Isa Mazzei (@isaiswrong) is a writer, producer, and former sex worker based in Los Angeles. Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Film 2018” and Paper Magazine’s “People Taking over 2019”, Isa has also been featured in GQ, Nylon, Esquire, Playboy, OUT Magazine, and Vice. Isa graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature, and went on to write and produce Blumhouse’s Cam, now on Netflix. Her memoir, Camgirl will be released on November 12th from Rare Bird Books, and she is currently in development on her second feature film.
- Cam Rewrites the Script for Sex Workers in Horror
- Cam Brilliantly Depicts the Complicated Horrors of Our Digital Age
- I studied Italian and Russian Futurism in college and I still mine those movements often. They're fascinating looks at the basis of misogyny, fascism the tension between the natural world and the sci-fi aesthetic of technology. Writers: Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Marinetti's Manifesto on Futurism.
- Reddit! I love reading all the creepy and scary stories on r/nosleep for example.
- Sex workers who are destigmatizing the industry on social media through their art. I follow a lot of activists who give me daily inspiration to push myself, question my beliefs, and work to change the status quo. Two great examples: Jacq the Stripper and @caringerin.
- Tik Tok: An app similar to Vine. It's interesting to see the world outside of my tiny social sphere and engage with fads, trends, what people are listening to, how people are engaging with politics and pop-culture conversations.
- For every film I work on I build a "movie soup" of the movies that make up the inspiration backbone of the project. I then watch them before starting, and while writing and don't really watch anything else so that my headspace is fully immersed. For example, the movie soup for Cam included Whiplash, Showgirls, Dead Ringers, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Fincher), Morvern Callar, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Cache, It Follows, Videodrome, Requiem For a Dream.
- My community: Every idea, pitch deck, script or book chapter I write I send to multiple people to read for feedback. I absolutely don't work in a vacuum and I find the more people I talk to, the more I learn and grow as an artist and as an activist.
- Poetry: I find poetry really thought-provoking and refreshing. I don't often write poetry but I find it really useful to break me out of writer's block. Current favorite: Hanif Willis-Abdurraquib.
- Horror/thriller movie soundtracks! I listen to music that matches the tone of the script or scene I am working on. Current favorite: Good Time OST.