In the previous article, “God Complex: Artemis”, you learned about a cool indie production created by Tara Chadwick and Wendy Woody. However, let’s go deeper into a production and all of its bells and whistles. Learn the skinny from one of the movies producers, Carolina Azevedo.
Carolina is a graduate of Austin College and received her Master’s at Ashford University in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She loves to stay busy. When she’s not running around at Cafe Brazil in Carrollton, Texas or Eno’s Pizza Tavern in Bishop Arts, she’s working with her dad at Sil Azevedo Photography and producing great films.
Her recent works include “God Complex: Artemis” with Tara Chadwick and Wendy Woody of 55 Mile Entertainment and the pending project, “The Model Man”.
As an independent film producer (from the school of Hard Knocks), she’s learned a thing or two about bringing a production together.
1 On 1 with Carolina Azevedo Part I
KD: Hi Carolina! Thanks for your time. Please explain your role as co-producer.
CA: My role as co-producer is to primarily seek funding for the film. I plan and execute fundraisers in support of the films as well as work to
market the film by attending local film events, talking to others in the industry, and connecting with potential investors.
KD: What do you enjoy the most about being a producer?
The best part of being a producer is the networking. I love talking with people about their dreams and projects and I love talking about my own!
Part of my job as producer is to talk about my project…how fun is that?
KD: It sounds like great fun. Before we begin, let’s start with your favorite quote. What is it, and why?
CA: I have tons of favorite quotes – particularly. I value wisdom of great people who have been able to achieve their dreams. Mark Twain is
always one of my favorites, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make
you feel that you, too, can become great.”
When you are venturing out into a field or job that is new to you, do not let others or your fears get in the way of your success. Embrace the
opportunities that life gives you and do all that you can with your talents to realize your dreams.
KD: If you could change one thing about your entertainment career, what would it be?
CA: The hardest part of an entertainment career for me is figuring out how to make money! We all have to live, pay bills, etc. so overcoming this
financial challenge would benefit many people I know who are also in the film business. Many people in Dallas donate a lot of time to
volunteering, few actually live solely from film.
KD: What was the hardest lesson to learn about producing? What steps did you take to be better prepared for it on current and future projects?
Sil Azevedo Photography
CA: The hardest lesson to learn about producing is that it is a multi-faceted job. You have to learn to balance several roles and wear many hats
in order to be successful. The most difficult part of producing a movie is becoming a “business woman.” Networking and marketing a movie
comes easily for me, however, making business decisions and asking for money, takes time. In order to prepare myself for the next time, I have
to exercise this business role, I have been reading books and articles about it from people who do it successfully and implementing this new
knowledge into my own method.