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Meet Film Maker Natasha Adams

For TUhe Uninspired Woman: In celebration of Black history Month, we thought it would be a great idea to empower our readers with strong black women who have a story to tell or an interesting career path. If you’re interested in the film making industry, a fan of webisodes or a fan Natasha adams please feel free to be inspired by this weeks post. 

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Meet Natasha Adams

How has your upbringing shaped the woman you are today ?

Growing up in London you are exposed to so many different characters, cultures, personalities, the good, the bad and the ugly. London is amazing, it’s so diverse that everyone you meet has a story which broadens your outlook on life. My upbringing has definitely made me open minded but more importantly it has given me the drive to succeed in anything I put my mind to.

Who’s your favourite film director ? 

That is difficult because I like a few for their specific styles. I like Paul Haggis who made ‘Crash’ but I really like John Singleton for the impact he made and path he created for Black directors like myself. 

How important is a support system (in terms of being a mum and balancing everything ?

It’s really important to have a good support system. I am lucky that I come from a family of creatives so everyone understands the work rate. Being a new Mum hasn’t really hindered me, I plan ahead so everything works quite well. If anything being a new Mum has given me more material LOL.

Film Making

What sparked your interest in the film industry ? 

Initially I started writing because I couldn’t relate to a lot of the content that was on TV at the time.

How important is studying the craft and knowing the correct terminology?

Very. I think it’s extremely important to know the business side of this industry. It’s all fun and games writing, producing and directing a film but there’s so much more that I think new filmmakers underestimate.

In your opinion what are the top 3 characteristics of a director ? 

I think the most important trait would have to be – Creative. Don’t be afraid to try new styles and take risks. The second is probably, communication. Yeah that’s important too. The third is leadership. You will be looked at to guide the project and navigate it through to the end. When things go wrong people will look for you LOL.

 

Growing Pains

What have you learnt that you wish you knew when starting the project ? 

 

I could list a lot of things but I would say delegate. You can’t do everything yourself. I also think I would have started with a smaller cast and then expanded later too.

How do you calm yourself when faced with challenging personalities?

That’s another thing I’ve learned – don’t panic. Unexpected things happen. Nowadays I don’t stress I just find a solution or change it because it’s all a part of the process.

Who’s your favourite character and why ?

I would say ‘Jackson’. He is a complex character. Tyler who plays him has done it justice. The character has so many layers and every season I am excited to see where I can take him.

 

Inspire

What advice would give to a young adult, day dreaming in her bed wishisg she could be a film maker but didnt have the right connections ? 

 

I would say, build a team of like-minded people and plan. If I can do it- anyone can. I did not come from a film background but have been consistent and worked hard. I would also say reach out to others, don’t be afraid to ask for help or mentorship.

What’s next for Tash  ?

I have the 3rd season of Growin Pains Webseries coming out in November 2019. My first short film following after that. I’m currently working on a film project with Lisa Maffia so look out of that coming next year. 2020 I have more films coming out so it’s going to be a good year!

What’s your favourite quote ?

“Just because I carry it well, doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy”

 

You can find Natasha on instagram here

 

If you liked this then you’ll like a similar post from our archives. We interviewd music video director Ashleigh Jadee click here to read it. See you next week Monday for an exclusive interview with Poet Sophia Thakur. 

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