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Meet Tiffany Frances

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Frances.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Taiwanese-American director raised in California, from San Jose to the suburbs of Los Angeles.

I’ve always held a variety of interests throughout my life; I play music, I love taking photographs, I was involved with theater since high school. It was during my undergraduate studies at UCSD that I started taking film classes. Learning film theory and history made me understand it as a medium that was highly influential and even pervasive to society. As I experimented with it, I realized it was the most all-encompassing medium for me. I attended the graduate film program at Art Center College in LA, and have since moved to NYC. I worked my way up from a PA to producer, also worked as a casting director and editor. I do believe my experiences in other positions in film and jobs have helped me wear a lot of hats in production and communicate effectively with the crew and executives. My focus has always been to direct professionally, and it’s finally manifesting. I’ve worked on several branded content projects and music videos, and narrative is my ultimate passion. I’ve been working really hard at this and writing scripts. I finally moved back to LA after ten years of living in Brooklyn, and I’m currently in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. It’s been an incredible journey to be in this program with seven other amazing female directors.

Has it been a smooth road?
Filmmaking has definitely not a smooth road for me! I’ve often felt alone, as being a director, or even believing in yourself as a director, takes a lot from the beginning. I often felt very financially unstable. I also worked on many sets and offices that were pretty toxic, environmentally. Luckily I now know better how to gravitate towards the people who are supportive, care about newer stories, and are open to more inclusive sets.

Asides from all that I experience from the industry, I struggle with fitting into the norm of what society tells us an adult should look like. There’s no ladder for directors to climb on to be successful; there’s no clear and cut path for any individual in this business. I can’t take a 9-5 job because I have to remain open to any opportunities that come up during the week, and I also have to motivate myself on a consistent basis. I used to be very isolated when it came to talking about myself and my ‘career,’ especially compared to several other successful adults. That’s a real thing I face daily.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tiffany Frances – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My brand as a director is essentially my business/company. I feel that in particular my style and the types of stories I like to tell, whether that’s in narrative or commercial or music video format, comes from my perspective as a Taiwanese American female growing up in California and also living as a young adult in New York City. And asides from my more dramatic and darker sensibilities, I also like to experiment with playfulness and surrealism in my work.

I am largely an advocate for women and people of color in the film industry. Seeing some of the groundwork that has been laid out and is becoming a part of our collective consciousness, I predict that we are going to experience seeing a lot more stories from new perspectives in front of and behind the camera. That is really what my work is about; making sure we see these stats change in American cinema history.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I really love having access to different kinds of nature and especially love having the coastline nearby. One of my favorite things to do, ever, is surfing and discovering a new surf break. LA and neighboring cities along the coast offer a plethora of that.

My least favorite thing about LA is the traffic. This is a generic answer I know, but it really affects my day to day and seeps into my psyche. I have, though, incorporated essential oils and vitamins to make my commute more haven-like. It definitely helps and I advise these little tricks to everyone!

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Personal Photo: Meg Crade

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