Posted Thursday 18 Mar 2021
WIFT NZ member Sasha Rainbow is one of eight female filmmakers accepted into the Los Angeles WIF 2020 mentoring programme as a writer/director. Sasha is working on her feature film called The Actress, a comedy/mystery about a wannabe actress whose luck changes when she discovers her doppelganger is a reclusive Hollywood star.
The programme nurtures emerging talent in the entertainment industry by connecting accepted Mentees with established professionals for advice and guidance. Sasha's two mentors are writer/director Shaz Bennett and agent, manager and media consultant Patt Quin.
We asked what advice she had for anyone wanting to apply for a similar programme:
"Be very clear about what your goals are in relation to where you're at in your career, and why this moment in time the programme would make a big difference to it.
Whatever you're doing needs to feel like there's an urgency to it. I always say, the train has to be moving, and so people have to think quick if they want to jump on.
I also made a little treatment which I added to my application so they could get more of a feel for who I was, that covered where I came from and press clippings etc and photos of my journey as a filmmaker which I hoped would give it a personal touch."