Today we’d like to introduce you to Bobby and Renee Peoples.
Hi Bobby and Renee, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I (Bobby) grew up in Richmond, VA living with my grandparents, where I used to take my action figures and pretend I was making movies with them. My obsession with film came from my grandmother. I used to sit and watch movies with her every day. We would sit for hours and watch tv and the movie of the week. One of our favorites was “Imitation Of Life.” From there, I wanted to know all I could about being an actor, so my grandmother could see me on TV, But sadly before any of them was realized, she passed. However, my love for it didn’t. So I read as many books about filmmaking as I could. Listen to anyone who anything about the process of making movies. Until one day, I said I’d talked about it enough. It’s time to actually do it. So I did it and haven’t looked back since.
I (Renee) started with theatre. I began acting at age 13, writing and directing my own productions at 15. I started an acting troupe called Shikohn’s Youth Praise Productions. We would travel around Detroit, MI performing the play. I also played the daughter of Martha Reeves from the Motown group. The play was called Good Black Don’t Crack. Once I moved to Atlanta and met my husband Bobby, I crossed over to film. One of the best decisions that I made. Don’t get me wrong. I love theatre; that will always be my first love; however, film is so much easier.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As with anything, you have your ups and downs. One of the things we had to deal with is gatekeepers, which you have to pass to get an opportunity. This is their job, but they push the art out of what you can do and focus on if they actually like you or not for whatever reason they may have against you. So once you break past that and find alternative means, those gatekeepers are now your friends.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We are a Husband and Wife directing/writing/producing team. We are an independent film company with over 100 credits. We are known for giving opportunities in the independent film world. We love giving actors and crew their first start.
I (Bobby) like to think we are most proud of us being a healthy picture of what Black Love. We take pride in working together as a husband and wife filmmaking team. We both write and direct together. So we enjoy the benefits of working side by side and still manage to stay in love. SO basically, what we are most proud of also sets us apart from the rest.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
We love watching youtube podcasts. My favorites are Emergency Awesome and Beyond the trailer. They both give insights on some of my favorite movies and series, But they also provide me with insight into the business of Hollywood.
- Email: ThePeoplesNetwork1@gmail.com
- Website: www.tpn1.com
- Instagram: @thepeoplesnetwork1 @reneewarrenpeoples
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