We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhianna Basore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rhianna, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
My guiding value is curiosity. As a creative, I have learned to trust my creativity like a divining rod to lead me where I next need to go. Sometimes that is a new project or a new topic to research or a new experience to seek out. Sometimes it’s a new way of bringing in money for my business. I know that if I tap into my curiosity, I am always listening to my inner guidance while having a blast. What more could you ask for as a creative business person?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create and tell stories that shine light on characters that others might overlook. When I started my production company Miz. Understood Productions last year, I wanted to explore the ways female characters were moved to the sidelines by mainstream audiences used to male super heroes and cowboys. Now in this cultural moment, I see more voices that have been misunderstood and I look forward to helping raise those voices and the artists telling the stories up as I continue to craft and build my own. My acting career started in high school doing summer Shakespeare festivals. I loved the language and wit of those plays. Digging into the Bard’s works always feels like a delicious puzzle to me. But I quickly realized there were one or two ladies in each show and a company of as many as 20 male actors. I started to run the numbers and realized how hard it would be to make a living doing only classical style theatre. I began to explore other ways to tell stories, including developing new plays in collaboration with playwrights, creating live interactive theatre experiences, and experimenting with new forms of theatremaking, and found the only limit to a good story is the creator’s imagination. I began to explore what stories I wanted to tell and who also was telling those stories. I began to focus on those roles and those companies and developed a reputation for insightful, engaging work as characters that would be easy to dismiss. I create a window into characters that other people find difficult to understand. I see this as a vital part of how I can give back, by humanizing people that are easy to judge.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place is always Ocean Beach. A good walk on the beach and stroll through Dog Beach gets the appetite going. If just a little something is wanted, a fish taco from the taco shop right by the water is perfect. If they’re really hungry, Hodad’s is the best. It always hits the spot and is so uniquely San Diego. Then we would shop and stroll and be sure to enjoy some Cuban cakes at Azucar. The next day would be brunch in Hillcrest, maybe Snooze, maybe Hash House, then an afternoon in Balboa Park. I love the architecture, gardens, and museums. I always choose the museum I know my guest would like best. Then maybe dinner and a cocktail at Panama 66. I love La Mesa so would probably take them for a hike up Cowles Mountain in the morning and then another winning combination of food and shopping in the La Mesa Village. Maybe we would end up at the Turquoise Room at the end of the night for a delicious steak. I’d probably do a full beach day next, pack a picnic, some reading materials, and plan to spend the day by the ocean catching up with my friend. Finally, I’d take them up the coast to trawl the 101 for treasures. There’s so many fun, fancy, and funky places as you hug the coast coming down that it’s a don’t miss!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my creative collaborator Todd Blakesley who has been making theatre and live dramatic interactive experiences in San Diego for nearly 50 years. He has inspired me to stretch my wings and find new innovative ways to tell the stories I want to tell, even when challenges arise. Our critically acclaimed show was scheduled to open In Reykjavik next month but because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to make it. Instead, we created a film version to show in our place. The best part of all – we shot it entirely in a closet! Only with Todd would I feel inspired to take on such a crazy challenge and now my first film will premiere in Iceland on July 4th.

Website: www.rhiannabasore.com; www.selftrustfund.com
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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/basorerhianna/
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Image Credits
Ron Logan, Catherine and Clement Segura