Writer/Director/Producer at Awa Films

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Who or what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a social worker, help at risk babies

What is your professional background?

I am an Acupuncturist and a Film Maker

When do you feel the most creative or inspired?

When working on stories that resonate with me.

When are you happiest?

I’m happiest when i’m flowing and unencumbered.

What’s the best stress relief advice you’ve ever been given?

Chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.. Powerful

What is your most treasured possession?

My babies, my buddhist practice.. and my spirit

What is the most important thing life has taught you thus far?

No matter how hard things get, or how much you may be doubting yourself, your potential is as vast as the Universe, so don’t give up.

What is your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in your industry? Be a good person, make connections and don’t be an asshole.. Because who wants to work with assholes.. not me (Feel free to not include the don’t be an asshole part hahaha)

What is your big project or goal for 2019?

I have produced Colonial Combat this year, a web series, my film Hinekura is beginning to play in festivals, so I’m travelling with that.. and I am one of three producers making Kath Akuhata-Brown’s feature film. Busy year.

Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

All the amazing female film makers I am meeting and connecting with.

Who do you collaborate with best?

Amazing women

Who has challenged you to be better than you once were?

The younger me.. Aue!

How does courage manifest in your work?

By not being afraid to push back against the status quo, and by forging ahead no matter what obstacles appear.

When has mentorship played a role in your life?

Often, and in all aspects of my life. My Buddhist mentor Dr Daisaku Ikeda, as a spiritual mentor.. all the pioneer female film makers.. my husband often helps me with my work. My close female friendships. All these people contribute positively to my growth.

What one thing do you think would improve gender equality in New Zealand?Empowering and encouraging more women in positions of power.. and deconstructing the outdated thoughts and structures that create inequality

Image from Bec's latest film Hinekura