The Heroine’s Journey of Helena Soubeyrand

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
The research, the freedom and the unexpected. 

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Peace in mind and heart. Loving what you do everyday and sharing what you already have.

What is my greatest fear?
Be « locked »  in every possible way. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Control freak but I keep working on it 🙂

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
I admire all women who are capable of being an artist, and a wife, and a mother in the same time, I think it’s the biggest challenge for us.
Because we all need to exist. When you create, like a woman artist it’s a very strong struggle to found this balance. 
I write my own serie and I’m an actress also so I really admire the work of the showrunneur Phoebe Waller Bridge, and the woman character she writes, she is a voice and an opened mind to all the complexity of woman, we’ve waited to see that in fiction since a long time!

What is my greatest extravagance?
I wish I have more! In my education that was not something we were encouraged to be… At all!

On what occasion would I lie?
To act « confident” I have a lot a fears, so I lie all the time to pretend « I’m very confident in this situation » that’s rarely true.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I miss team work, fortunately my actress work gave me the good balance for that. I think like every artist I struggle a lot in front of my blank page before inspiration that’s not the more comfortable moment in my work but it’s necessary I guess.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
When I was able to share it and meet new and inspiring people. When your sensibility creates a bound with the sensibility of someone else, you communicate, you learn, for me it’s the only thing who really matters.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
Oh so much haha! But I work on be more friendly with me so maybe I’ll change the way I judge myself, I’m not a great friend to me. 

What is my greatest achievement in work?
Founding my own way to express myself, and now companies and people that I admire give me their trust, I’m very gratefull.

Where would I most like to live?
In the country in Paris! haha! It’s not very possible, I love my city so much, the history, the poetry, the beauty of Paris, every streets is an inspiration, it’s new everyday!
But  sometimes of course I miss breaving deeply and calm a lot, so I dream to found both, that would be the perfect place! But the good part is I really enjoy my holidays and I’m always so happy to come back in Paris.

What is my most treasured possession?
My Art books.

What is my most marked characteristic?
Hmm… I’m not a very loud person haha!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
The Bourdelle Museum  in Montparnasse. 

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Eat: Frenchie Restaurant Rue du Nil
Drink: Hotel Particulier Montmartre 

What books influenced my life and how?
A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf. I realized the responsibility we have, as women today, to found the strength to express herself, our thoughts, our point of view. That being « beautiful » is the only thing men let us during centuries to express ourself, and lock ourself in that. It opened me the doors of what all women have to endure since… « forever ». I felt so lucky to be born in this time and so shocked about the women History.
And she was the first writers who talks about this balance of being a mother and a woman, and that we have equally need to work, to express as man. I am very lucky to have found a man in my life who is totally agree with that, for him it’s just good sens. But it’s still not commun to think that way, we have to continue to raise our voice, to educate our boys, and ours girls differently.  I’m very happy about what’s going one for women in this period of time, mentalities are changing.
Who are my favorite writers?
Virginia Woolf
George Sand
Alexandre Dumas
Stephan Zweig

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
« At Last »  Etta James

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Peggy Olson ( MADMEN)
Brit Marling ( the OA )
Anna Karenine (Tolstoï)
Edmond Dantès (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo d’Alexandre Dumas)
so so many more!
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Pierre Rabhi
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
J.K Rowling

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
« Tree of life » Terrence Malick
What role plays art in my life and work?
It give me meaning and melodies in my life 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My little sister 😉 

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
So many people! I can’t name them all 🙂
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
I work on my own série, I love to work on it everyday, even if it’s very intense and difficult to write, I can’t wait to be on set with a great team, and I continue my collaboration in art with amazing people I look forward to live everyday in 2019!

Where can you see me or my work?
I put most of my work and news of Instagram it’s a very great instrument to share your work, and discover new one (when you use it that way of course otherwise it can be a little devil who’s eating your brain)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion is the food of the heart I couldn’t live without so I try to explore the more of it, it’s the gift of life.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Elodie Demey who organize amazing opening stage for women, called «  A définir dans un futur proche » in Paris, very inspiring! 

How can you contact me?
on my instagram @helenasoubeyrand
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