By Troue Brooks
Tell us about your company and services.
What inspired you to create content for the big screen?
I have always wanted to tell stories, like most creative writers. But I also felt like my voice and perspective was needed. I had a unique small-town upbringing and I wanted to see those stories represented. People like me who sometimes need to be reminded that anything is possible no matter where you start.
How do you handle the competitiveness in the entertainment industry?
I think competition can be healthy if it serves as motivation. But honestly at the end of the day who are you competing with? Every story is important and reaches to certain people. What one movie may do for some, another movie may do for others. So, there is no real thing as competition in this business, there is room at the table for everyone.
Which one of your projects are you most proud of and why?
My first film, The Final Project, I think will always be the one that is the most special to me. I worked so hard to make that project happen. Here I was, new and with no idea of how to begin. Next thing you know, I’m looking at my film in the theater. That was a crash course in Film that put me on my path that I’m on today.
What project are you working now?
Right now we have a few projects in the fire. The most advanced is the pending release of my sophomore feature film, Hallowed Be Thy Name. We are working on a distribution plan that will see HBTN in the theaters March, 2020.
What has been the most difficult thing you had to overcome?
The biggest thing that I had to overcome was myself. I was so afraid to put myself out there with my work and receive criticism. But once I realized that critics are there to motivate and that no matter what they say I’m still going to create, everything just cleared and now I’m bulletproof.
Tell us about your nonprofit.
I started a non-profit called The RAZE Foundation. The purpose of RAZE is to dismantle the generational bias of homelessness through educational awareness and use that same education to restore homeless people back into functioning and contributing members of society.
What advice do you have for others who have a passion/dream within?
My advice would be to silence the noise around you. If you truly believe that what you are doing or meant to do is great than your current situation, follow that voice. Everyone will have an opinion and you won’t be able to please everyone no matter what, so just do what you need to do to get where you want to be. Educate yourself and grow within your craft and everything will fall into place.
Where do you see yourself the next five years?
I see myself running my own STUDIO helping other talented indie filmmakers finding ways to get themselves out here and make an impact with their work!