Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Anne Moy.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Katie Anne. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I like to say I’m a multi-hyphenate artist. I’m an actress, producer, director, photographer, and casting director, amongst other things. I started my journey in entertainment by performing in school musicals. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Singing, dancing, acting…I loved it all!
I had always taken an interest in filmmaking but had not fully realized it was a career possibility. I would always enjoy taking the lead in school video projects, however, being a “filmmaker” (director, producer, etc.) wasn’t as common of a career path for graduating students at my school as something like pursuing a degree in business. Through acting on sets, I was exposed to more of the behind-the-scenes aspect of filmmaking, which is when my interest in directing and producing heightened.
I began school at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2014. In my time at LMU as a Film and Television Production major, I had the opportunity to produce many projects of varying genres, budgets, and styles. Through working on so many productions, I met a number of fantastic, ambitious, creative, and talented people who continue to inspire me to this day.
Shortly after graduation last May, I co-founded the narrative and commercial production company, SAILING PIG, with Tancredi Di Paola. Tancredi and I met freshmen year at LMU and have worked on projects together ever since. Only six days after officially launching our company, we were tapped by SyFy and Universal Cable Productions to lead a project! Needless to say, it was a great start for our company!
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?
I don’t know anyone who would consider their journey in the entertainment industry a “smooth road.” People always warn you that it’s a “tough” business. You listen to what they have to say, but you don’t truly know just how difficult it is until you’re living it. No sleep, giving up weekends, expenses on expenses, creative differences with team members or clients, unrealistic deadlines, rejection, making sacrifices…and that’s just the beginning.
You have to love what you do enough so that it makes certain sacrifices worth it. I’m always up for a challenge and approach things in life with a sense of gratitude, so even in the hardest of times, I can try to find a little piece of positivity. For example, if you’re stressing over a crazy deadline for a huge project, be grateful that this huge opportunity was given to you in the first place. There is someone else out there who would have loved the opportunity, so don’t take it for granted.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sailing Pig – what should we know?
Sailing Pig is a full-service narrative and commercial production company! We take projects from start to finish (development/pre-prod through post-production)
On the commercial side of things, we work with brands and companies in creating videos or commercials for their websites and social media platforms. We offer anything from company introduction and interview-style videos to social media packages with several :15-:30 second pieces. Every package or commercial we create is very brand-specific. We work closely with companies in creating content that suits their needs, image, and goals.
On the narrative side of Sailing Pig, we have award-winning films and digital series projects in our portfolio. We are looking to develop more long-form narrative content in the near future!
As a team, we pride ourselves in taking on projects that include a strong story and high production value, while presenting new challenges that allow us to learn and grow as filmmakers.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Confidence and persistence are key. There is no shortage of talent in this town, so I think these two qualities can help set someone apart from the rest.
For confidence, be confident enough to take opportunities when they present themselves, even if you don’t think you are “ready.” You’re never going to feel “ready,” so just go for it! Be confident in your skill-set and what you truly believe you can bring to the table and how you can add value to a project. Be confident in presenting ideas or leading a group.
For persistence, know that there are going to be slow times and times where you will struggle, or feel like you aren’t getting enough opportunities. It happens, but don’t let that discourage you in pursuing what you want. Use times like these to build your skills, practice your craft, and network, so that when an opportunity presents itself, you’re ready to take it. You’ll hear again and again that pursuing a longtime career in the entertainment industry is a marathon, not a sprint. That is very true. Though some times may be slow, keep doing what you can to move forward. Even if you are taking little steps, they add up.
I’ll add a bonus one: Care about the details! Whether designing a pitch deck, or choosing certain elements for a production, don’t overlook the details! They matter and will set you apart! Go the extra mile and people will notice.
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