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EP. 19 - Malakai: Producer & Director Owner of Malakai Creative
February 12, 2018 01:13 PM PST
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Based out of Los Angeles & Phoenix, Malakai is a director & creative vested in visual storytelling that empowers those with a voice.  The goal for Malakai is to be all things fearless.  As a black woman, she knows that the current industry is sparse with a lack of representation and diversity.  Because of this, she forges forward by creating narratives for the bold and the brave.  Her short documentary film Black Girls Code has been showcased within the Cannes Film Festival: SFC, Langston Hughes AA Fest, Miami SciFi Fest, Chelsea Fest, Focus Forward  and other additional festival platforms.  As well as this, the film had special screenings at some of the top tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Salesforce.  
 In 2014 Malakai was awarded and honored as an “Extraordinary Woman of Color”, live on (ABC 15).   In 2015 she was tapped as the “filmmakers voice” to speak on a panel for SXSW Interactive on Instant Gratification, Media and technology. Her short documentary on instant gratification also screened with this panel experience. 
In this episode, we discuss:

Journey into Filmmaking, and how filmmaking choose her.
The first time she heard the term film director.
The importance of  women applying for film fellowships 
Creating without permission 
How she get involved in the project Black Girls Code 
Tips on starting your own Production Company
The Horizon Award and Lynette Howell Taylor along with Christine Vachon
How she's grown as a director in the past four years
Made In Her Image Nonprofit. https://www.madeinherimage.org/

What Malakai is watching right now? She's Gotta Have it www.netflix.com
What Malakai is reading right now? In Watermelon Sugar https://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Sugar-Richard-Brautigan/dp/1504759575
You can connect with Malakai on Facebook or Instagram https://www.directedbymalakai.com/

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Ep. 18 Kim Ray : Producer of GAGA Five Foot Two
January 29, 2018 05:10 PM PST
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Kim Ray is a writer, producer and director. She recently produced the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, that follows icon Lady Gaga. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and then was released worldwide on Netflix.

 What Kim is watching right now? The Crown 
What Kim is reading right now? Altered Carbon 

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Ep. 17 - Lori A. Butts of Eric O. Moody & Associates
January 15, 2018 02:17 PM PST
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Today’s guest is Lori A. Butts, of Eric O. Moody & Associates Law Firm. Ms. Butts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in 1993 and later received her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2000. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2001. Ms. Butts is an active member in good standing in the Virginia State Bar.
On this episode, we discuss:
Don’t be intimidated to work with a lawyer.
Determining if your lawyer is a good fit for you and what you specifically need as a filmmaker.
Do filmmakers depict lawyers correctly on television or the movies?
Getting out of the mindset that you can’t afford a lawyer.
Why you avoid sole proprietorship as a business entity.
Why contracts are a absolute must and avoiding using Legal Zoom.
Should you share your script, or creative idea?
What Lori is watching right now? Law & Order SVU
What Lori is reading right now? Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
You can connect with Lori on Facebook or Eric O. Moody & Associates
Legal Disclaimer:  All information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only.  Your listening to this podcast does not create an attorney-client relationship with me, Lori A. Butts, or Eric O. Moody & Associates.  If you have any specific questions, please consult with an attorney authorized to practice law in your jurisdiction.
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Ep. 16 - Minaa B.: Mental Health Maintenance for Filmmakers
January 05, 2018 11:48 AM PST
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Minaa B. is an author, writer, and licensed social worker. In 2016, Minaa debuted her first book Rivers are Coming, a compilation of essays and poems on healing from emotional wounds inflicted by depression and trauma. Through art and creative writing, Minaa learned how to overcome her battle with clinical depression and she creates inspirational and uplifting messages that she shares on her platforms to remind others that hope is not lost and we all have a chance to re-write our stories.
Minaa was born and raised in Queens NYC, and that is where she currently practices as a therapist and is always taking on new clients.
Minaa's goal is to offer hop to those who's stories have been erased and their voices made silent.
When Minaa is not writing for her website or working as a consultant doing psychotherapy, she is a freelance writer for the Huffington Post and Conscious Magazine. You can also find Minaa running her all natural skin care shop Sunday Mornings.

