Film

Candice Vernon: Writer/Director/Producer

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Candice Vernon is a former New York advertising agency Executive Producer, turned Writer/Director/Producer, hailing from the small parish of St Ann, Jamaica.  Having grown up in three different countries, Jamaica, USA, and Germany, gave her a uniquely diverse experience and outlook on humans as subjects, which sparked her interest in storytelling. She got her very first TV job casting for Law & Order: Criminal Intent where she later transitioned to talent production assistant on the original Law & Order to be closer to set. She hasn’t looked back since.

Vernon’s award winning short film, Make America Great?, which she wrote, directed, and produced screened in festivals world-wide, winning the Audience Award for Best Short at the Zero Film Festival and The National Black Film Festival, with write-ups appearing in The Hollywood ReporterDecider.com, and other publications.  Decider writes, “There are moments so emotionally charged and genuine in this film that it can be hard to watch, but it’s absolutely necessary. Powerfully acted, beautifully shot, and eerily pertinent to the world we are living in, this is exactly the kind of short film needed right now”.

In the content space she has directed and produced for clients such as Instagram, The Dollar Shave Club, Chico’s, Jockey, The Bob Marley Foundation and more. Most notably she wrote and directed, The Dream Still Lives, a tribute video by Stevie Wonder & CAA, for Martin Luther King Jr.s 50th anniversary of his passing, starring various celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, The Obama’s, Common, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. The video has garnered over 1 billion impressions to date. Vernon is developing a TV pilot, Three Months & A Baby, with her writing partner and Mad House Entertainment, based on her series of the same name, which was a semi-finalist at the Sundance New Voices Lab, as well as two feature films, prepping a web series, and other short form content. Creating stirring and engaging narrative content is a love of hers and is evident in all of her work and partnerships to date. She received her BA in Film & TV from Temple University and currently resides in Los Angeles. 

My Goal of the Day: To push the needle forward on my projects in development, whether that’s a script revision, reading other screenplays, watching films, networking, or simply honing my craft by shooting and/or learning new techniques. I also strive daily to keep God at the center of everything I do and be grateful that I get to play make believe for a living.

My Thought of the Day: “What a fi yuh, cyan be un fi yuh”. It’s a Jamaican proverb that I think of daily as I navigate through life’s peaks and valleys. The translation is “what is for you, can’t be not for you’. The meaning is: If it is meant to be, it will be. What is yours will always be yours.

My Action of the Day: Everyday upon waking my daily action is to read a scripture from the bible and start my day with a prayer.

My Deed of the Day:

Eliminating plastic straw usage and trying to get my friends and family to do the same.

My Tip of the Day

Smile and say hello to a stranger who crosses your path. A little kindness can go a long way. You never how how you may positively affect one’s day by simply acknowledging them.

My Pic of the Day:

One of my favorite works of art in my apartment that a former colleague made, flanked by two pieces of street art I bought in South Africa. It’s a daily reminder that I am free and not owned by anyone.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

My current city for the past two years has been Los Angeles, CA. What I love most is the weather. Year round my days always start off nice and sunny, without immense humidity. The sun gives off positive energy and vitamin D so it’s a blessing to live in a city where one can simply step outside to feel energized.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My favorite breakfast meal of all time, Ackee & Saltfish, hails from my home land of Jamaica. I could eat it anytime of day, everyday. Since moving to Los Angeles I can’t say that I’ve found a restaurant that I would call my fave but there is a small cafe/wine store in my neighborhood that I’m multiple repeat customer of. In a pinch especially if I haven’t cooked I could always run up the street to The Oaks Gourmet in Franklin Village, Hollywood.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I’m usually in bed either still sleeping or willing myself back to sleep. I am not a morning person.

10:00 AM - If it’s not a gym day I’m writing and answering emails and charting out my agenda for the day.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I rarely eat lunch at 12 noon on the dot. I’m a 1-2p lunch eater, sometimes 3p. If I’m working from home I’ll make whatever I have in the fridge, or order from The Oaks Gourmet or Locali. If I’m not working from home, I’m usually holding a table hostage at the soho house for 6-8 hours and eating my meals there.

7:00 PM - I’m still finishing up my day at this time. If I’m in production I’m definitely still working otherwise I’m on the way to a screening or panel of some sorts while trying to grab a bite to eat if there’s time. Otherwise I’m eating after 9p which explains my LA weight gain lol.

