Writer/actor Sujata Day (HBO’s INSECURE) talks about how she used the internet to launch her career and make a short film.
Key Insights

  • The internet is a great way to tell your story, especially if you come from a community often underrepresented in mainstream media.
  • Don’t think that you have to live in a major city to make films and get your project noticed. Use your location to your advantage when crafting your story. Available technology will support filmmaking from anywhere in the world. 
  • Social media is a wonderful conduit for connecting with like-minded people outside of your immediate circle. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and strike up conversations with someone you’d like to get to know. 
  • Creating content for the web allows for a lot of creative freedom, is low risk, and is often very inexpensive to produce. Do what you can and reach out to your circle of friends or peers to help support you, even if they are not filmmakers. Just create. 
  • Share your work and ideas and don't get stuck in getting to perfect - even if it's not the thing that will make or break your career, it contributes to your overall body of work and is always a learning experience.

Sujata Day
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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