MEET ANITA ABBASI: Feminist Filmmaker
Filmmaker at www.cinematekkitsch.com
What is at the heart of your business?
As a creative, my work centres on identity and belonging. I try to find common ground with different peoples in urbanized places, mainly from the perspective of a racialized human.
Why did you join a women focussed coworking and wellness community?
What does thriving look like to you?
Thriving looks like encountering an obstacle in life, acknowledging its presence, recognizing its impact in your progress, not blaming the obstacle in question, rather learning to either tackle it or maneuver around it, without compromising your core values and without jeopardizing the relationships with people who sustain you. To have that want to achieve a goal that seems impossible and learning to find a way to get there that meets the needs of where you are in life is thriving to me. It’s learning to be respectful of your own pace and that of others, as you seek to advance, whatever that may look like, in life.
Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Collaboration. All of them resonate with me, but collaboration is something as a filmmaker I must constantly hone, foster and be open to. As someone who spends a large amount of time conceiving and writing a work alone, I am constantly reminding myself that filmmaking is a collaborative enterprise, a group of people, with different skills & backgrounds, joining forces towards a unified goal.
Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life
I try to go easy on myself when things go awry or if they simply don’t go my way. I was raised in a rather strict household that placed pressure on me to succeed in a very specific way. The concept of showing compassion to oneself may seem like a no-brainer, but it was a learning curve for someone like me.
What’s your top piece of advice for other entrepreneurs?
Try not to be so precious with your work, be open to the possibility that it needs to be reworked several times and learn to listen to others, who get what it is you are trying to do or want to get it.