Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel “Eva” Naughton.
Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
FannieLyn Productions was inspired by my children’s book “My Little Tomboy”. I wrote this book to encourage young people to follow their purpose even in the face of adversity. This story is dear to my heart. It depicts the story of a young black girl who was interested in the same sports as boys. She displayed at times the same talent level as her peers which earned her the title “Tomboy”. The first edition of this children’s book will be adapted into a feature film. This film will be FannieLyn Production’s first feature. The motion picture My little Tomboy will have a direct impact on the youth as well as adults that experienced any trauma and inadvertently motivate them to accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There aren’t any smooth roads in creating a business especially not a film and production company. I was faced with new challenges daily. Some were unbearable and some were actually pleasing. The idea of “My Little Tomboy” adapted into a motion picture was just that, an idea. During the time I wrote My Little Tomboy, I was grieving the death of my mother, taking care of my sister, homeless all while ending a toxic marriage. With these obstacles, it has brought me to a place of acceptance and allowed me to understand my true purpose. I have always enjoyed thinking about life and the complexities of it. Once understood I realize that there are no true meaning words can describe. We sort of define it through our experiences. The film and production industry certainly ignited another set of obstacles but I thank God for entrusting me with these trials. Given my background, single mother at the age of 15, entrepreneur, former college athlete, and college basketball coach I believe I’ve aided my destiny. I’ve acquired the skill of channeling challenges none of which we get over but we get through them. In addition to the industry challenges, being black in Hollywood adds to this challenge but I’m up for it, it’s my passion. There are so many great successful leaders in the industry who have inspired me. Life itself has been an amazing teacher. Hollywood has been very inviting towards FannieLyn Productions and our mission is to produce creative award-winning films and touch as many people we meet along the way.
FannieLyn Productions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the founder and Co-Owner of FannieLyn Productions. We create original screenplays and develop them into theatrical features. FannieLyn Productions was founded in January 2020 founded on the principles of love and family. I value family support. I always wanted to make my parents smile and although they are deceased, I know they are smiling down proud. Through it all God supplied me with the confidence and strength to work on our first motion film production “My little Tomboy” the movie. In addition to film writing and production, I coach College Basketball. I’ve been known to have a passion for basketball. I’ve been a basketball coach for over 20 years. It’s been a therapeutic tool for me for many years. With growth and healing, I’m able to broaden my unrealistic goals and make them a reality. I’m grateful. In addition to healing and spiritual growth, I’m the founder and owner of the “Feechi” Natural Hair Growth Serum. Feechi meaning Worship God was inspired by my focus on natural healing and holistic health. I’ve been a vegan for 4 years and I can’t thoroughly explain the wonderful changes I’ve made to my body, mind, and soul. Though it’s a lifestyle, it has helped shape my professional career but I’m most proud of my resiliency towards creating FannieLyn Productions in spite of any obstacles. Everyone has a story to tell but some of our voices are never heard. I want my passion to tell my story whether it’s through film or through novels. I want it to reach every household, every heart.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is the margin of an individual’s mindset. It’s a state of mind. I came up with my definition of success unintentionally as a teen. At the age of 16, I had to balance school, playing on my high school basketball team, all while raising a child. I was new to motherhood, and as we all know, there’s no handbook. I learned along the way. Everything is possible with God. I was confident, and I was proud. If I can attain a level of peace daily, I’m successful. When I can grab my headphones, hop on my bike for a 2-hour ride, that’s a success. Success is consistency. Success is healthy. Success is happiness. Success is love. When I arrive home from work and my family is there to greet me, that’s a success. At this stage in my life, my values have certainly shifted. What was important to me years ago isn’t necessary for me now. I want to inspire as many people with the theatrical release of My Little Tomboy by adapting my children’s book into a motion picture. “My Little Tomboy” the children’s book can be purchased on Amazon.
Rachel Eva Naughton