@kaayla_whachell

 

1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?

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I wanted to create films that I wanted to see, to showcase women truthfully. When I was a teenager, I didn’t realized that film was basically overrun with males, but when I started to notice this, I realized this is why I rarely related to the female characters I saw on screen.

 

2) What’s a defining moment in your life?

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The moment I realized that film can allow any individual to escape from reality, but also change the viewer’s opinion. I knew since I was ten, that film was my path. It was an art form that I wanted to contribute to for the rest of my life.

 

3) What is your biggest concern with the future?

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Making sure my career doesn’t take away the things that are important to me, like my friends and family. I make films because it makes me happy, there is a drive within me and I never want to lose that happiness.

 

4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?

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Watching my cinematography in a packed movie theatre and having my idols call me a Cinematographer. I was always afraid of calling myself a Cinematographer, because I didn’t believe I was good enough to deserve the title, even though I saw all my male peers gladly defining themselves. I no longer struggle with my title, even though many men do when I tell them it.

 

5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?

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No matter what you do, people are going to judge you and treat you differently than your male counterparts. The one thing to remember, is to never make a decision based on their judgement; always speak and act your own truth. Remember to support your fellow filmmakers and that film has the power to invoke thought.

 

6) What, if anything, do you collect?

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Vintage clothes!

 

7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?

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I have my first feature this upcoming summer. I’m so nervous, but gave myself the goal to shoot one project a month till then. This month I’m shooting 4 and I hope to never stop learning and growing as a filmmaker.

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