I first “met” Writer/Director Minhal Baig on Twitter, when several people whose work I respect started recommending everyone follow her — a ringing endorsement in today’s tech-enabled climate. We connected shortly thereafter and I invited her to come on the podcast to discuss her new project, Hala.
Our discussion was multi-pronged and, in my opinion, full of a lot of great lessons. Minhal works hard, and has already absorbed several big lessons about life as a creative despite only being a few years out of college.
Topics discussed in this episode include:
- Entering the post-collegiate market as an artist
- The hard work before and around the creative stuff
- Sourcing out a more direct creative path (make your own work)
- Storytelling as a personal need
- The difference between trying to sell a script and trying to make a movie
- The difference in scope between shorts and features
- The importance of working on material that you love
- Throwing out the good stuff to get to the great stuff
- Supporting the movies you want to see
- Personal vulnerability as a storytelling necessity
Minhal’s a smart and talented filmmaker. We also talked about how she began to hone in on some of the above lessons as one of the inaugural fellows in the Blacklist Screenwriter’s Lab.
This episode is also available on iTunes.
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