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Issue #45 – Apprentices in Action

Weekly Newsletter

by L. Swift and Jeff McQ

Apprentices in Action
  Parushka Moodley recently relocated from South Africa to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of working in film. So far, she’s making it happen in record time. We had just a few minutes to bounce a few questions her way. Here’s the lowdown.   Parushka MoodleyRRF: Do you feel more confident about your abilities to do film and navigate the industry now than you did before you started the program?   PM: Oh definitely! I feel much more comfortable in the Hollywood environment; I know where to look for work and the type of work that I am looking for.   RRF: What misconceptions do people have about the way the film industry works? What ADVICE would you give to people who want to get started in film?   PM: The major misconception people have is that making movies is all fun and games – it’s actually really hard work. The amount of time and effort that goes into making a film is unparalleled and it’s because you never see what goes on behind the scenes. Do some research into what it is you want to do, observe the people you wish to imitate, shadow a person of interest so you can get the feel of what it is like to actually work in film.   RRF: Was your mentor instrumental in your success?   PM: Without a doubt! My mentor (Daniel Sollinger) has truly helped me navigate the murky waters of Hollywood, he has introduced me to many contacts and opened a lot of doors for me. He has introduced me to the inner workings of film production machine, and I have learned so much! My writing mentor (Sandy Stern) has also been wonderful and has guided me tremendously through the writing process and helped me with the bouncing of ideas and the flow of my story.   RRF: Have anything else you’d like to share with us?   PM: I am truly grateful for this experience – it has been life changing.   Learn more about aspiring writer and director Parushka Moodley at www.parushkamoodley.com   


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