Growing up in Queens, New York, Stephanie Rance always questioned why things were believed to be “this way” instead of “that way,” and why she couldn’t create something different. Later, throughout her career in the music industry and later in film, that curiosity propelled her into situations where she was comfortable jumping in feet first with more questions than answers. As an entrepreneur, this serves her, but there were moments throughout her journey, when all didn’t go as planned.



On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Stephanie — who is the co-founder of the now-16-year-old Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival — talks about jumping in feet first (for better or worse), how to overcome massive disappointments, and why the universe throws you curve balls.



On this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The value of having the courage to leap.
  • How connections take you the long way.
  • How she created an annual event that’s 16 years strong.
  • What you need to have in place to get sponsors for your event.
  • How to recognize when your side hustle should become your full-time focus.




Find out more about the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival at


Find out more about the Color of Conversation film series.


Connect with Stephanie Rance and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival at…

Facebook: @runandshootfilmworks 

Instagram: @mvaff

Twitter: @mvfilmfestival



Pratt Institute

Do the Right Thing


Frank Sinatra

Jon Secada

Gang Starr


Tony Bennett

Patti LaBelle

Lena Horne


Melky Sedeck

Code magazine

Larry Flynt


Keith Clinkscales

Martell Cognac

Martha’s Vineyard


Men of Honor


Sundance Film Festival

Toronto Film Festival

TriBeCa Film Festival



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