There’s no denying that 2023 was a remarkable year for many people. Especially for creative personalities. Making strides with her creativity, Stefanie Peti emerges as a potential artist showcasing her prowess in acting, movie production and screenwriting. With her maiden project, ‘Behind the Front’, Stefanie stepped into the world of screenwriting, tackling the crucial topic of mental health and depression. Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, Stefanie Peti’s second compelling project as a screenwriter is titled ‘2C’ which focuses on the issue of drug abuse and its profound impact on the youth.
Bringing content-driven projects to the audience, 2023 was unarguably a fruitful year for Stefanie. In the wake of successfully selling two of her personally penned movies in a year, we spoke to Stefanie to uncover what the year 2024 has in store for her.
Excerpts from the conversation:
Q: Can you shed some light on the upcoming projects you have lined up as an actor, writer and producer for 2024?
A: Well, about acting, there’s something very exciting coming up this year that I am already gearing up for. It’s a project for Netflix, helmed by a renowned director whom I can’t wait to collaborate with and gain wisdom from. I have a strong feeling that it’s going to be a captivating journey. Let’s hope for the best.
Q: How do you personally feel about the fact that you sold two movies in a single year, which is quite impressive for a young talent?
A: I feel immensely blessed because it reaffirms that I am on the right path. There is a lot to offer, and I am currently in a highly creative phase of my life, which took some time to embrace. It is amazing to allow myself to communicate and deliver a power-packed message to the audience through cinema.
Q: How do you balance your life between acting, producing and writing? Also, we hear that you have founded your company. Can you let us know about it?
A: Discipline plays a significant role in my life. Last year was an amalgamation of hard work, persistence and discipline. This year, I aim to take it a bit easier. As for writing, I am quite peculiar because I need the perfect environment to feel inspired. It is a deeply internal process that demands ample time. Sure, it can feel overwhelming at times, like it does for everyone, but I always keep my eyes on the prize, which, for me, is in the pursuit of knowledge. Coming to my company, I believe that it is too early to speak. I shall let my work do the talking.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: My inspiration stems from real people, real situations under genuine circumstances of life. I write about what I believe needs fixing and focusing on social issues is imperative. As for where I draw my inspiration to write, it is a whole different story. I always need to be near the sea, with Nina Simone playing in the background, surrounded by the aroma of home-cooked meals, where I can walk barefoot and commune with nature. Such an environment sets the ideal stage for exploration, letting go and trusting the process.
Q: What’s your favourite show you have ever worked on?
A: That would have to be ‘Ballers’ on HBO. It was an incredible experience collaborating with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He’s truly phenomenal. Additionally, ‘Westworld’ stands out as a memorable production. I had the privilege of working alongside and observing many actors whom I deeply admire as they honed their craft.
Q: Speaking specifically about writing, are there any new projects on the horizon?
A: As you know, I am drawn to writing about social issues. I have a few ideas brewing. There’s this Nina Simone song called ‘Four Women’ that has been a profound source of inspiration for me. I have a particular vision for my next project, but for now, my focus is on preparing for my next role.
Q: What do you think your talent excels in and what’s the greatest gift you possess as an artist?
A: I believe that everyone possesses a unique gift. About me, I would say that I am a communicator. Others have talents that I will never possess, but here’s the thing – there’s no comparison, no competition; it’s all about energy moving forward in oneness and unity for contribution. You cannot take your gift with you, When I realized that, I started asking myself: What will I do with it? Who will I uplift? What message do I want to convey? What is that I really wanna say. Who will I make better? Who will I impact? Who will I touch? Who will I inspire? I believe that we need to find what we’d die for and live for it.