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My videos went viral!

Two of my posts went viral on Instagram in 3 days. For months, I’ve been holding back on putting content out bc I was nervous that my ideas wouldn’t be well received. This is definitely reassurance to keep going.

Link to posts:

Snoop Dogg – Uncle Poochie
https://lnkd.in/eAVB5_9

MsTina – Savage remix
https://lnkd.in/ebxZSvz

Cardi B – Savage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMJoK4geJJs

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Free Classes During Quarantine

I research and read tons of articles everyday so I decided that I’ll start sharing cool or informative information and facts. Many companies are doing everything that they can to help their industry during these crazy times. Here are a few FREE media and film courses that I’ve found online.

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Nikon is offering free photography classes until April 30th.

Entertainment Partners is offering their Production Accounting 101 course to all freelancers for free until May 15th.

I’m offering all of my courses as Buy One, Get One Free as long as we are quarantined.

Game development company Unity just announced that they are offering their Unity Learn Premium platform for free for the next 3 months in response to the current crisis. This includes their Create with Code Live class where you can learn how to use the C# programming language to develop games. 

Class Central, compiled a list of more than 400 college classes that are available. I’m super interested in the art & design courses.

Yale is offering it’s more popular course, The Science of Well Being, for free.

This isn’t a course but GumRoad is offering a pack of dope, black illustrations.

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Tips: Producing 101

So you want to be a producer. That’s great! That means that you are a natural problem solver and leader. A fixer is what many call us! Here are a few tips that will help you get your head in the game.

A few years ago in Miami, producing a video shoot for Motion Family.

You are the expert: Producers are the resident experts on productions. We know the most about the production process from A to Z. It’s really important that you understand the roles of all key players, crew members and your area of production from ideation to delivery. Plus you won’t understand how well your production is going if you don’t understand the full process. Continuously study and research.

The buck stops with you: If someone needs to take the blame or make a final decision it’s going to be you. Always stay in a problem-solving mindset. You should always have plans A, B, C, D, E etc. lined up and be prepared to pivot quickly. Don’t waste time or money going taking the production in the wrong direction. Don’t be stubborn.

Communication is a major key: Always be clear, concise and put everythng in writing. Communicate about money and payout dates within the first conversation. That usually relieves the elephant in the room.

Respect everyone: So that means no yelling at grown folks. No one likes that. Your reputation proceeds you so always operate with integrity and honesty.

Technology never works when you need it to: So plan ahead. Printout papers and presentations the night before you need them. Know how to access backup software and hardware in case your team needs it.

Hire strong team members: Strive to work with the people that are professional, most knowledgeable and are excellent at their respective roles. “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.”

Feed the crew well: Feed them well and feed the hot meals during lunch. Trust me on this.


Be on time.


Hire people who respect you.


Enjoy the process. It’s ok to pivot. If producing doesn’t make you happy, find something else that does. Being happy at work drives many of my decisions.

Connect: Setup meetings with your local film office, location managers, key crew members, writers etc. Connecting with people before you work with them helps to establish the working relationship and helps everyone to be on the same page once a project is on deck.

My Resources & Favs:

xoxo @MayaTable

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Quarantine & Learn is a hit!

It’s been a blessing to still be working with major brands during this crazy season of quarantining. And that’s mainly because I’m an editor, vfx supervisor and content creator. But it makes me sad to see so many creatives out of work and stagnant. So I created a post on Instagram and Facebook asking creatives if they were interested in me doing online courses. Their response was resounding “Yes!”

#QuarantineAndLearn

So I quickly created online courses and decided to do one week of FREE, 30 minute consultations. Within two day, I booked 3 classes and 30 free consultations. Wow! It’s been gratifying to share words of encouragement with everyone and I’m super excited about where this new path takes me.

Register for one of my live courses here. All courses are Buy One, Get One Free as long as we are quarantined.

xoxo

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March 30 #MayasBingeWorthy List

While quarantining and chilling, be sure to check out some shows and movies and left an impression with me. And of course I had to plug my own films 🙂 Lmk which films or shows you’ve seen and your thoughts after you’ve watched. xoxo

