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What happens when you’re a highly creative person trapped in the body of a hard working corporate manager? In part 3 of my series on NJ Filmmakers, we’ll meet Antoinette Hadgis, an aspiring filmmaker. Toni studied math in college and eventually enjoyed a successful career for many years as a manager in a corporate environment. She was highly focused on her work and an excellent problem solver. There was definitely some measure of creatively involved in solving problems but not enough to satisfy Toni’s longing for an artistic challenge – like making a film. To nurture her creative side, Toni took a few classes and was hooked on the idea of working in film in some capacity. A few years as a volunteer with the Garden State Film Festival, afforded Toni an opportunity to see the power of independent films. Her well honed business skills seemed to make her a natural as a producer, but Toni was especially drawn to the storytelling aspect and clearly visualized herself in the director’s chair. To get some initial experience Toni joined a Meet-Up group in NY and worked with a crew under the guidance of an experienced producer/director. Together the group created a short film and this experience helped Toni crystallize her goal to become a filmmaker. So what’s next? Toni is planning to start a Meet-Up group in NJ to draw in other like-minded people who can work on a film project – most likely with her at the helm. Toni will share her path from corporate life to aspiring filmmaker. In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we met two very different filmmakers who shared their personal journeys and how they achieved their goals. Toni has a ways to go, but I’m betting on her success. After the interview, check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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