11:00 PM - Generally I like to be at home on the couch catching up on the shows I’ve missed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I need water, preferably with lemon, to get me through the day. As I’m not an avid coffee drinker I start my day with a green or ginger tea and sometimes end it with a glass of wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I have to admit I’m an instagram-aholic. I don’t go a day without using it. My favorite account is @shaunking. He’s an activist and journalist highlighting and educating acts of injustice in the country, specifically police brutality.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should travel outside of their country of origin at least once and experience other cultures.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I enjoy getting lost in a good book or movie.  I also enjoy walking on the beach or alongside water. As long as the water is by my side I can walk forever.

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Anthony Meindl: Award winning Writer, Director, Acting teacher, & Founder Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW)

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My NativeAdVert:

Anthony Meindl is an award winning writer, director, acting teacher, and founder of the international Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW), with studios in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe Atlanta, London, Vancouver, Toronto, and Sydney. He's known for teaching the next generation of young Hollywood stars such as Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies), Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2) and many more. Anthony has guest lectured at the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and David Lynch's Masters of Filmmaking Program. He is the author of three books: the best-selling At Left Brain Turn RightBook The Fucking Job, and Alphabet Soup for Grown-ups

His work in film has won numerous awards including Grand Prize for “Feature Screenplay” in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition, best TV pilot pitch at Banff World Television Festival, Audience Awards at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Fest, the LA Downtown Independent Film Fest and the Golden Door Film Festival, and shown worldwide. Meindl wrote and directed two feature films releasing early next year touching on timely social issues, Sum of Us and Where We Go From Here

My Goal of the Day: To be as fully present in each moment as I can.

My Thought of the Day: Everything always works out.

My Action of the Day: To imbue all action with love and gratitude.

My Deed of the Day: If I’m taking action from love, the bigger question is how can I be of service in this moment?

My Tip of the Day: Try to laugh more and not take any of it too seriously. Always contextualize: The planet has been around for 4.5 billion years (!) – our time on this earth is really inconsequential in the big scheme of things.

My Pic of the Day: 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

It’s people.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Blue Jam Café.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  Meditating

10:00 AM – Working

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Le Pain Quotidien Larchmont

7:00 PM -  Teaching at AMAW Studios

11:00 PM – Meditating

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

LOL margaritas are always nice

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I try not to stay on Instagram any longer than posting and then getting off the App.

What should everyone try at least once?

An acting class!! It’s life changing. And teaches you empathy.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Anywhere in Europe. Or anywhere in the world, really

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Aqsa Altaf: Filmmaker

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My NativeAdVert:

Los Angeles based filmmaker Aqsa Altaf loves to capture moments that feel like they are stolen from everyday life. Being raised in Kuwait by Pakistani and Sri Lankan parents, Aqsa is fascinated with telling stories that are diverse in nature. She loves to dig for stories, characters, and circumstances that show the audience the part of the world that usually doesn’t get much attention. Aqsa was recently selected as one of the filmmakers to participate in the 2018 Werner Herzog Filmmaking Workshop in the Peruvian jungle organized by The Black Factory Cinema.

Her short film ONE SMALL STEP has won many awards and will be playing at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2019. She's interned for production companies like PLAN B, THE KENNEDY/MARSHALL COMPANY,  ANNAPURNA PICTURES and worked as an assistant for Jason Michael Berman at MANDALAY ENTERTAINMENT. She has wrote, directed, and produced many short films. She is currently developing her first feature film. 

My Goal of the Day: To make progress on the feature I am writing and work on the mood board for my short film. 

My Thought of the Day: Be a little better than yesterday.

My Action of the Day: Make good Matcha Latte at home.

My Deed of the Day: Be positive.

My Tip of the Day: Morning Pages!

 My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love the weather in Los Angeles. Everyday is a beautiful day filled with positive energy. It allows me to be productive and helps with taking nice walks in between long creative sessions.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Homemade egg and toast with green olives.

Not a big breakfast person in general so going out for breakfast doesn’t excite me as much.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up for work

10:00 AM – If not working for someone else, I am working for myself.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Wholefoods

7:00 PM -  Like to watch a film.

11:00 PM – Reading to wind down before going to bed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Try to avoid spending money on drinks everyday but love my matcha latte when I get it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Letterboxd! And favorite Instagram account is Somewheremagazine!

 What should everyone try at least once?