In this episode, we discuss:
How to develop your Inner Strength
Do filmmakers have a responsibility to depict therapy in the correct light?
Why you should avoid the superwoman syndrome
Redefining what self-care is.
The importance of Creatives being apart of a community.
Also mentioned in the Show:
Talk Space Online Therapy
What Minaa B. is watching? The Office
What Minaa B. is reading? Big Little Lies
Connect with Us:
Minaa B. on Instagram @minaa_b
Shivawn @shivawn_adrienne or @thecreativeoutsiders

Show Notes: https://thecreativeoutsiders.com/2018/01/02/ep-16-minaa-b-mental-health-maintenance-for-filmmakers-creatives/

Ep. 15: Nikkea Sharee of Kweli Legacy, LLC
December 12, 2017 01:29 PM PST
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Nikkea Sharee is the co-owner, producer, and creative director of Kweli Legacy, LLC.
Essence Magazine Best Selling Author Nikkea Sharee (formerly Nikkea Smithers) has been a multimedia force for over a decade. Her award winning novels span a variety of genres from drama, romance, murder mystery, poetry and even young adult fiction. A noted spoken word artist, she has performed on stages from NY to LA.

On This Episode We Chat About:
How Nikkea handles being an extreme artist.
Why turning down an opportunity from a producer of a major network was a power move.
Conducting business as a new producer and being able to handle herself in meetings with networks.
Money not being a factor because relationships matter.
Platform rundown. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Direct https://videodirect.amazon.com/ YouTube, Vimeo and Gum Road https://gumroad.com/
What is Kweli Legacy looking for in projects. https://www.kwelilegacy.com/

Kristinia Budelis Cofounder of Kitsplit
November 30, 2017 07:52 AM PST

KitSplit is making gear rentals more enjoyable and affordable for a huge community of artists and filmmakers. Called “the Airbnb of cameras” by Forbes , No Film School , and Fast Company , our community marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of top notch equipment, including production companies, individuals, and rental houses.
KitSplit saves time and money with a streamlined rental process. Renters can search across thousands of vendors at once, buy shoot insurance on the spot, and order on-demand delivery and pickup. Equipment owners can safely make money renting gear out to vetted and fully insured professionals.

Previously, Kristinia was a video and multimedia producer at The New Yorker. As the second full-time member of the video department, she helped build the then-young department, worked on hundreds of  video and multimedia stories from start to finish, and managed the relaunch of a new video hub at video.newyorker.com. She got to direct, product and edit video and multimedia packages on a wide range of subjects, from Strandbeests to a Webby-nominated project on human rights in Egypt...and got to work with luminaries like Gay Talese, Joyce Carol Oates, and Woody Allen. 
She's also done freelance photography and video work for clients including Vogue, The Guardian, JP Morgan, and Makerbot. Some of the Projects that she's worked on have been featured in Slate, NewYorker.com, and GQ, and honored by The Webbys, Picture of the Year International, FotoWeek DC, PIEA, and more; and in 2017 I was named a Forbes "30 Under 30" in media. 

On This Episode we Cover:
Kitsplit started off with a different company name.
Why Kitsplit was formed?
What makes Kitsplit different from other rental companies?
The process of renting from Kitsplit.
Why community is an important piece of the Kitsplit model.
The importance of building storytellers.
Launching in Hollywood.
Managing their growth and success.
Utilizing Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator https://www.eranyc.com/

Website - www.kitsplit.com
Social - @kitsplit on twitter and Instagram
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Jennifer Heslop-Arts Consultant- Film Coordinator Episode 13
November 14, 2017 01:30 PM PST

Jennifer has 20 + years of project management experience in the arts, media and entertainment and has worked, partnered and collaborated with several organizations including Museum of Impact, Susan Batson Studios, UrbanErotika, MTV, VH1, WBLS/WLIB Radio Stations, Make Up For Ever, S.O.B's World Music Club, Reel Sisters Film Festival to name a few. She is currently in her third year as Film Coordinator for the
 Reel Sisters Film Festival. 
She is an arts consultant to new and transitioning entrepreneurs about business development, brand identity and action strategies.
Jennifer also presents the motivateArt Lecture Series, an informational series educating artists and creatives on effective business practices.
“Jennifer's agency and her work ethic epitomize the adage that "it is no longer 'Show Business' when an artist chooses to make a living with his/her gifts. It is now 'Business, Show.'

