Since 12 years of age, Indra Bartona had a fascination with meditation, spirituality, and personal growth. It all started with reading many of her parent’s books including, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, by Norman Vincent Peale. Often, Indra followed along as her mother sat in lotus pose meditating and also practicing yoga. This curiosity has been a lifelong journey of balancing spiritual and personal growth while pursuing a career in business and entertainment.
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Indra had a passion for the entertainment business from as far back as she can remember when singing, ballet dancing, playing the violin, modeling and acting took center stage in her life growing up. Her talent for producing developed using the ‘tried and true’ ‘hands-on’ production approach when Indra created an original Music Show ‘MPump’ for a Cable network in Sydney, Australia.
After graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor’s in Business, Indra temporarily put aside her entertainment production hat and set her sights on an international business career that took her to Sydney, London, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles as a consultant/project manager for various multi-national companies.
But the pull of the entertainment industry once again took hold and producing has become a full-time career. After completing a season of ‘Music Pump Unsigned’ and producing some short films, ‘The Set-Up” which won awards at The Las Vegas International Film Festival, and also “Architects of Crime” won The Stellar Adler Award for Excellence in Film and ‘The Night Out’.
The first feature film completed was produced in Australia,’I.C.U.’ a horror/thriller, also an early starring role for Margot Robbie. Later to follow was another Australian feature film project the zombie thriller ‘Frenzy’ starring John Jarrat. Indra forging ahead with her latest feature film in development, a comedy while enjoying the journey of running the Positivity Vibe Tribe brand that ties to my Lifestyle show, Twitter Spaces, and Wisdom platforms, plus a Podcast on Anchor/Spotify.
Why is it important to keep a positive mindset in the entertainment industry and how do you keep your positive energy going?
Indra: Living in Los Angeles has been an incredible adventure on so many levels. It’s an overwhelming place when you first arrive, but in time you learn the lay of the land and how it all works. Like many careers, being a producer in Hollywood requires dedication. Finding your way is not the easiest of tasks. My journey of positivity started at 12 years of age when I began reading my parents’ self-growth books.
Years earlier at the age of five, though I didn’t realize it at the time, I started to learn to meditate with my mother. I developed a fascination with and appreciation for spirituality and self-growth. The entertainment industry has given me support and has helped balance the ebbs and flows of the business. I do my daily meditation and gratitude practices in the mornings and evenings to keep my positive energy flowing and to recharge myself.
What are you currently working on and what can we be on the lookout for?
Indra: I’m currently working on a few projects. My Positivity Vibe Tribe Lifestyle Show is a pilot idea I’m producing and hosting on YouTube. It ranges from guest interviews, guided meditations, and affirmations, plus sharing the knowledge I’ve been learning throughout my life on self-growth. This show concept supports my life-long learning in the self-growth area and is a perfect marriage with my role as a producer. I’ve been working with my production team to craft the positive lifestyle show into something unique so as to be of service to others. I host three audio shows in Twitter Spaces weekly with my Positivity Vibe Tribe Community.
The other project in the development phase is a romantic comedy feature film. This project has been so much fun especially as the team is made of incredible professionals. There is a great dynamic in the team and much laughter as we work on the storyline and the creative process. We are expected to be commencing principal photography next year although the schedule is still in motion with early stages of consideration in terms of directors and other talent.
Another project completed recently is a short film called “The Night Out”. It’s a proof-of-concept film in the thriller category. The story is based on a real life event of two girls who planned a night out and woke up to an uninvited surprise. We have recently been accepted into the Iconic Images Film Festival as well as The UK Film Review Festival.
What are some best practice tips you can share with anyone who wants to tap into their personal growth and spirituality?
Indra: The personal growth and spirituality path for each person is so individual and unique as no two people will have the same life experiences. A best practice tip is to start from where you are currently and to ask yourself where you feel you need to focus. A great way to do this is to sit quietly in solitude and write down your thoughts preferably with pen and paper.
There’s no right or wrong way, but to be present and have an open heart and mind to the possibilities. Personal growth and spirituality are synergistic. When we engage in self-reflection we identify areas for further focus. Meditation is a wonderful daily practice to rejuvenate your life and give you peace of mind and heart.
For busy people I recommend guided meditations as a way to surrender to the exercise and go on the journey by letting the music and words do the work while you listen in a state of receptivity and openness. I’ve created many guided meditations on my YouTube channel that are under ten minutes to cater to people with busy lives who may not have hours to sit in the lotus position and Zen out but still want the benefits.
Another practice to consider and include in a daily routine is affirmation work. It can be your favorite inspirational quotes to remind yourself of or the guided affirmation form I have created with visuals, music, and words, available on my YouTube channel.
What is a quote that you live by?
Indra: Quote 1:
“By sharing your positivity, you allow others to be inspired and create their own starlight.” — Indra Bartona
I create a lot of my own original quotes and more content can be seen of this nature on my Twitter account @Indra_Bartona.
“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine,
You create.” — Buddha
I resonate with a lot of the quotes from Buddha, especially this one as it relates to everything, I believe in. “Thoughts Become Things” is one of the shows I created on my YouTube series inspired by this quote, plus the “Attract Your Tribe” show topic. This Buddha quote is a principle I remember on a daily basis and notice how life flows when keeping this in mind.
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