We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Consalvi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Knowing whether or not to keep going all comes down to your passion – your “why”. A lot of times, especially in the film and makeup industries, you can have moments where that “why” gets lost in the shuffle. You may hit a wall creatively or get bogged down in projects that you took on without really feeling connected to them. This has happened to me countless times as an artist and a filmmaker. There are moments you have to keep going because you made a commitment, but other times, your creativity is challenged and you have to dig a deeper to find motivation. These are the moments where I’ve wanted to give up, but with a big enough “why”, I found the strength to keep going. Sometimes you find it in other collaborators who believe in you and other times, you have to just remember why you’re doing it in the first place. It’s never easy, but in the end, it’s always worth the effort.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
Starting your own business is always a work in progress, especially when you have toes in multiple areas. My background is education and creativity and professionalism was always my main motivator. Stepping into the makeup and film industries from teaching was a move that just made sense. My organization skills and ability to manage high stress situations with various groups of people became some of my biggest assets on set. There are always those moments where I get in my own way and it can be difficult to let mistakes and failures go. At the end of the day, I always just try my best. I think of a quote from Rataouille that keeps me going: Only the fearless can be great. For me, not letting that fear control me and remembering that I alone can dictate my success is the most valuable lesson I have learned on this journey.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I feel like in order to truly appreciate Phoenix, you can’t limit yourself to one area. If I had to choose some of my favorite spots to eat, drink, and just hang out, I would have to start in my town of Gilbert, jump to downtown Mesa and end in the heart of Phoenix. A not so hidden gem in the town of Gilbert is a collective called Barnone. Local artisans sell there unique wares in the farmers market or in one of the quirky shops inside this palatial barn. While I always enjoy seeing what they offer, my favorite aspect of Barnone is by far and away the food and beverage game. 12 West Brewery has no shortage of whimsically named beers that pair perfectly with a wood fired pizza from next door at Fire and Brimstone or vegan fare from The Uprooted Kitchen. Follow up with a wine tasting on the opposite end of the barn at Garage East and you have yourself a perfect evening. Downtown Mesa is always a great night. Chupacabra Tap Room, Cider Corps, The Nile Coffee House, and The Arizona Museum of Natural History are all hot spots for great food, booze, and fun. Finally, the newly revived downtown Phoenix offers and extensive collection of weird and wild spots to people watch. By far and away (in my humble opinion) the most fun evenings I’ve had have been the big gay singalong nights at Film Bar, drinks at The Dressing Room, pizza and wine at Pizzeria and Bar Bianco, and artful dishes crafted in a gorgeous setting at Blue Hound Kitchen. I love my state and I feel like my enthusiasm shows. This is only a shortlist, but these spots are guaranteed to give you a great meal and a good time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I give an enthusiastic Shoutout to my producing partner and collaborator, the brilliant Sean Oliver. He took a chance on me and it sparked a harmonious creative relationship unlike anything I’ve experienced. I have learned so much from him and he has given me space to create and give my input on all of our work. Helping him tell his stories has been a great joy in my professional career and I am so thrilled for what we have on the horizon.
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