Filmmaker Allen Wolf interviews Sheryl J. Anderson, the Creator and Executive Producer of the Netflix show, Sweet Magnolias. They talk about how she started as a storyteller, the way her life experience made her uniquely qualified to create this hit show, and how faith has played a crucial role for her as an artist. She also talks about what's important in her life and how she has been able to get where she is today. Watch the video on YouTube.
On writing Sweet Magnolias, Sheryl explains, "We had a running joke in the writer's room that we wanted to make the audience laugh out loud once an episode, cry once an episode, and then whatever they wanted to do in between was fine. But the running joke became that we wanted to do that to each other every day in the room and we laughed a lot together and we cried a lot together."
Allen ends the interview by asking about the cliffhanger in Sweet Magnolias. "Who was in the car?" See more at NavigatingHollywood.org.
Host and filmmaker Allen Wolf interviews editor Harry Yoon about his work on the Oscar-nominated Minari, his work in the upcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as how he survives and thrives in Hollywood.
In this episode, Harry reveals how Minari was created and some of the challenges they experienced in the making of this award-winning movie. Harry talks about how he started as an editor, what it's like working on an independent film versus a major studio film, and how he keeps himself inspired as an artist and sharpened as an editor. Surviving in Hollywood means that Harry has to find importance outside of his achievements and he shares how that has been possible.
Allen interviews Daniel K. Hoh, a writer from ABC’s Station 19, and his wife Deborah King about his writing career and the joys and challenges of being married in Hollywood.
Daniel K. Hoh & Deborah King Dan and Deb first met at a rooftop restaurant in Santa Monica on a cool fall evening in 2010. She was a lawyer and he was an ER doctor. After getting married in 2013, Deb switched her career to corporate healthcare and made a job of telling doctors what to do-both at work and at home! Dan eventually made a switch too, from practicing medicine to TV writing. He now spends most of his days being a storyteller and writes for Station 19 on ABC, a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy.
When Dan decided to pursue a career in writing, his wife didn't run away. He says, "I commend her for believing in me and for not running away and saying, I married you as this one person with a certain promise of stability and security and now you want to go do the most unstable job. We’re in the most unstable industry ever."
Dan is thankful for his life experience and says it's essential for being a good writer. "Being creative means nothing if you don't actually have the life experience to draw from. A writer who hasn't gone through a lot of interesting or difficult situations is less likely to have good stories than somebody who's been through a lot."
Allen interviews Sarah Drew from Grey’s Anatomy who talks about her career, the definition of success in Hollywood, her roles on Madmen, Everwood, and Glee, the advice Ed Harris gave to her when she was filming her first movie, what grounds her in the ups and downs of Hollywood, and more in this candid and inspiring conversation.
Sarah Drew’s first job was providing the voice role of “Stacy Rowe” on the animated series, Daria, when Drew was still in high school. Beginning in 2004, she was a featured cast member on the western series, Everwood. After having minor roles in the series, Private Practice and as “Kitty Romano” on Mad Men, Drew was cast in a recurring role as “Dr. April Kepner” on the acclaimed medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Sarah has also had supporting roles in the films, Radio, and American Pastime, as well as a starring role in the comedy, Moms’ Night Out. A resident of Los Angeles, Sarah has two children and her husband is a professor.
Sarah comments about the pitfalls of social media. "We are not meant to have the kind of feedback that we get on social media. We're meant to get feedback from a small community of humans that we’re in a relationship with. We are not meant to hear four hundred thousand people's opinions of what you look like or how angry they are at you or whether they hate you or love you."
In talking about being successful, Sarah says, "I don't want to get swept away by trying to impress people or by getting the next gig so that I can be successful. I want to stay focused on loving people and being loved and that needs to be the core always. That needs to be the driving force any time I do a project. How do I love these characters? How do I love the audience through the telling of this story? So my letter to my 20-year-old self would be, keep that fire alive, return to that truth and that ultimate vision and drive even if it has to become a practice but you must return to it. Otherwise, this industry will eat you alive and you will never feel like you're enough."
"What is success? Is success winning an Emmy? No. Is Success being a star of a television show? No. Actually, success is being seen, known, and loved and getting to offer that to other humans."