Traveling alone.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Bookshops

Tiffany Frances: Film director & Photographer

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My NativeAdVert: (Personal and/or Career)

Tiffany Frances is a film director and photographer based in Los Angeles and New York City. Her work includes narrative, commercials, branded content, and music videos. Her background working as a Casting Director, Editor, and Producer on many commercials and music videos has made her a well-rounded director. Her personal work has screened at several festivals such as La Femme Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Brand Film Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, and has been featured on publications such as Paper Magazine, Ladygunn, Stereogum, among others. She has worked with renowned clients such as National Geographic, Citi, and Acura. She was recently selected to be in SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Directors Showcase.

Her passions lie in writing female stories in interesting ways, thinking about sustainable solutions in beauty and fashion, spearheading a community garden, surfing and travelling, and taking portraits of people she loves. She also composes music as Porcelain Skyline. In her film work, she is committed to bring a voice to women and the underrepresented.

My Goal of the Day: To take another step towards my larger goals.

My Thought of the Day: Feel grateful at life’s every turn.

My Action of the Day: Lead by example, fight for your passions, and confront your fears.

My Deed of the Day: Be generous in all that you can offer when it comes to interacting with others.

My Tip of the Day: Keep moving forward but also take the time to reflect. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I took this on a recent weekend trip to San Diego – this moment watching surfers under a gorgeous sunset at one of my favorite spots ever was truly stunning.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I’ve been in –between Los Angeles and New York City lately – and I love both cities for the reasons that they balance each other out. I enjoy the hustle and street smarts NYC has to offer, while also love the access to nature and chiller vibes of LA.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

For my daily breakfast, I love a natural granola with English Breakfast tea with honey and almond milk. If I were to eat out – my go-to choice a Taiwanese breakfast place that’s in my hometown Hacienda Heights called 4 Sea Restaurant – it’s got rice rolls, radish cakes, and all sorts of soy milk.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping, hopefully, until 7 or 8. On a productive day, I’m writing.

10:00 AM – Have finished my breakfast and either at a surf session, or working and checking off my list.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

A healthy, super leafy salad with a delicious fruit smoothie hits the spot. 

7:00 PM - If I’m not finishing up work, then I’m either out with a close friend having good conversation over dinner, making dinner at home, or checking out a sunset over the sea.

11:00 PM – Watching an addicting show or movie, with a glass of wine.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

Water – and lots of it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I’ve been frequenting Redfin lately. On Instagram: @theoceanisfemale and @girlgaze

What should everyone try at least once?

Moving somewhere far and drastically different from home – gaining perspective is the richest experience.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

In a different country whilst travelling, in the midst of nature.

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https://twitter.com/TiffanyxFrances

Anne-Laure D’hooghe: Video Editor

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My NativeAdVert:

Anne-Laure D’hooghe moved from Paris to New York after earning her masters in Semiotics over 7 years ago. She established herself as a commercial editor working for brands such as Amazon, Google, Airbnb and more recently started to diversify to documentaries and music videos and just collaborated with Ariana Grande and director Hannah Lux Davis on Breathin’.She is represented in New York by Rock Paper Scissors and is also on Free the Bid to promote female artists in the industry. Website: nanahrj.com Instagram @nanah_rj Twitter @nanah_rj

My Goal of the Day: Feeling accomplished 

My Thought of the Day: When Henry Winkler won his Emmy, he said something that stuck with me: « If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you » and that’s how I see life, if I start something, I keep trying until it finally pays off. 

My Action of the Day: I do everything with a smile

My Deed of the Day: Giving clothes, recycling, composting. I do my best to be a good person everyday, for other, the planet and myself.

My Tip of the Day: Spend less time on the phone, I’m so tired of seeing everyone looking at their phone everywhere especially walking down the street.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I miss Paris dearly and this is the background on my laptop which I get to look at everyday. It’s my piece of home away from home…

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? I love the energy in New York, the melting pot of cultures. I’m an immigrant myself so it’s great to be surrounded with people from other cultures and we’re all far from our homes but find ourselves to be this one big family of New Yorkers. I can’t imagine living in any other city.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Anything with poached eggs and La Pecora Bianca is my go to breakfast spot

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  Sleeping but waking up soon and trying to squeeze a workout before work

10:00 AM - Working and drinking my 3rd espresso of the day by then

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I unfortunately often eat at work but Taste of Persia is a small Persian place in Chelsea and it’s without question my favorite lunch spot. 

