We had the good fortune of connecting with Joan Montreuil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
To be honest, there were a few decisions that needed to be made. Let’s begin with eliminating the need for the middle man! This usually creates a win-win for countless indie filmmakers from a money perspective. In addition to that, staying persistent and consistent are some of the rationales behind my success. Due to a lack of finances to support my vision, I had to self-teach, self-educate, and self-discipline myself at the beginning of my career and tap into my creative side if I was going to stay on track. I oftentimes assume that I am an autodidact. I do not like to be restricted by the middle man, particularly when it distracts or hinders my projects. It took me a long time to comprehend that I could not depend on others to bring my vision to pass. I had to take authority over my own destiny; I had to stay focus and stick to the agenda.
I am an award-winning Author and Filmmaker. I have over two decades of experience in the Arts, Media & Entertainment Industry. Ten years in stage theater and sixteen years in film and media. I am the Founder and C.E.O of two thriving organizations, Wisdom Production International, LLC, and Brilliant Women In Film. I write, direct, produce, edit, coordinate & manage film sets, design posters, and market my products. I’ve been telling stories for a long time now, but my goal remains the same, and that is to spread a message of faith, courage, and wisdom.
Although discouragement has come, it has also disappeared and I’m still here. When there was little to no support to help fund the freshman projects I hung in there. When my message of faith was criticized, I hung in there. When I filmed my first project with two JVC hand-held cameras using Sony Vegas software, I hung in there. Today, I encourage you to go with the goers and the givers will come! Whoever believes in you, they will support your work, and help where they can, even if it’s just sharing a poster on their social media page. And don’t forget to pray for discernment, you need to safeguard your vision at all costs. Guard your vision like you guard your heart. A vision, can be stolen and manipulated but don’t worry, you are the only one who has the strategy and the favor of God to bring that vision to completion. I thank GOD for my husband who has funded all of my filmmaking adventures including my sons, Sean Johnson, LaMarcus Tinker, and Devin Brown whom I started my film journey with. We’ve collaborated also on countless projects and have so many more to complete. They too are Actor’s Screenwriters, Producer’s, Director’s, Editors, and Director of Photographer’s, so we understand that the struggle is real!
Nevertheless, never lose focus, instead, work on building a team, those who are like-minded and possess the same positive energy to produce meaningful and purposeful television, film, and media projects with content that counts. Raise the bar, write a feature film, build an audience, film it, get distribution, then you can use residual checks to finance your next project. Again, don’t allow the middle man to manage your affairs, read, and study to show yourself approved, test the waters, step out in faith, get creative, and nurture your vision. Lastly, believe in yourself and find others who believe in you. Stop seeking approval from others and go with God. I believed in myself, therefore I invested my time, my attention, and my money. We must always remember that we are our #1 supporter, and only you can feel that burning passion from within to produce the product. Experiencing disappointments and obstacles along the way are a part of growing pains, but the triple “P’s” which stands for passion, prayer, and purpose will keep your vision alive!
We all have a story to tell, and someone’s life is depending on you to tell it, and if you can’t tell it now, I encourage you to help someone else tell theirs. Be patient, for, in a matter of time, you will learn how to be content in any state that you are in, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience, experience; and experience, hope. Keep in mind that you being rich in faith and confidence; should know yourself, know your GOD, stir up your gift, maintain your prayer life, lean not to your understanding, trust GOD and He will lead and guide you. Now, go and be great and enjoy your journey! Your steps are ordered!
If I wanted to show my best friend a good time, I would take them to Blue Water Seafood! I am from New Orleans, Louisiana and I love seafood! I visit this restaurant quite regularly to order the Captains special which comes with Crawfish, Crabs, Corn, Potatoes & Shrimp! Oh, and don’t forget the spicy garlic sauce! Next, I will also take them to see a good movie at Studio Movie Grill, [Memorial Location] where you can eat and enjoy the movie, all-in-one. The shrimp quesadilla is to die for! And of course, let’s head on over to the church house! There are so many churches preaching and teaching the word of GOD! There’s nothing like redeeming the soul on a Sunday morning, then dinning in at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for lunch and place an order or some fried alligator and boiled shrimp during the happy hour! Don’t forget the spicy garlic sauce! Yes! Garlic is good for the heart and its finger-licking good!
A shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Whom would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout to God first who is my savior, my life-partner Byron, my sons, my beloved mother, Viola Montreuil, my family, and all of my talented, BWIF sisters and close friends!