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Meet Britni Camacho of “Small Talk” Short Film in Studio City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britni Camacho.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Britni. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
At the age of 19, I decided to make the move to Los Angeles because I was craving a change. It was essential for me to branch out of the world I was accustomed to in order to pave my path to freedom. Before I moved across the country from New Jersey, I was at a point in my life where I lost hope for my future and I was completely blocked off. But throughout my three years of living in Angeles that mindset changed tremendously. In my first year, I made the conscious decision to pursue acting full-time when I was contacted by Trisanne Marin, a senior talent manager at LA management and began to audition for movies and tv shows.

In the past three years, I’ve built my confidence to a level that has propelled me to accept the imperfect human being I am today. The lessons I’ve had to learn are empowering me to take full control and write the characters I want to portray and the stories I want to tell. I know the path to freedom begins with one taking control of any given situation, anticipating what will happen next, and mobilizing those calculated risks. And I am ready to take those calculated risks and invest into my own ideas.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Settling in LA has not been a stable ride whatsoever. I faced myself and discovered what I wanted and who I was while navigating LA. But in regards to producing my first short film it has been the complete opposite of smooth sailing. The idea came about in the first week of 2020 when I performed an original monologue for my friend at a coffee shop. That’s the moment the idea of “Small Talk” was conceived. She encouraged me to write a scene for it and we aimed to produce it together before she left for London. Within 10 days the script was fully written, the actors were casted, the crew was booked and the location was solidified. We shot the short the following week but the footage was lost and the long journey to finish “Small Talk” commenced. After 3 reschedule dates, renting equipment for said reschedule date and losing that money, finding a different crew, recasting 1 actor, 3 weeks of editing and 2 extra unplanned shoot dates “Small Talk” was finally done.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a human being with the purpose to amplify the voices of those who are underrepresented and misrepresented in the media, I am primarily focused on producing original content that will fulfill that purpose. My first project, “Small Talk”, was an idea that stemmed from a monologue I wrote about the male gaze and it depicts an experience that many humans, especially women and artists, have encountered. Furthermore, this project is my response to anyone who has belittled, devalued, or disrespected me. It is confrontational and unapologetic but it will serve people in many different ways. I would characterize this film and my future projects to be the friend who knows every small detail about you, makes eye contact and bursts out into laughter with you when you both notice something funny, and the one who you can be your most vulnerable self with. I mostly want people to know that their stories matter and their precious lives deserve to be lived to the fullest.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I credit my entire cast & crew Calvert David Miles (@calvertdavidmiles cinematographer), Eric Fisher (@ericsaudio sound mixer), Zavieh Harrell (@zavieh_official actor), Renae Nicole Anderson (@_royalrae actress), Isabel De Haro (@izzzyism BTS photographer). I also want to thank B. Shanelle (@_bshanelle writer, filmmaker) for slating, Daterion Rogers (@daterionrogers actor) for assisting with sound, and a special thank you to the person who sparked the idea of making a monologue I wrote into a short film, Hana Zebzabi (@hanazebzabi photographer, film director).

And another huge thank you to Calvert who made himself available to shoot my spontaneous ideas that brought this project to a different level.

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Isabel De Haro @izzzyism

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