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Meet Sigin Ojulu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sigin Ojulu.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Sudan / South Sudan and moved to the U.S. as a refugee fleeing racial and religious oppression.

I started off in academia en route to becoming an Economist. Then I took a turn to attend USC’s Graduate Film School for film & tv production.

I’d been in front of the camera (modeling, commercials, pageants) or on stage (theatre) my entire life, but it was during my academic trajectory that I fell in love with filmmaking. However, I never really saw myself in the characters or stories I consumed, so I thought, “Why don’t I do it?” And voila, here I am.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
*Chuckles* In my opinion, success does not come without trial, error and failure. So no, it hasn’t been smooth.

I would say access to capital has been a habitual obstacle. Filmmaking is an expensive game to play, so finding ways to finance all the ideas in my mind is a continual challenge.

Navigating Hollywood and the tech space as a young, black woman is sometimes an experience beyond explanation. I find that the greatest struggles I’ve faced have been invisible (whether micro aggressions, imposter syndrome, etc.). What I will say is that growth and mobility are never gained individually when trying to achieve any breakthrough. So I am wildly grateful for my mentors, community and family who have supported me on the way. I look forward to doing my part and sharing more of the journey to inspire those coming up behind me.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance director & actress. I specialize in Sci-Fi & Comedy.

Before the pandemic, my USC thesis film CODE_SWITCH – a Black Mirror-esque Sci-Fi / Horror – was just beginning its festival run. So far, its been accepted into festivals all over the world including, Austin After Dark, ABFF, Pan African and Cannes Film Festival showcases. It has since picked up multiple awards for best short film, screenwriting and directing. We are currently looking at distribution options and hope to develop it into a feature.

One of my core passions is developing content for immersive technologies. I’ve directed and produced multiple virtual reality productions and applications for various creative studios and most notably for MIT’s Media Lab.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The plan is to continue creating and collaborating with other like – minded creators.

I just finished writing a feature film, a comedy based in #EastAfrica and am shopping it around for financing.

I am also developing a political satire tv series and writing various short-form stories in the vein of Black Mirror & Get Out.

I’m really passionate about STEM, women and people of color, so I’d like to do more speaking engagements in these fields.

So if you’d like to collaborate, don’t hesitate to reach out !

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Cover image courtesy of Ashly Covington | http://www.ashlycovington.com/

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