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Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alicia and I am trying to figure out a way to find more love in myself and in others. The main way I do that is through documentary.

What's the origin of your artist name?
When I read The Virgin Suicides the first time, I got really interested in the idea of mayflies, which are this huge metaphor that sums up the story in my mind.

What has been your biggest challenge with your art so far?
1. Calling myself an artist.
2. Getting over my social anxiety enough to create it.

Who or what is your biggest influence?
I met this man who worked at a hotel in Laos. He told me all about his life. Left with a haunted feeling, I couldn't sleep that night. Getting to hear his story reminded me of this amazing opportunity I have. I reminded me that I am here to tell other people's stories. We live together now.

What is your wildest story?
There was this one night where an older Thai man nicknamed me Moon and fed me meat with his hands. An owl died and later, the man got stabbed.

What is the last book you read?
I'm currently reading a book on menstrual cramps. Exciting, yes.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Buddy Glass, if only to meet the man in the hat.

What couldn’t you live without?
It's too hard not to be literal with this one, since there are things that I wouldn't want to live without, but I'm sure I could.

What is your secret talent?
Not being able to keep a secret.

Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
There was a lot of Sweden in it.

What are you craving right now?
A really good night's sleep and a conversation with my mom.

What was the last song you fell in love with?
All I listen to these days is molam.

What do you like?
Hanging out with kids, coffee, speaking Thai, riding my motorbike, editing, garlic, and those moments with you make eye contact with someone as a way to let them know you understand.

What do you dislike?
Sweating and celery!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
About letting go.

How and why did you start RECording?
I started taking pictures in middle school with a disposable camera at Yosemite. I kept going, and exploring different kinds of art. Capturing things on film and video always appealed to me the most, so I stuck with that.
I'm not sure how I fell in love with documentary, and what really pushed me in that direction to begin with. I really love getting to take reality and show it in a way that makes everyone realize how extraordinary it is, though.

Created: Aug 16, 2012


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