Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Podolska.
Nina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I moved to Los Angeles from Kyiv, Ukraine in 2008 to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. After a couple of years of pursuing an acting career, I gradually moved into Producing as I wanted to feel more in control of the kind of projects I’m involved in. And also because I have great organizational and managerial skills. I enjoy developing a project from the idea initiation and seeing it all through the end when it can be viewed by a big audience.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As a foreigner and an immigrant with no connections in the entertainment industry – it’s been really hard to get jobs and meet the right people in the beginning. I’ve worked hard on my accent reduction and I’m constantly networking and learning about the industry’s trends. For me the biggest struggle was to feel like I belong here in the US and in Los Angeles, I had to adjust and be very flexible in order to understand people and culture in America better and also for me to be understood as well. It took me many years to build my own community and network of professionals in Hollywood.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m known to be a creative and packaging producer for movies and TV. I’m most proud of filming my documentary series pilot, Her Own Way about the most successful self-made women entrepreneurs worldwide. I’ve created, developed, financed and hosted the pilot myself – it was the most fulfilling job I ever did. Also packaging an action thriller “White Elephant” starring Bruce Willis, Olga Kurylenko, John Malkovich and Michael Rooker that was released in June 2022 is on of the projects that I’m proud of too. I’m a Ukrainian and I love all projects that have strong female leads and are focused on telling authentic women stories – this is what I’m about.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
That even a pandemic has an ending and we can all adjust and evolve through any crisis.
- Website: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm4007403/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/ninapodolska?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
- Other: https://www.wonderfilm.com/team/nina-podolska