7:00 PM -  Still working but trying to wrap up so I can either go home or 

11:00 PM - Reading in bed if I’m not already asleep

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? COFFEE - usually 5-6 espressos

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

NYT crosswords, Chess with Friends, Twitter then Instagram. My favorite Instagram account is probably the Bon Appetit one or anything food related ones.

What should everyone try at least once? 

Whelks. For those who don’t know, they’re like sea snails. They’re so underrated and they’re one of my favorite things.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Any city in the world. And bookstores. 

Nancy Jacobsen: Executive Producer & Partner, Crew Cuts

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My NativeAdVert:

Crew Cuts Executive Producer and Partner, Nancy Jacobsen, started at the front desk and worked her way up the corporate ladder. She is extremely hard working and continues to work with the best and the brightest in the biz. With her first-hand experience, she encourages promotion from within the company and is always looking out for her employees by encouraging them in their craft and by providing resources and tools to help them succeed.  This year, Studio Daily honored Nancy as an Exceptional Woman in Production and Post.

Crew Cuts has been recognized with over 200 awards over the past 20 years. These accolades include, but are not limited to, The Sundance Festival, Clios, Emmys, London International, Cannes Lions and Grammys. Crew Cuts is very proud to be certified as a women owned business with the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) and has been certified as a minority company since 2010. Nancy is a huge advocate for supporting women in the industry.  Outside of work, Nancy is a loving wife and mother of 2. You can often find her jamming out to Grateful Dead or mixing up a Frescata.

My Goal of the Day:  Be kind to all & call my mom

My Thought of the Day: Be healthy today

My Action of the Day: Walk home from work

My Deed of the Day:  Held door for someone on the subway

My Tip of the Day: Be patient and smile

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

Fruit on the street; pop up shops and live music

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Baked eggs at Café Luxembourg

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  showering, making kids breakfast & lunch, prepping for dinner

10:00 AM – production meeting at work

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

Szechuan Gourmet on West 39th

7:00 PM -  Homework with kids or out for drinks

11:00 PM – sleeping , still out or binge watching TV

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water – all day every day!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

E-mail and right now it’s subway creatures on Insta

What should everyone try at least once?

Traveling outside of the US

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

China Town in NYC

How did you get into the industry?:

I was living in NYC during my last year of college at Oneonta and about to graduate.  I was going to have to move home to Long Island unless I could come up with rent for the next month. I was working part time at an accessories factory and going on every interview that I could get in the fashion merchandising industry. My boss told me to interview where his daughter was currently working at a post-production company. From the moment I walked in to the interview for the receptionist position I knew this is where I had to work; not only was everyone wearing jeans, we were also shooting crumpled up paper through hoops into the garbage can throughout the entire interview!

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business? Greatest Accomplishment?:

While I was moving up through the ranks at Crew Cuts the climate of the industry was quite different than it is now a days. The industry & the environment were frenetic, creative and collaborative.  It was an industry where you could work hard and leave your stamp.  Working hard meant 12-18 hour days!  Long hours were the standard, working weekends were common, and most OT was scheduled last minute.  Despite working so much, the employees loved what they were doing and we felt we were contributing and making creative concepts come to life.  The atmosphere was “work hard, play harder” and I wanted to promote and expand on that.  Couldn’t this amazing industry be even more fun and even more generous for employees, allowing them to generate an even greater work ethic?  At my company “hanging out” is part of the job.  We’ve created an inclusive environment not only for the clients, but one where the employees could truly feel empowered.  Crew Cuts feels like a family and we boost productivity by giving employees back what they put in.

Career advice to those in your industry?

Network every contact possible to get your foot in the door.

Get over yourself and pay your dues. Work harder than you ever thought was possible without complaining.  Don’t expect to get anything handed to you.  Use your drive and passion to help you move forward & just go for it.  Be kind to everyone. Don’t take things personally, they never are.

What do you believe has been your most successful decisions and biggest mistake and how did you learn from your mistakes?

My most successful decision was to buy in to my company years ago & become an equity partner.  I was young and it was a huge investment and I had to take out a bank loan.  I went back and forth on this decision and ultimately decided that I would not let myself fail.  My hard work would be a part of the success of my company so I had to make it worth the risk. 

One of my biggest mistakes earlier on in my career was underestimating client expectations and potentially undermining the relationship.  As I grow in work and in life the decision to “take the high road” is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. The few times when I did not take this path, attempting to cut corners here or there, the situations escalated and only worsened the outcome. In this business, the customer is not necessarily always right. However, their needs and expectations must be managed, met or exceeded. Otherwise, you are at risk of losing a colleague and ultimately damaging a working relationship as well as your reputation.  

