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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
The Creative Outsiders

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/

Shivawn Hill

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/


Denise Hewett- Founder of Scriptd
October 16, 2017 07:13 PM PDT
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Denise is the Founder and CEO of Scriptd, a script database equalizing the entertainment industry. Previously Director of Sales and Marketing at famed nightclub, The Box. Seasoned television and digital producer who has worked on Ugly Betty, Sex and the City 2, with tenures at MTV and Endemol (Executive Producer). Bachelor's Degree from Gallatin at NYU.

Site is Scriptd.com
Social Handles are @scriptdinc for twitter and instagram. My personal is @deniselovehewett for instagram and @deniselovehewtt for twitter

One This Episode We Cover:
How she was able to get her foot in the door and work on Ugly Betty.

Getting a Job in the industry without having resources.

Why you need to read scripts.

How Scriptd benefits the indie world and screenwriters.

How Scriptd connects screenwriters to producers.

Alicia Rollins Creative Director - Script Development
October 09, 2017 10:15 AM PDT
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Alicia Rollins is a scientist, creative director, and author. Aliicia first nurtered her creativity through a 12-year matriculation through dance education which culminated as a competitive dancer at Southern University. After graduating with a degree in Biology and subsequently Clinical Lab Sciences, her work as a scientist began and her creative work continued. She began teaching dance and creating projects for authors and artists alike. Her specialties include choreography, development of creative content, photography, creative direction, video direction, and script development
Company's site is rsgmediaco.com

Oliver Tides- Cinematographer
October 02, 2017 07:06 PM PDT
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Oliver Tides is a Cinematographer from Southern California. She has a passion for helping others to become inspired by their own lives, and for working with a diverse client base. She often shoots with a Super 8M Film for her shorts to create a vintage feel, but is equally comfortable with modern equipment.

On This Episode:
How Oliver started making movies at the age of 13.

Sarah Hawkins - Independent Film Producer
September 25, 2017 06:48 PM PDT
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Sarah Hawkins is a creative producer, specializing in distribution and marketing. She is a freelance producer for the female-driven production company, Busted Buggy Entertainment, and works for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hawkins is also the co-owner of the Lancaster County based production company, Dadley Productions, and the co-founder of Pretty Thing, launching in 2018. 
In 2017 Hawkins produced the eight-part series, OR DIE TRYING, about millennial women in Hollywood, and the comedy-fantasy, proof-of-concept, Filling In. She is an active member in women in film circles, managing the inaugural year of Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival in 2015, and is slated to speak at this year’s Digital Hollywood "The Women's Summit." 

On this Episode we cover:
What is creative producing?
Filmmaking is collaborative process and how to work as a team.
Crowd Funding Don'ts
Learning hands for producing?

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