5 mins with Ali from Shark Girl

We spent 5 Mins with the rising star to chat about her upcoming movie and life as a creative!

Tell us a bit about Shark Girl?

In the fall of 2022, my husband, Justin Shilton, and I, and our partner, Rob Zazzali, took a giant leap off a cliff and made a feature film! We landed amongst the stars and are so thrilled to be premiering that film, SHARK GIRL, this Shark Week across multiple platforms for video on demand!

“When a beautiful young influencer survives a mysterious shark attack, she becomes a monstrous apex predator, hunting and feeding in sunny Venice Beach, California.”

*What was the inspiration for your project / company and how long had you been working on it before launching? 

Shark Girl was born out of a place of being tired of waiting… waiting for the pandemic to be over, waiting for the perfect role to come through, waiting for the big agent, waiting for someone to buy a script… My husband and I found a way forward without a big budget or a massive star name, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world! 

We started working on Shark Girl in 2022, so it’s been a long road! 

*Can you share with us what a typical day looks like for you? 

I’m religious about doing morning pages, which is an exercise from Julia Cameron’s “The Artists Way”.  I make a cup of coffee, I turn on jazz radio and journal out three pages of thoughts every morning – if I don’t do it my whole day is off.  

No day is really the same in my life, and I like it that way.  I work freelance and take jobs as they come in, I audition, I walk my dog, I write… for me it’s all about the morning pages, and then coming together with my husband in the evening to cook a beautiful dinner. Those are the bummers in my life that keep me playing indie the right lane. 

*The industry that you’re in now, was that always a career pathway you wanted to explore? And if not always, what sparked your initial interest? 

Honestly, yes.  I have been preforming since I was about 4 years old. I’m not me without it, or rather I feel like something is missing if I go too long without it. And now I’m so in it… there’s no turning back.  

*Do you have a highlight experience from your years of work in the creative space?

So many!! The common denominator though is the people I meet along the way. People who have inspired me, challenged me, shifted my thinking, and over all made my life better.  I’m forever grateful for the beautiful friendships I have collected along the way. 

*Can you share something that may surprise people about what could go on behind the scenes of your work? 

I like to read the script everyday, if possible, leading up to a shoot.  Not just my scenes, the whole dang thing. I like to slip into the world I’m living in, and I want to know every beat of the whole thing. The more I read, the more I work the text, the easier it is to let it go when we get there; to jump into the sand box and start to play with my co-workers. 

*Where would we find you in your spare time?

At home! I’m a complete home body.  I love to cook, I love working in my garden, and I love hosting.  A few friends over for dinner with some amazing wine, and some flowers I grew on the table?! Say less. 

*Best advice you’ve ever been given? 

“In the course of a life time, what does it matter?”  I think about that one a lot, as an over thinker.  It’s a good reminder for me that little things I can get hung up on are not so massive. 

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Kimberley Crossman

Kimberley Crossman is a kiwi actress, author, and presenter. Oh and you are currently on her website reading a blog she has written.

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