Tuesday Crew Day: Lora Bofill

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Tuesday Crew Day: Lora Bofill

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I am originally from Man, WV in Logan County. I currently live in Los Angeles, CA. I graduated from Man High School with honors. Although my high school did not have a drama program at the time, I remember doing a small scene from a play in my English literature class which stayed with me. It only takes a spark to light the fire. While in high school, I also played a member of the local Native American tribe in the outdoor drama, "The Aracoma Story" at Chief Logan State Park, before going on to college where I did theater and performances in other professional theaters in the Midwest, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, I became a member of The Ruskin Theatre, where several acclaimed actors, such as Anthony Hopkins and Dylan McDermott, have taught. But no matter what, once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

I wear many hats. I am a SAG/AFTRA actress. I had already been doing theater before I booked my first on-camera job, which was a national commercial for AOL while living in Washington DC. That opened doors to more commercials, industrial videos, TV, and independent films. I continued to perform with several professional theatres in Washington DC, including becoming a member of the ASIA Theatre and QBD Ink Theatre which showcased diversity on stage. I then relocated to Los Angeles where I joined the Ruskin Theatre.  I performed and directed plays on stage at the Ruskin Theatre along with ongoing work in independent films and commercials on the west coast.

I made my first foray into production when I joined forces as Executive Producer along with Executive Producer Yvonne Sayers of Open Door Pictures, to produce the short film “Game Of Scones,” written and directed by the brilliant and hilarious Louis Allen. I also helped cast the film, which featured over 40 actors. The experience was phenomenal. As an actress, I show up to my call time, perform the role, and then wrap for the day. As a producer, you are in it from beginning to end and beyond. From a concept on a paper napkin one spring day with director Louis Allen and associate producer Ana Trinidad, to a full-fledged production with a red carpet screening in Los Angeles, you see a film from multiple angles. Casting took several weeks. Once we had our primary cast, then pre-production took even longer, entailing location scouting and running an Indiegogo campaign. Three of our cast members were from West Virginia, including actors Sloane Morgan Siegel (who went on to star in Amazon's “Gortimer Gibbons Life On Normal Street”), Loralee Simpson, and Jay Lindsay. Production never runs smoothly no matter how much you plan, but you learn to be flexible. Post-production took months to complete, but when you are sitting in a theater with your cast and crew and you hear the laughs just at the right moment, you know that year and a half of hard work was worth it.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

I have taken time off from producing to focus on my acting. I guest starred in the comedic web series "Lindsay" where I played a doctor. I am also playing the comedic "sushi girl" in the feature film “Born Guilty” starring Rosanna Arquette, which had its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on May 4 at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS). Rosanna Arquette won best actress for IFS for this film. I have been involved in other multiple independent films here in LA which coincidentally have been making their screening premieres in the past weeks. 

I am also an entertainment reporter/writer for online entertainment magazine Eclipse Magazine where I interview showrunners, directors, producers, and actors. Interviewing my director and producer role models such as Guillermo Del Toro, Jerry Bruckheimer, M. Night Shyalaman, and other people in the industry gives me an overall perspective on what successful people do to get where they are -- hard work.

I support the work of filmmakers in Hollywood. I am a member of the Fil-Am Creative organization supporting Filipinos in entertainment and participated in events with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) whose members include directors Ang Lee and John Woo to name a few. 

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?
Do not give up on the dream. It is a long hard road, but everyone has their own path. There are people that come to Los Angeles that instantly start booking jobs and roles within a year. Then there are others that have to work their way up the ranks for years in this town. But time and time again, from people I interview for my magazine and people I chat with on set, they say the same thing: Don't give up. I truly believe anything is possible if you believe in your dream. If you stick around long enough, you will see the fruits of your labor.