few short films and plays.
10 years seems like an insane amount of time to try to think about right now. I’ll be 37. So I guess I’d like to have a family and a few pets. I’d like to be someone important in the South African Film, Television, Web Series and Theatre industry. Maybe have even won a few awards and traveled the world with my short films and plays. Work with amazing people who I admire and help some twenty-something year old girl produce her own content. Who knows, maybe I’ll just start a foundation to sponsor young film and theatre makers. Ok I’ll stop now.
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