To shift gears a bit, I know it can be very mentally overwhelming for those of us in the creative field to go through these extreme lulls in work, and extreme highs in business- how do you deal with that?
It’s weird working in the creative field. You might have two-three months off between projects or seasons of a show. You can put so much work in and not see it go anywhere, but then that work will come back to you six months later. You really have to create your own schedule. It’s a crazy industry. People will ask you to start a job tomorrow on the other side of the country. You also really can’t beat yourself up all the time when things fall through or there are gaps in working, you just have to keep moving forward. It really does get easier. It’s advice that really doesn’t help at the time, but the work you put in now, you really will see the results eventually. You will never regret doing the work.
So, as a woman, especially in film and especially right now with the women’s movements going on within the film industry, what in your life makes you feel powerful?
I work with two women who are amazing advocates and incredible filmmakers, who showed me it’s possible to bring radical empathy to real journalism. Having mentors like Erin and Sarah really changed my perspective about the industry.
It’s not easy to find, but one of the best things you can do in the creative industry is find mentors. There isn’t a clear path to advancing in the creative industry, so you need someone there to give you feedback, to bounce ideas off of, and to push you.
You can watch both At The Heart of Gold and I Love You, Now Die on HBO.