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Find a “Tribe” Outside of the Film Industry

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I joined instagram because my fitness trainer of eight years Tracy Anderson was holding a contest through that platform. I honestly didn’t join because I wanted to have millions of followers, or even to promote my films; I just wanted to win a competition. Little did I know that small decision in my life would have the most rewarding beautiful outcome I could ever image! I became a member of the #tamily, which is a community of women all across the world who connect and share their passion for Tracy’s method.

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(Alexandra with Maria Kelling and Tiffaney Ann Dwyer)

I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so wrapped up in the film industry it’s hard to see outside of Hollywood. Most of my friends work in the biz, and I often find myself engrossed in conversations that are solely centered on making movies. While there is nothing wrong with that, and I thrive off my relationships in my industry, I also feel allot of the time I have nothing else to talk about.

Joining the #tamily, has given me a community outside of my everyday world, and I cherish these women more than words could express. Most of them I have never met face to face, but they inspire, encourage, and love on me everyday. It’s a gorgeous life giving community that lifts one another up, listens when someone is down, and cheers when a milestone has been passed. This group is a wonderful example of how social media can change people’s lives for the better.

I encourage other filmmakers to join a community completely apart from their profession. It actually makes me a better storyteller when I am connecting everyday with women in the world. This is so important for me as a female driven moviemaker. Hollywood can feel like a little bubble, and it’s important to break out of it every once in awhile.

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(Alexandra hugging Stacey Browne)

The ladies from #tamily also support me in a way that is very hard for people who work in show business to do. Because none of them are trying to “make it” in the business, their words of encouragement and love towards the things I am creating really gives me the confidence I need to continue to conquer a very challenging career path. I feel truly lifted up by them, because deep down they are not in competition with me. Jealousy is a part of human nature, and sometimes I think it can be a challenge to not compare to someone else. And this is why I believe in the importance of finding people to commune with that have nothing to do with “making it” in Hollywood.

I joined a soccer league recently and was excited to be a part of a team. But since my team is located here in Los Angeles most of the members work in the film industry, therefore I found myself the other day, yet again gabbing away on the bench about making movies and the rise and fall of the DVD industry.

This is where social media has had an incredible impact on the world. You can connect with the push of a button to someone living in on the other side of the planet.

My #tamily members encourage me to be healthy and stay fit, nothing wrong with a little of that in your life.

I am a HUGE advocate for finding your filmmaking tribe, I love mine, but I also encourage you to find a tribe that flourishes you in another aspect of your life. It just might be the life changing “team” you never knew you needed.

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Tracy Anderson and Alexandra Boylan

Tracy Anderson and Alexandra Boylan after a workout in Los Angeles.

Alexandra Boylan

About Alexandra Boylan

Alexandra Boylan (Producer, Writer, Actor, Co-Founder Mustard Seed Entertainment and Mirror Tree Productions) Alexandra is an award-winning filmmaker. MirrorTree Productions, has produced numerous feature films, including "Home Sweet Home" and "At Your Own Risk". Her company Mustard Seed Entertainment's film "Catching Faith" had a two year run on Netflix and was on the shelves of Wal-Mart. Her most recent film "Wish For Christmas" sold to Pure Flix Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Alexandra’s script "Switched" was awarded the winner of the Kiaros Pro MovieGuide award for best screenplay. She is the author of "Create Your Own Career in Hollywood: Advice from a struggling actress who became a successful producer" available in Kindle and print on Amazon, and is an active member of Woman in Film Los Angeles where she served on the WIF PSA Board. Alexandra co-collaborated on the book "Thriving in Hollywood!" for msinthebiz.com