Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Botchii.
Tom, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I guess it depends on how far back you want to go. I mean, I remember I got started by trying to make movies with my ninja turtles. I’d cut off the arms and then draw blood squirting out with crayons and markers, which probably explains a lot in terms of how I ended up the way I did. But then I’d film these little scenes with them where I’d try to lay out my favorite wrestling matches and I had these intricate storylines injected in with the toys talking smack to each other. And so that’s really where I got my start in terms of falling in love or film making. But professionally, after that, I started directing music videos and working on documentaries, which in turn opened some doors that lead me to have more of a career and not just, ruin toys.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Well, it’s been hard. But when you put in the work, I feel like it always eventually pays off. I also think that when you find the right people, it starts to feel a little easier. Probably the biggest struggle has just been believing in myself. I’m a recovering people pleaser and used to be really terrified to stand up for myself. Once I worked on that, I feel the paths to completing something I was focused on started to open up.
Please tell us about being a Director.
Well, I don’t know. I can tell you, that I don’t really think directing is the most important medium with everything going on in the world right now. But being creative sort of brings me to an almost meditative state, complete calm. So that’s why I keep going. The next goal I set is to pull more of myself out while working on stories that focus on social injustice.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Knowing now, what I didn’t know then… I probably would have eaten more ice cream.