Most visited websites on your browser?

Instagram, CNN, Youtube, Amazon, Google, NBC

What’s next for Nancy Jacobsen:

In the last few years Crew Cuts has launched in to production work as well. I’m excited to watch us expand our production arm. I’d also like to see us creating more social and digital work for more diverse media outlets. There is so much creative content needed for alternative mediums and we are in an exciting time where we can partner with clients we haven’t had the opportunity to work with in the past!

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Jenny Ng Mei Mei: Filmmaker

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My NativeAdVert:

Jenny is from a tiny city island called Singapore. Like every other Singaporean, she studied hard in school and earned herself a business degree. But right after graduation, she decided against being too predictable. Without any experience, she ventured into the creative field. First as an advertising copywriter, then a scriptwriter, and now, a TVC director. Due to her several identities rolled into one, she would rather be known as a Creative Dabbler. Someone who dabbles with ideas and possibilities, because there is no end to her imagination. Her main career? She thinks, she daydreams, she writes, she films. For the past 15 years, she has been keeping her mind and soul busy with her writing, storytelling and filmmaking craft. 

My Goal of the Day: To start and end each day with a smile.

My Thought of the Day: What should I eat today that will make me really happy?

My Action of the Day: To wake, to pray, to work. 

My Deed of the Day: To have been alive and well enough to get to work. 

My Tip of the Day: To be thankful for everything you have and don’t have. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I like to spot stray cats on the streets. And trust me, they are always looking at my lenses.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

A peaceful nation. A strong (but unfair) government system. A city spoilt with choices.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Singapore’s hawker centres. Google it please, they have everything.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – On a good day, I will be dreaming my last set of dreams and remembering it at 8am.

On a better day, I will be sitting behind the monitor on a shoot set, giving instructions on the walkie talkie, and directing my LAST scene.

10:00 AM – The time when my mind starts with nothing so I can fill it with something as the minute ticks by.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Homecooked meals with loved ones at home. Best. 

7:00 PM -  Shooting up from my seat and flying out of the office door. Especially if I’ve been stuck inside the whole day. 

11:00 PM – Lying in bed, giving a prayer of thanks and dreaming my final daydream.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water at 56 degrees. At least 2 litres.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Any cat fanatic.

What should everyone try at least once?

Going under General Anesthesia. Or eating pig’s ears. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

My neighbourhood. So I can get back home right after.

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http://linkedin.com/in/jenny-ng-mei-mei-86723978

Devi Brulé: Film & Commercial Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Devi Brulé is a film and commercial director known for her visual sophistication and use of sensory detail to stir emotion and desire. Raised on a secluded island in Washington, her childhood was steeped in nature — now a rich inspiration for her work. Her style is often characterized by an intimate aesthetic, revealing a detailed fascination with texture and human touch, and a reverence for small wonders — light, breath, the purity of the natural world.

Her film Euphoria won coveted Best in Show and Gold Davey Awards, as well as festival honors for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and an Audience Choice Award. Devi has directed for Calvin Klein, Olay, Burt's Bees, Unilever, Nestle and Walmart, among others. She also directed a branded series starring Ashton Kutcher and featuring Jason Bateman, Kim Kardashian and Gary Busey.  She is most at home out in the elements, capturing wild landscapes and foreign terrains on a quest for the ethereal.

My Goal of the Day: Connect with inspiration, focus on the good, and learn something that will contribute to my growth, my relationships, or my creative voice.

My Thought of the Day: I am the observer. I am not my passing thoughts and fears.

My Action of the Day: Keep my attitude positive/helpful, and do something in support of a long-term vision of beauty and wholeness – for myself and for the world.

My Deed of the Day: Bring a smile to someone’s face, offer a compliment, or make someone feel really listened to.

My Tip of the Day: Intentionally look for positive aspects. You get what you continually look for and expect, and your focus winds up ruling your days – and ultimately, your direction in life.

My Pic of the Day:

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What do you love most about Your City?

