- Why did you decide to work in this industry?
I have always loved stories! I grew up making theatre and studied it into university. I soon realized that the audiences I wanted to reach were waiting beyond the scope of what I could achieve with theatre so transitioned into film and television a few years ago. I think that powerful stories resonate with us and allow us to reflect critically about the world presented to us on screen. A good film or series can sit with you for years, influence your life and choices and ultimately change the world. I want to be a part of the narrative shaping that change!
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
Sitting in a theatre classroom in university for a course I had taken as an elective and realizing that politically based theatre existed, specifically Forum Theatre. I was studying political science at the time because I thought that degree would be the best way I could make an impact on the world. The moment I realized I could use art (something that I loved) to influence real change I immediately added Theatre as a second major in my undergraduate degree and went on to pursue a masters in theatre studies. I have never looked back!
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
Climate Change. But in terms of my career, I know that the media landscape is shifting so rapidly and I want to be able to stay on top of trends and continue to find audiences for my work. The Five in Focus program has been great in helping mentor us though our own IP creation and providing amazing resources, sponsors and technology for us to utilize during our film production. I hope to be able to use this momentum to continue to grow and adapt to whatever the future may hold.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
2019 has been an amazing year for me. In addition to being selected as the producer for the Five in Focus Program to create an original animated short film, I am part of a group of women who was awarded the national Harold Greenberg Shorts to Features Grant. We are producing a live action short film to air on Bell Media in 2021, and have also received development funding as part of the grant, with additional funding from Creative BC, to develop our feature script.
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Keep doing what you love. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but eventually you will see yourself start achieving the things you set out to do and it will be incredibly rewarding.
6) What do you collect, if anything?
I collect nerdy earrings and scarves with geeky prints like star wars and marvel! Love wearing little pieces of my favourite fandoms where ever I go.
7) Where can people find out more about you on social media? What is next for you in your career?
What is next for you in your career? You can keep up with my work on Instagram using @akonkin86 I also post on twitter @akonkin and have a website: www.amandakonkin.ca
My next short film H.appiness will be premiering in early 2020 thanks to support from the Harold Greenberg Shorts to Features Grant.