  • All American on Netflix: I just started watching this based on recommendations from a few people so I’ll have an update next week.
  • Queen Sono on Netflix: I give this a B+. When people have asked about my thoughts on this series, I usually say “It’s super straight! I enjoyed watching it. I give some many shows my viewership so I definitely wanted to give my viewership to a show that stars people of color”.
  • I’m Not Ok With This on Netflix: I was initially reluctant to watch this because I didn’t want to watch another cliche high school show about the privileged lives of white kids. And I was also annoyed that it reminded me of Stranger Things. But a friend convinced me to give it a chance and I’m glad I did! The writing feels fresh and the characters are familiar but with a twist. I’m excited to see what Season 2 has to offer because I need answers! lol
  • Carnival Row on Amazon Prime: Another show that I slept on because the trailer looked a bit cliche. I’m glad I tuned into this magical and gritty piece of art. The actors, makeup and set design are spectacular on this show!
  • Between Two Ferns on Netflix: Need a good laugh? Watch this. I was so tickled by Zach Galifianakis’ performance in this film that I watched more “Between Two Ferns” interviews on the Funny Or Die Youtube channel.
  • Uncorked on Netflix: I watched this because it was set in my hometown of Memphis, Tn. It’s a sweet film with great family dialogue.
  • The Last Black Man In San Francisco on Amazon Prime: When I saw this film I thought “damn, this looks like a film that I would have made!” Needless to say I loved it. And the cinematography was amazing.
  • Late Expectations on Youtube: This charming coming of age short was written by Thais Francis who also starred in the film. And it was directed by indie filmmaker Laurie Arakaki. I first saw the film when it was featured last year as one of Issa Rae’s short films of the month.
  • Blue Magic on Youtube: This film was written by UK based writer Olivia Fraser and directed by UK based Ashleigh Jadee. I’m a fan! This film beautiful short about embracing natural hair.
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March 23 #BingeWorthy list

While quarantining and chilling, be sure to check out my latest and greatest projects. I’ll be doing a binge worth list of network and indie films as well. Enjoy! xoxo

  • Dating App, watch here: Wonderful short film directed by yours truly. Based on my real life experience. (I used my Uncle’s voice at the end)
  • Reclaiming Nappy, watch here: My first short film. It’s a celebration and documentary about natural hair. (My mom is the mom in the movie).
  • Uncle Poochie, watch here: My family has always been my muse so I loved doing the first of many photo and video shoots on my Uncle Poochie.

Coming Soon

  • Damion: This was actually a tv pitch but I decided that I’m going to go ahead and release it as a series on my Youtube channel so be sure to subscribe here.
  • We Shine: I filmed this a few months ago but now I finally have the courage to re-edit it. I hated the first edit. I usually always hate the first edit on my films so I’ll take some time away to get re-inspired and revise the edit with a fresh pair of eyes and ideas.

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Facebook Watch SEEN at SUNDANCE 2019

Last Oct./Nov I worked as a producer on back-to-back projects that were literally only one day apart: Apple Commercial/ Usher video/ Sicko Mode video/ 21 Savage video/ Teyana video/ Usher video. But during that time something really special happened but I was too busy to share it. ✨@facebook and @instagram came to Atlanta and selected 6 directors that they wanted to do a one-on-one workshop with and I was one of the 6. 🤗 It was and still is an amazing opportunity and thank you so much for acknowledging the hard work that I put into my first film, @reclaimingnappy.

Then the amazing team at Facebook/ Instagram told me that they were showing @reclaimingnappy at #Sundance for their @seen panel. I immediately booked a flight to come. (Even though I had a fresh chemical peel on my face😩). I’m still in shock that the film that I procrastinated on doing brought me to Sundance! Boi, God is good!!! And thank you everyone for sending the encouraging words. I really needed it bc I was extremely nervous. And to add a cherry on top, Facebook featured my film on Facebook Watch during black history month! So cool!

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Nappy hair series

Last year, I was a little upset that people didn’t believe that I was so creative or that I’ve been directing longer than I’ve been producing. Then I had to look at myself and say “well you don’t post any of your creative work so how would they know?” Since then, I challenged myself to show my creatively in every post, every text, every thought because that’s what I naturally do with my family. This nappy hair series is a part of the marketing for my first short documentary, Reclaiming Nappy. I figured it’s important for people get that same message in different forms. I used to braid hair in high school and college and would sometimes braid the person’s name into their hair. This photo series made me super happy and happiness is ALWAYS my number 1 priority.

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The Future Is Female

I’m super excited to have a producer on episode 12 of The Know for OwnTv. And I’m even more excited that I booked a 90% female crew! I usually try to book a lot of women on my sets but it’s never been 90%. These dynamic women were all the cream of the crop! As producer and director, I always know that I’m the “plug” and it feels great being able to pay it forward but I’m about to take it to another level. My sets will be 70%+ female sets going forward! #WhyNot #WhoGoneCheckMeBoo#PayItForward 

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My first videography workshop!

Let’s Get Comfortable: Shooting

Our first #LetsGetComfortable workshop was a success!  This is my first year not taking interns or mentees because honestly being a daily teacher, motivator, and accountability partner for so many is exhausting. It’s really been a joy concentrating back on my directors portfolio. But I still love teaching and empowering so I came up with a series called #LetsGetComfortable. This Saturday I’ll be teaching videography but in future ones I’ll teach editing, photography etc. Thank you soooo much to the partners who believe in this idea as well @wiftatlanta @aperturent @generalassembly @samfrankprod✨🎥 And I’m excited that these dynamic cinematographers @urban.scope@lara.aqel for being a part!

Thank you @ashalynnn @fearlesslynaira @makteezy @its.damiong and @respect.theshooter and all of the amazing attendees that spent 6 hours learning the basics of cinematography! 

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