Los Angeles is crazy-ambitious, full of people taking creative action and collaborating. People here dream of greatness, and in spite of all the hurdles, they’re still striving to achieve their dream. So many, many people have their dreams crushed out of them, or let them go because time passes or they have kids and somehow “it just isn’t reasonable.” So quickly we become downtrodden, or fail to see any creative way to pursue a calling. Continually honoring your inner vision is a tremendous feat, especially when it can take a couple decades or more to bear meaningful fruit. L.A. has so much tenacity, and I really respect that.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Recently I’ve discovered the ease and luxury of poached eggs at home. My boyfriend has figured out a few tricks and is becoming quite the chef. I’m also a big fan of waffles with berries and cream, but let’s be real, that’s not a regular occurrence... Notably, I try to relax while eating, and set aside other activities so I’m more present at the table.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM:  Alarm – tea – meditate. Walk, or sit and appreciate the birds with tea slowly warming my insides. It’s so important for me to set my attitude first thing in the morning. It’s the difference between a mediocre day of overwhelm, and a patient day of productivity and ease. Plus if my mind isn’t in a good state, it affects those around me. So especially for leading a team, it’s paramount to set my mind on the right track.

10:00 AM: Depending on the phase of production, I may be writing a pitch, writing a commercial treatment, making a lookbook, in a casting session, location scouting, directing on set, editing footage, reviewing audio, meeting with collaborators, talking with my manager, or reading a script. This is what I love about being in film/advertising and working freelance – there’s so much variety.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Sitting next to someone I love, pretty much anywhere. Village Bakery in Atwater is great – it’s a true bakery so you can pick up a loaf of sourdough, too. Alcove Café has a nice atmosphere and big patio, and I love being outside so I have a lot of meetings there. I tend to eat a very late breakfast, so lunch often slides into the afternoon or combines with dinner.

7:00 PM: Usually still churning – editing, color correction, emails, submitting a new cut of a commercial. Sometimes there’s a special screening or industry workshop. More often I go for a walk around sunset/dusk to reinvigorate and connect with myself. When I’m not under deadline, I may start to wind down and watch a movie. That’s usually later though. I dream of one day accomplishing everything for the day by 7pm and I’m asleep by 9:30 – Adult Ambitions.

11:00 PM:  I hope to be asleep by now. Often I’m finishing a movie or binge-watching a series. Or discussing historical geo-politics and the future of humanity with my Mensa boyfriend.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I’m very much a tea enthusiast. Black tea first thing in the morning. Followed by green tea or more black. I must have decaf options, though; being highly caffeinated doesn’t quite go with my zen ambitions. Usually mint or nettle tea in the afternoon. And water!

What should everyone try at least once?

Active Curiosity. Intentionally try on someone else’s perspective, particularly with something that irritates you or feels utterly foreign. This could be simply asking genuine questions in conversation, and really using your imagination. It could be reading something you suspect will go against your model of the world. This is really about genuine curiosity. Most people know their opinion and are sticking to it, but it’s a lack of curiosity that kills businesses, relationships, and unfortunately now our planet. Authentic curiosity is a reviver of empathy and life.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I’m fascinated with @stayandwander. Talk about composition… I’m easily seduced by nature, and especially love unique landscapes and weaving the natural world into my work. Stay & Wander has a way of also including something human in the frame, and their images look like they’re right out of a wild, elegant commercial. I love that.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In the forest, definitely – especially on the island where I grew up. Also in a great film or book. On Pinterest when I’m building a visual treatment. And in tunnels of video essays deconstructing filmic/storytelling technique.

Website:  http://www.devibrule.com/

Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/devibrule

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/devibrule

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/devibrule/

Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/devibrule

Gabriela Mo: Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Gabriela Mo has first studied Journalism, because she likes to write. From poetry to movie scenes, inspired by other people’s stories and her own dreams and experiences. Then she started to express herself as a photographer because she understands that the image transcends the word.

But there are other ways to make connections. She began directing films for Vice, adding visual quality to narrative constructions, and engaging herself in the creative process from the beginning. With naturalist photography and an immersive camera, she creates inspirational stories from ordinary routine. She sees beauty in everyday life and combines her sense in her works, whether documentary or commercial. Commercially, Gabriela worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Kenzo, Samsung, Natura, Avon and others. “Her personal photography work is focused around women, as well as fashion campaigns.”

My Goal of the Day:  Today, like any other day, I try to be present. There’s no past, there’s no future. I do the best I can here and now.  

My Thought of the Day:  There is infinite time in the present moment. Enjoy the freedom of silence. 

My Action of the Day: I like to let everything flow naturally, without locking myself into the schedule, but it is still important to have an agenda, a notebook or a method of organization. 

