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Conversations with Rosana Lucia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosana Lucia.

Rosana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My name is Rosana Lucia and I am a filmmaker and photographer raised in Savannah, Georgia. Growing up, my dream was to be in front of a camera.

I trained for years to be an actress/singer, and when the opportunity presented itself to play the lead role in a feature film when I was 10 years old, I fell even more in love with the world of entertainment.

Though the film never made it out of the post-production stage, I still credit this as a majorly impactful experience. I met Herb Kossover, rest his soul, a brilliant, well-known cinematographer, and patient mentor who introduced me to life behind the lens of the camera.

At the age of 12, I spent my first summer at a sleep-away camp called the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York. I spent many of my teenage summers busy in their film department and in musical production rehearsals.

In 2018, Adriana Iris Boatwright, a talented and experienced local photographer, invited me to be her assistant/mentee for “Do Savannah’s” Savannah Stopover Music Festival Edition. I worked alongside her on this project for two more years. In that time, I mastered my own vision, learned the fundamentals of a good photo, and even got to publish my own spread days before COVID-19 hit the United States.

Now, at 22 years old, after switching academic institutions three times, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Film Production from Georgia Southern University. I’m currently offering my services as a Freelance Filmmaker and Photographer with plans of traveling the globe and capturing the stories the public may be missing out on.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Personally, I think that being an artist requires the individual to channel the energy of all the obstacles they’ve overcome along their journey– this is very much true in my own experience.

Financial stability was never a reality, and solid familial relationships also weren’t exactly on the table. I’ve lost so much in life, but I believe I gained even more because of it. These challenges allowed me to learn things I could have never imagined and breakthrough all the boundaries set before me.

It can also be difficult to narrow down an artistic vision that differentiates you from other artists, but once you’ve found it – you’ll only grow stronger as an artist and an individual. Luckily, I have a loving family and supportive friends nearby that continue to push me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I like to think of myself as a Visual Anthropologist. Conceptually, visual anthropology lies at the intersection of the study of human perception and imagination, audiovisual media, and ethnography. My work lies somewhere in the middle of documenting the human experience and working on projects that matter to the community and the rest of the world alike.

Currently, I’m doing a lot of freelance for local businesses and musicians like Alleycat Lounge, Savannah Morning News, and The Eric Jones Trio Band. Throughout this process, I get to showcase my niche by capturing the spirit of humanity, as well as the soul of their profession/industry.

My photography work ranges from editorials, product photography, and street photography, to everything else in between. Meanwhile, my films range from documentary work, music videos, social media videos, etc. I’d like to expand my career by gravitating more toward the industry rather than exclusively doing independent work.

In an effort to see myself from an outsider’s perspective, I asked some of my friends what I might be best known for and what might set me apart from other artists. One friend said that I was effective at execution.

“You always see the vision.” Another mentioned my ability to capture “the truth or authenticity of someone” in my photographs. Their responses made me blush, to say the least.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
The book that stands out to me is The Road to Character by David Brooks. It uses psychology, politics, spirituality, and morality to encourage us to reevaluate our priorities and seek to construct rich inner lives defined by humbleness and moral depth.

Two pages into this book, I was already crying like a little girl. I truly believe that the need to achieve wealth or fame can distract us from the true meaning of life which, to me, is forming true, meaningful relationships, and exuding kindness, honesty, and love.

This book really helped me open my eyes to a world full of possibilities and happiness that subconsciously influences my films and photos in a really positive and beautiful way. Not only is my goal in life to be a gifted, visual storyteller, but to maintain a kind and moral attitude. Do good, be good.

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