We had the good fortune of connecting with Joan Montreuil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joan, what do you attribute your success to?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Absolutely! I am a seasoned playwright, scriptwriter, and author with a strong passion for the Arts. I truly believe that I stumbled upon this blessing after experiencing a very difficult upbringing and somehow writing in my diary as a young girl made me feel safe to express my emotions privately. Who would have known that writing would be one of my purposes here on earth? To this day, I am truly grateful that my mom was wise enough to introduce me to the Art of writing and self-expression. I can remember that day when my mom bought me a diary that happened to have a key to it. This practice of expressing my daily thoughts did wonders in the way I processed emotional trauma. This kind of child-rearing helped me throughout my life. When I would fall away and stop writing I would find my way right back to the art of writing which led to writing stage plays, for a total of 10 consecutive years, then the rest is history. I moved to Houston and wrote my first feature film, from there, a webisode, a host of short films, which led to feature films now distributed films nationwide.
Which leaves me to my career. Is being a filmmaker a good career choice? Yes. While some may say that filmmaking is a hobby, this is probably based on a slow and low return on the profit. Being a filmmaker or film director, in today’s day and age is more of a boon than a bane. And there is a combination of things that have contributed to this current era of filmmakers. One is that technology has made major advancements, like motion and action in a film which helps keep the audience’s attention. Let’s not mention the content creators today are creating more movies that inspire, educate and their production method is on another level in times past.
I’ve been blessed to create content that has opened a revolving door for distribution. Wisdom Productions, LLC has been in existence for over 25 years. Having several films in rotation allows me the grace to receive residuals that are sufficient for the purpose to reinvest in greater works. WP is a multi-faceted establishment that has acquired more training, content, and a larger team. We developed programs and courses that would sustain WP over 25 years transforming from stage productions to film productions, we are equipped with a professional team ready to assist. WP has dedicated its time, effort, and talent, all to providing opportunities for writers and filmmakers to portray their talent. We welcome non-union and union actors but most importantly, joining our team of professionals will help cultivate your introduction of love for the Film, Theater, and Media industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them out to enjoy some crawfish from Blue Water Seafood restaurant. I’m from New Orleans, so we must go there first for lunch. Secondly, I would suggest the Prey Cajun Restaurant located @ 17 Post Oak Blvd Suite 290, Houston Texas!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the past two decades of dedicating my life to the ARTS, I’ve met some amazing people along the way, from all walks of life. So many people have groomed me into the person I am today and continue to do so. Their guidance and wisdom are responsible for how I show up in society today as a servant leader, caregiver, wife, mentor, life coach, and friend. I am grateful to all the spiritual leaders and co-laborers who helped counseled me beforehand for the hardship I would endure in this lifetime. To my mother, my dear friend, for the time, effort, and love that she’d given me before she passed away and the amazing support of my husband and dear children. My immediate family has played a pivotal role in my life and supported me wholeheartedly. I cannot imagine what life would be like without them. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Credit Photo: Devin Brown Isimply Imaginative