Hi and welcome Ariecan Productions! Will you first introduce who is behind Ariecan? Tell us a little more about how you first got into producing film?
Thank you for that awesome welcome. We are Larry & Leonard both born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I’m (Larry) the oldest of four kids raised by my grandmother who meant the absolute world to me. I’m also a self-published author of my first memoir called ‘The Mask’. In the book I talk about my tumultuous childhood and how I overcame obstacles that led me to where I am today. And I’m (Leonard) the oldest of five kids raised by my mom and grandmother. I’m working full time, in college finishing my master’s degree in Business Administration and operating ArieCan whew I’m busy lol. It started in late 2016 when we wanted to be extras in a web series we saw, and we kept reaching out. No one ever responded so we decided to create our own web series. We had no idea what we were doing lol but it all turned out great. And we’ve been hooked ever since.
Let’s talk shop. Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our film career started five (5) years ago. We had no idea what we were doing. All we knew was we wanted to create a series. No one would help us, we reached out to other creators, and nobody ever responded so we just looked things up on YouTube and Google. We were forced to do everything on our own and that was one of the biggest blessings for us. Here we are five years later and the growth and progress is like night and day. This past weekend (2/19/22) we had our fifth sold out movie theater premiere. We had the honor to debut our two new shows Dear Diary (comedy) and Secrets (drama) and the response has been phenomenal. So, we would like to tell the community whatever your passion is, go for it. Don’t let fear or the word NO stop you from making your dreams a reality.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration and where do you find motivation when things get rough?
The biggest inspiration for us right now is the word NO. I say that because every time we hear that word it lights a fire up under us to prove people wrong. Being told NO is what started ArieCan Productions. Sometimes people hear the word no and be so discouraged but for us it’s just another hurdle to climb because failure is not an option.
Is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to each of you?
The slogan “It starts with a dream” became our way of life.
What would you say to aspiring producers in the industry wanting to get started?
Just do it. Don’t wait for anyone to tell you YES. You are your own YES. If this is something you are passionate about and want to do, just go for it. So many dreams are wasted because the dreamer slept on their dreams instead of chasing and creating them.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
Our new drama Secrets is going to be the best thing that will happen to you in 2022. The drama Secrets revolves around the halo of backstabbing, cheating, lust, and revenge. The direction of this drama will really impress its audience and the script will give them goosebumps. Is Ariel the mastermind behind the disappearance of her fiancé? Secrets is filled with dark secrets and scandals. Our new comedy Dear Diary follows three best friends each enjoying life in their own way. From Tony living his life dating and enjoying one-night stands to Antwan relying totally on self-discovery and lastly, the dysfunctional love life of Donte. This comedy is all about this incredible group of friends and their life which will let you explore what it means to be a dude!
What is the best way to keep up with what you have going on and check out your films?
You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok @ariecanproductions and on Twitter @ariecanproduct1. You can also stream our shows on our website www.ariecanproductions.com