88. Leaving Corporate World Behind for Independence as a Visual Storyteller
Deatra L. Harris
Deatra Harris left a global management position in 2012 to pursue her passion in film. With a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s in marketing just weeks away, she is already an award-winning independent filmmaker whose films have screened all over the world. She recently wrapped production on a web-based design show.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
A divorce triggered Deatra to use her lifelong love of writing, but, instead of journaling, she gravitated toward creative writing, enrolling in courses at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater writing for stage. Attending a film festival in Miami introduced her to Spike Lee’s workshops and a love of the visual storytelling of film.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
At the Miami International Film Festival, Deatra recalls, “I met the right people and we just clicked. They had a project they wanted to do, so I flew to Seattle to help them. Then they flew to Atlanta to help me. And that’s really how it came about.” They continue to collaborate.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
A passage in The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho, one of her favorite books, says that the universe will conspire to help you once you are going after your dream. “I honestly believe that has been my story, so I always encourage people to dig down deep and do what they love.”
Top Tools on Her Browser
With collaborators in Seattle, France and elsewhere, the internet is the connective tissue for Deatra’s work. Social media, especially YouTube.com, are essential to her work.
Connecting With Deatra L. Harris
Facebook: Deatra L Harris
LinkedIn: Deatra L Harris
“Addicted,” a short film by Deatra
Deatra shows artists how to marry art and business through her organization, FEED (Facilitate Educate Empower and Develop).
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