On This Episode we Cover:
Why she choose the entertainment industry?
How working for PR landed her at MTV/VH1
Starting as a PA and working her way up.
Why being a creative doesn't mean you have to be a starving artist.
The importance of being strategic in the industry.
Deciding your value as a creative.
All creative industries have a basic business structure and why you shouldn't forget that.

Jennifer Heslop www.instagram.com/motivateart/

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LaKesha Lorene - Producer - Director Episode 12
November 09, 2017 09:02 AM PST
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From a young age, LaKesha knew she loved performing, yet had no idea how much the arts would become a part of her life as destiny continued to reveal her life's purpose. From off-broadway beginnings as a spirited 8-year old in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, LaKesha would go on to continue diversifying her entertainment career as a young adult.
The actress/singer is the proud CEO of entertainment production company Loving Life Productions LLC. Through the company she not only continues to serve the entertainment world with quality, Christ centered entertainment, but enjoys giving other talented actors the opportunity to shine. 

On This Episode we Covered:
Why Filmmaking?
How Being an Actress positioned her to be a better director. And she suggests every director to take an acting class
Juggling the roles of an actress, director and running her production company.
Why she started a production company?
How did she get people to take her serious as a new production company?
Dispelling the myth that there are only filmmakers in Hollywood.
How did she gain commercial clients?
The key to getting into producing
Completing the film Lost.

LaKesha Lorene https://www.lakeshalorene.com/
Loving Life Productions
Instagram www.instagram.com/lakeshalorene/

Shivawn Hill

Fanny Veliz - Filmmaker Episode 11
October 31, 2017 08:42 AM PDT
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Fanny Véliz is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and director with more than 14 years experience in the business. Véliz has worked in both traditional and digital media for a vast array of brands, including Ford and Nissan. She also produced two seasons of the TV show “Doctor Vet” for National Geographic which aired in the U.S. and all over Latin America.
One of her latest projects is her award-winning feature film HOMEBOUND which received a theatrical release and numerous awards and traveled the country as well as abroad. Throughout the years, she has learned the ins and outs of creating a project from scratch and using non-traditional methods to fund, produce, and distribute. She's bringing that knowledge to her clients at Avenida Productions.

On This Episode we Cover:
Her reason for starting film was to help end stereotypes.
Establishing a Production Company, www.avenida.tv
Teaching her self to produce.
Why representation matters.
How distribution works in the indie world.
Using the platform Tugg www.tugg.com
Crowd Funding and working with her client John Leguizamo "Latin History for Morons.
Raising over 700,000 in a year for crowd funding projects.

Fanny Veliz www.fannyveliz.com
Instagram www.instagram.com/fannyveliz/
Facebook www.facebook.com/avenidaproductions/?fref=ts

Shivawn Hill

Tomeka Winborne - Filmmaker Episode 10
October 23, 2017 12:38 PM PDT
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In 2014, Winborne developed Lavender Reel Media Group, LLC /Lavender Reel Publishing, a production and media services company, producing commercials, documentaries and other film projects of commercial clients as well as her own. That same year, Tomeka was commissioned to co-produce a documentary entitled, “IN PLAIN SIGHT: HUMAN TRAFFICKING” for Cox Creative.
To date she has written and produced five and directed four short films. She would later serve on the board of the  Hampton Roads Chapter of the  Virginia Production Alliance in 2015. Most recently, Tomeka became a founding board member of the Alliance of Women Directors – Atlanta Chapter.

On This Episode we Cover:
Transitioning from an Author to a filmmaker.

Investing her money into film projects rather than film school.

Tips on building your skills as a screenwriter.

How working with Monty Ross assisted in developing her skills on how to look a films

How to find your filmmaking crew.

Moving to Atlanta the New Hollywood.

Balancing a 9 to 5 and filmmaking

Instagram www.instagram.com/tomekawinborne/


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