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Conversations with Marisa Hood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisa Hood.

Hi Marisa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started acting as a kid, I took a drama camp and some on camera classes where I fell in love with film. Throughout my teenage and early adult years, I acted in student films, industrials, etc – wherever and whoever would have me. When I was 20, I took the leap and moved to LA to pursue a career in film full-time. I signed with an agent and continued auditioning and going to acting class consistently. When I was about 25, I wrote and produced a web series with a friend and realized how much I really enjoyed writing, especially comedy. From there, I continued acting but also started to dip my foot in writing and producing my own projects a lot more. I now have written, produced, and acted in several short films that are currently in festivals and am working on my first feature. I love connecting with other independent filmmakers and frequenting film festivals as much as possible.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a smooth road in the sense that I have a great life, a wonderful support system, and am very privileged in a lot of ways that I’m extremely thankful for. However, really finding my place and voice in this industry was definitely a challenge that I don’t think anything other than the actual experience can prepare you for. In my ten years in LA, I’ve been through over a dozen agents and managers before finding a team that really works for and believes in what I have to say and that I have a good relationship with. I also stopped waiting for that “perfect” audition or project that was going to “discover” me and started creating those opportunities for myself and my creative partners. There are so many actors, directors, and writers in this town that you really have to be your own best friend and cheerleader. I have come to be very thankful for this and don’t think I would have learned how much I loved writing and filmmaking if an acting career on its own had come easy to me, but that is in hindsight. In the moment, it was definitely a challenge!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I write short, primarily comedic pieces and then produce and film them with a small cast and crew. My last few films have been in only one location and have mainly been conversational pieces with little movement or scene switches. I am most proud of a short film I made called “Furca” that I acted in with my friend and wonderful actor David Witts. It was the first project I made completely on my own with a professional crew and it went on to go to several film festivals. I consider it my film child! I’m not really sure if anything sets me apart from others 🙂 there’s too many people in the world to try to be unique anymore. I just try to tell my honest voice and story and hope that some people like and relate to it. I love making people laugh and laughing with people.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I hate to sound so lame and cliche but – connection. I love the feeling of watching a character-driven piece and just completely empathizing and feeling one with the story. It is a very special feeling to be in a movie theatre, play, or an acting class and all be watching and experiencing one thing together, even if it’s a room full of strangers. Laughter and comedy is also very important to me and has been what saves me over and over again. I think no matter how dark something can be, there is always room for humor which can be such a gift in even the hardest of situations.

Contact Info:

  • Email: mhood928@gmail.com
  • Website: www.marisahood.com
  • Instagram: @marisahood
  • Twitter: @marisa_hood


Image Credits:

Emily Sandifer – headshot photographer

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