Today we’re joined by Audrey. Audrey is a wonderful young filmmaker who is just starting out. She has just started posting her films on social media, including on YouTube. Audrey mostly makes films that fall into the comedy genre. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I’m an aspiring film maker I guess
you could say. I’ve been making short films for a while, but I just started
posting some on YouTube and social media. I like making comedy short films the
most because they get a message across in an enjoyable way. I’m hoping to learn
more about professional film in college next year where I’m majoring in Film
What inspires you?
Life itself really inspires me. It
sounds weird but many of my film ideas come from my experiences in life. I like
to put a funny spin on things because if you can’t laugh at life what’s the
point! Pinterest also inspires me. I love that app.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I actually started high school
thinking I was going to be either an Engineer or a Teacher! Needless to say,
that changed. I didn’t really realize that I wanted to become serious about
Film until last year. I had grown up around it, my dad taught a high school
Film class, but I never seriously thought of it for me. It’s when I started
making short films that I realized how much I loved it and would actually like
to take it to the next level.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not currently, but if I start to
make my YouTube channel more official, which I’d like to, then I’ll probably
start to develop an intro/outro that puts my name on my work.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Art doesn’t have to just be a
hobby. If you take what you do seriously, then you should focus on it. The
world needs more art and what you do is important. If you’re nervous about your
friends and family seeing your work, don’t be. They are almost always going to
be the most supportive people in your life. Also, social media is an amazing
platform for art. Use it to get your work out there. Even if you don’t think
it’s good, someone else will. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire an upcoming
artist to focus on their own art!
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I currently identify as
heteroromantic asexual. I say currently, because I’ve never felt a strong
connection for a boyfriend so I haven’t ruled out Demisexual in my future. But
for now, asexuality is the sexuality that I feel fits me.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really because I embrace my
sexuality so much. In fact, I’m even looking to do some skits about asexuality
because it’s so underrepresented in our media today.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it’s just a phase. I’ve been
fortunate enough that no one has said it to my face, but it’s definitely been
implied when I tell people. When I told my mom she was very supportive. She
loves learning about sexuality and gender identity but I know she doesn’t fully
understand it so I don’t blame her. Even she implied that my sexuality might
change as I get older. Which could be true, but for the moment identifying as
asexual has made me understand more about myself and has given me an identity
and a group of people who I can relate to.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
If you think you might be asexual
or somewhere on the ace scale, go with it. If you feel differently in the
future there’s no problem with that. But for me, finding an identity has made
me much happier and I feel like I belong. Many people don’t know what
asexuality is and because of that, student can feel out of place and like
there’s something wrong with them because they don’t feel sexual attraction.
That’s why I really feel we need more representation in the media. The way I
figured out I might be asexual was through a Cosmopolitan article interviewing
a couple asexual women. Little things like that can do wonders for confused
individuals like me who had never heard of asexuality. But if the media won’t
represent us then it’s our job to spread the word.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
You can check out my YouTube
(The channel name is audreylee but
there are several people by that name on YouTube)
Also check out my Tumblr: audgelee. I’ll
be posting a bunch of ace jokes and anecdotes that hopefully some of you guys
can relate to!
Thank you, Audrey, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.