My Deed of the Day: Fulfilling some commitments is sometimes difficult for me. Today I plan to check all the pending items on my list.

My Tip of the Day: Finish what you start.  Make any encounter a learning experience. Everyone has something to teach us. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

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This is Tash, an Australian friend. :) 

A Day in My Life: 

What do you love most about Your City?

What holds me most in São Paulo is the amount of energy that runs through the veins of this great city taken. It is a city with many references and in constant transformation. The amount of information that surrounds São Paulo helps me to build myself. The more we can know of other universes the more possibilities of the world we will have.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I like to feed on what nourishes me, what gives me energy and at the same time makes me light, without consuming me. So I'd rather prepare my meals and know what exactly I'm eating. Home made granola yogurt or a simple tapioca with avocado are the best. Trying to reduce coffee. Not really.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up. I am a day person, the first rays of the sun wake me up, I never use the alarm, unless I need to catch a flight or have an urgent meeting. If not, I intend to respect my natural schedules, because that way I can enjoy better and be more productive in the following hours. There is nothing less productive for me than a stressful, rushed morning.

10:00 AM - After doing Yoga, it is about 10 o'clock in the morning that I actually begin to think about work and commitments of the day. But it's a battle not to get lost in social networks.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

I love trying out natural and vegan restaurants.

7:00 PM -  I enjoy solitude, moments of reading and meditation. I have changed it a lot, but at this point in my life, at 7pm I like to be relaxing and winding down.

11:00 PM - Zzzz

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I like the coffee-making ritual, maybe as much as drinking. Lately I've been drinking a full pot! But I have other sources of inspiration at the end of the day that are not necessarily drinking it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Spotify, Instagram and Whatsapp are certainly the apps that I use most. I have an Instagram account called @nakedismyfavoritecolor . I've been updating a lot lately.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everything. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Inside my mind.

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Liz Miele: Comedian

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My NativeAdVert:

Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on Comedy Central's "This Week at the Comedy Cellar," AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage” and Fox’s “Laughs.” and on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." She’s been profiled in Runner's World, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Guardian. Liz regularly tours with Armed Forces Entertainment and just performed on Chris McDougall, author of "Born to Run." book tour. She’s completed seven European tours and two Asian tours. 

Her joke “Feminist Sex Positions” went viral both on YouTube and Upworthy.com reaching millions of views. She just completed writing and producing season one of her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by great comics including, Maz Jobrani, Hari Kondabolu, Ted Alexandro, Dean Edwards, DC Benny, Joe Machi and so many more. She also co-produced and co-starred in 40 episodes of a web series called “Apt C3” with fellow comic, Carmen Lynch and fashion photographer, Chris Vongsawat. Liz’s albums "Emotionally Exhausting" and “Mind Over Melee” are on iTunes and Amazon and regularly play on Sirius/XM. For more info visit her web site: www.lizmiele.com

My Goal of the Day: Work on something creative

My Thought of the Day: If I do something today on my to do list I’ll be proud of myself.

My Action of the Day: Relisten to sets from last night and transcribe and rewrite bits.

My Deed of the Day: Be nice to myself.

My Tip of the Day: Charge phone in the other room. Treat it like your cat you are mad at and ignore it back.

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Its open lateness. I can grocery shop at midnight! Also the vast amount of bubble tea places.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Lately it’s fried egg and cheese sandwich on sourdough bread. Fav restaurant is any place with a good taco.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – sleeping

10:00 AM - sadly still sleeping (no judgies, I work at night!!)

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I brunch at home most days cause I wake up late. So its eggs with whatever i have in the fridge.

7:00 PM -  On the subway heading to a show I’m performing on.

11:00 PM - Either running to another show or trying to stay awake on the subway home.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I love iced green tea and bubble tea :)

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

My notes app i use a lot and I do spend too much time on Instagram. Fav acct is @Bodegacatsofinstagram

What should everyone try at least once?

Not caring what people think

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Any new country. My fav thing to do is go for a run and just go wherever looks interesting or new and then let google help me get back to my hotel.

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Debby Lewis-Harrison: Food Photographer & Director

My NativeAdVert:

Debby Lewis-Harrison has worked in the world of advertising since she graduated in 2001. Formerly a stylist, Debby moved into photography specialising in food and still life photography, which led her to directing. Her work has a ‘perfectly imperfect’ feel to it and she works in both editorial and advertising.