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Putting yourself out there

Putting Yourself Out There

November 17, 2014

Bailey Corneal made the most of the chance to share her passion for her craft at the New Filmmakers Film Festival in LA earlier this fall. The 2013 Advanced Television and Film program graduate produced The Guest which was screened at the LA festival. She reflects on the experience:

The New Filmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival was my first legit festival and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The term ‘new filmmaker’ is often associated with amateur, one-dimensional films, but the calibre of films exceeded my expectations. I felt a sense of accomplishment being surrounded by other emerging filmmakers that were talented and at similar stages in their careers. It was a pretty intoxicating experience-like a breeding ground for creativity.

You have to seize the opportunity and put yourself out there. It’s important not to over think it or doubt yourself. And connecting with the right people can be a game changer. I reached out to the coordinators and really voiced how I felt about what they were doing for up and coming filmmakers. The platform they provide for filmmakers is outstanding and has the potential to launch careers! I took this opportunity to submit my thesis documentary, Super Eigo for an upcoming festival.

In terms of the actual event, I’d have to say the Q & A was the most exciting. I got to stand in front of an audience of like-minded people and share my experiences. After all, I am a storyteller and that’s what I do best. I thought I was going to be nervous, but I actually wasn’t. As I get older, I realize that you have to trust in yourself and know that you have a purpose. When you know your purpose, it overpowers your fear. Otherwise, if you don’t believe in yourself other people won’t buy what you are selling either!

Bailey brings many years of experience in front of the camera to her work as a filmmaker. She is a stand-in, photo-double and secondary actor-double for Tatiana Maslany in the Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black. The creators of the show have been extremely supportive of her filmmaking career. Previously, Bailey had a recurring role on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2003 (Seasons 3 and 4), as Amy Peters-Hoffman.

For some words of advice from Bailey to aspiring filmmakers, click here.