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Meet Tasia Gill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasia Gill.

Tasia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up directing performances. Mostly competitive and showcase cheer and dance pieces. I started teaching and coaching dance at fourteen. My start as a professional Dancer and Choreographer, however, was with the Golden State Warriors. After my last season as a warrior girl, I continued to choreograph at Golden State’s NBA dance clinics attended by the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. From there, I continued to direct through several mediums, as you do when you’re a choreographer and MUA. After attending cosmetology school to continue arts behind the scenes, I started art directing photoshoots and working on Independent film/projects as a MUA. This is where I gained a tremendous amount of experience on set, which really brought me back to my love for writing and introduced filmmaking as a creative medium. Once I finally realized that my gift was to story tell, I packed my stuff and headed to Nepal, where I did a journalism internship at the Kathmandu Post. When I got back to the states, I moved to New York.

New York really pushed me creatively. I spent the first year focusing on writing. I was literally living and taking notes on everything I saw and experienced. I continued a career in Makeup artistry as it was my comfort zone, but when I got married and had my first son, I was more inspired than ever to write and make films. New material and just the types of emotions you feel in those positions- a mother and wife. That was three years ago. Since then, I’ve moved back to California and have been writing and making films. I released two shorts in the last six months.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a filmmaker. I create motion pictures that tell a story, drive emotion and make you think. Specifically, I like to create films that bridge the gap of conflicting perspectives. My talents as a dancer/choregrapher come into play with my musical choices. My films start with an idea or concept and during the incubation part of the creative process, a song will come on and BOOM, I have the entire vision of the project- shot angles, color, the mis en scene immediately comes to me in full. My favorite part is shooting the film as I saw it in my mind and seeing that vision through during editing. The final touch? I use the song that gave me the inspiration for the project in the film and it is completely satisfying lol.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of the artist is and always will be a subjective one. Some artists are taking this time to shine a light on the stark realities of the world and others are creating uplifting art to soften the blow. For that reason, I think we are in the same seat. Our role is to inspire people. For me personally, my content will change. For example, last month I released a film about two serial killers who cross paths- this was an old project in film school that I couldn’t finish because our actress bailed. But I loved the idea I came up with and I wanted to see the vision in its entirety. That said, I shot it before the pandemic and I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t have put any effort into it today. The only thing I want to create today is content that inspires answers to the questions, “where do we go from here?” and “Who is lost in the shadows?”.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Right now I have a YouTube channel which showcases a recent film project I’m doing twelve films in twelve months, inspired by advice from Martin Scorsese which is to make one film a month. This will showcase my writing and directing skills across the board- Films, music videos, commercials, documentaries etc. that are meaningful, visually stimulating and impactful.

How can people support? I’m looking for projects to shoot. I’m actively seeking scripts to direct, products to create material for commercials to shoot and personal stories to tell. While I write, cast, direct and edit all of my projects, I’m looking to collaborate with others as well.

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