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Meet Drew Harwood of Rah Entertainment

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Harwood.

Drew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I was a swimmer growing up. I played a few other sports, but swimming was my life. By the time I entered high school, I had become one of the states top swimmers and was ranked nationally. By the time I graduated, I lost it all. From the ages of 17-21, my life got pretty colorful. That’s when I made the decision to pack my things and make the journey across the country.

When I arrived in LA, I immediately jumped into acting school, where I met a group of filmmakers. We all became friends and we just started making our own films. Kind of like the group theater, but only with film. We did whatever it took to get ourselves in front of the camera. We shot well over twenty short films within four years. We just learned from our own mistakes. It was our film school. I’m still working with those same people seven years later.

One of the short films, Thugs Paradise, directed by Lloyd Culberson, premiered at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.

I stared in the feature film, Godsend, directed by Levi Holiman, winter of 2016 and the feature film Drifter, directed by Chris Von Hoffman, that summer of 2016. Drifter ended up going to Netflix, was distributed by XLrator and sold to eight different countries around the world. It goes to Hulu later this year.

Godsend is currently touring the festival circuit. It premiered at the IFS International Film Festival in May and it’s an official selection at Madrid International Film Festival in August. The film’s nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best supporting Actress and I’m nominated for Best Lead Actor.

In 2017 I wrote, directed and produced a short film, that premiered at Cannes 2018 Short Film Corner.

I’m now in Pre-Production with, The One You Feed. It’s my first feature film as a director, that I wrote, am producing, production designing and also acting in. We go into Production, September 2019.

I’ve learned not to limit myself in life. If I really want to do something, I find a way to do it. Life’s too short to live it any other way. As long as I continue to evolve as a person and in my work, I’m doing good. That’s what I’m after.

Great, 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?
No not at all, it’s been a very challenging road for me, but I’m always pushing myself to step out of my “normal comfort zone” and head towards things that scare me. I like obstacles, I think they’re necessary and it feels good to defeat them.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rah Entertainment – what should we know?
I’m looking to continue meeting and working with artists that inspire me, create stories that have diverse characters and make compelling films, that reach worldwide audiences.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I love doing what I’m doing. I have fun doing it and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I don’t make decisions based on what’s considered “normal” to people, that’s boring to me. I’m in control of myself and my career, no one else. I don’t ever limit myself and I’m curious, always wanting to learn and create. It’s all I do, literally, it’s my life.

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