By Taroue Brooks
What has your college experience been like thus far at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)?
College has been a great experience, so far. During the two years that I’ve spent at SCAD as a student, and the previous summer programs I’ve attended, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what drives my creative process. My experiences have confirmed my career choice and I’m glad that this was my choice.
What would you like to be when you graduate from SCAD and Why?
I’d like to be a director. I like taking an idea and bringing it to life. Adjusting and actor’s positioning or asking them to change the tone of their voice can make or break a scene. Working with casting to select the “right” person for a role is a huge responsibility because it makes you look beyond someone’s exterior image. You must see that they can bring a character to life. I get excited about the creativity involved with taking a thought, concept or a story and delivering it for others to see.
If you can produce a film right now, what would it be about and who would star in it?
I’ve always wanted to make a series, whether it be television or movies, that people get emotionally attached to. Something like “The Walking Dead” or the Marvel franchise. It ends up feeling like a community to others who also enjoy it. My first main character would have to be Idris Elba. He has a certain intensity with his presence in all of his movies.
What companies do you desire work with as an intern? And, why?
Of course, as a black woman, I’d like to begin my journey with a minority owned production company. I find that there is value in supporting people of color because there aren’t a lot of jobs that are “for us”. Something that I despise is seeing someone that is made up to look like another race or individual. This means that there are huge numbers of African American actors to play black roles. There are plenty of American Indian actors to fill those roles. We are no longer in a place where we must conform people to roles. I’ve always been a fan of Tyler Perry, Spike Lee and most recently Ava DuVernay. Those are the heavy hitters that I am familiar with. I am also interested in some YouTube media companies, mainly Buzzfeed and Jubilee Media. They both make content about current happenings in the world or even on what we may consider to be taboo topics. I also have noticed that BET has evolved into a platform that has become available for all and somewhat more diverse in their programming. I saw recently that they are hosting the NAACP Image Awards for the first time in 2020 and that is a huge credit to their success.
What kind of internship would you like to have?
I’d like to have an internship that I can return to when I have breaks throughout the year from school. I think it’s important to be able to maintain consistency to learn the craft and to not jump around. I would be open to visiting any opportunity that arises but looking for a long-term commitment.
What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is “Zombieland”. I’ve always had a soft spot for apocalyptic movies and the different stories that people come up with. It became a genre that both my dad and I enjoy watching together.
What do you feel will make your talent shine the brightest given the popularity of the film industry?
I think that I have the talent to look at things with a fresh outlook. I don’t like being like the rest and I pride myself on being able to look outside of the box. I want to be able to see things that are abstract and make them interesting to not only a certain type of viewer, but to make it attractive to all that see it. I like conversation pieces. I am looking forward to making others see my view and appreciate it.