Felicia Pride has always been a writer and an advocate for creatives. But after penning six acclaimed books, writing a short film and building a community for creatives of color, the longtime journalist let it go and started doing work that was anything but writing. “About four years ago, I wasn’t writing or creating,” she says. “In fact, I made a career out of doing everything but writing or creating. Eventually, though, I came to a crossroads. Either, I was going to try one last time to become a full-time creator, or I was going to get a good government job in communications. The former scared the mess out of me, but the latter scared me more.
Today, Felicia is a writer on Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, co-writer and executive producer of the upcoming 2019 feature film REALLY LOVE, starring Kofi Siriboe, Naturi Naughton and Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba, produced by Charles D. King’s MACRO, and she owns her own production company, Felix & Annie. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Felicia shares the importance of having a real relationship with the work, why plan B can make you too comfortable, and how to make a creative comeback and enjoy your second act.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Why she believes in second chances.
- Big misconceptions about Hollywood
- Why the most important thing is your relationship with the work.
- How to build your portfolio for a writing position on a television show.
- How to stay focused and release expectations.
- How to build your portfolio.
- How to have your creative comeback.
- Why creatives need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs.
VISIT FELICIA PRIDE AT feliciapride.com.
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Instagram for Honey Chile, her project for Gen X women: https://www.instagram.com/hnychile/
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