Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Hu.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my journey with a lot — a lot of passion, a lot of guts, and a whole lot of cluelessness. I like to describe my path to becoming a filmmaker as one where I started by jumping off a cliff — after that leap of faith, you can either sink or you can figure out how to soar.
Has it been a smooth road?
There have been too many struggles to count. In LA, you’re a small fish in a big pond, competing with millions of other talented people. You’re working in the top market of your industry and among the top talent of the world — it is both inspiring and intimidating. What’s more, there is often no simple blueprint for success. Unlike many traditional fields where a diploma guarantees you a certain degree of opportunities in the job market — it does not work like that in the film industry. Every day, you’re not only trying to succeed, you’re just trying to survive. So, your day to day can be filled with struggles — how do you find your voice, how do you find your opportunities, how do you get noticed and heard, and… how do you even get a job?!?! And oftentimes, you’re struggling with all of the above.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kungfu-Barbie Productions story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a filmmaker and my company Kungfu-Barbie Productions was created around the idea of awesome women kicking ass, even if she’s wearing heels (though I personally prefer to do so in flats). I wanted my company to champion stories and art that expresses this diversity of femininity and strength.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I know we have a long way to go in terms of ensuring we have achieved diversity in our representation and storytelling. But, I am an optimistic person and I really do think that we will get more female voices, more minority voices, more LGBTQ voices and more voices from other marginalized communities. I look around LA and I see the beauty that this diversity has brought to our city. I feel confident that one day my industry will also reflect this beauty, and hopefully, where Hollywood goes, the rest of the country will as well. In the meantime, I’m doing my part to bring about these changes from within.