Week of: Friday May 28, 2021
Today's Featured Creative: Tony Arthur - An Actor and Multi-Hyphenate Filmmaker (Director, DP, Producer & Editor)
How did you get started in your career?
"Film making has always been part of my life since a child. Growing up in Ghana, I have always been interested in film from seeing my dad being a videographer. When I was13 years old my family moved to Calgary, Alberta and after graduating from high school I felt that a piece of my life was missing. So I decided to move to Toronto to pursue a career in film. During my journey in film school, I gained knowledge and discovered all the positions within a film set. The rest unfolds."
What was a memorable yet life-changing moment that you've cherished?
"My first time moving to Toronto, It was a scary moment in my life moving to a new city. I knew no one and had no money, just me and my ambition. Looking back I didn't know what I was thinking, but I won't change it for anything else."
Tell us about your favourite project you've worked on till date:
"This year, I worked with one of my favourite directors Alicia K.Harris on a project called Only lights will touch us. Since working as an actor I've never worked with a director who made me feel so comfortable to be myself. It was truly an experience."
What advice would you give to individuals trying to get to where you are?
"Everyone can be creative, just have to believe in yourself. If there's no enemy within no enemy outside can do you no wrong. Move at your own mental capacity and don't feel the rush to create. And never compare yourself to anyone, you are the only person that can manifest your reality!"
Are you working on any upcoming projects we should know about?
"I have a couple of projects dropping this year, but I can only mention three short narrative films at the moment. The Clean-Up Crew, Fools Like Me and Nardlinao Story. Look out for my web series coming out soon!"
With the world's current state, how have you been able to move your career forward?
"The world has always been in chaos, the only difference between then and now is it's right in front of us. My skin is black because it's tenacious, anything thrown at me is just a stepping stone for growth. It's easier said than done, but what I'm trying to say is only you know your capacity. Take it a day at a time."
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