Boomers International Interviews

Dorez Douglas Interview

Interview by BoomersInt

Question 1:
How do you like the entertainment business?

I am passionate about it and would do it even if I wasn't being paid. The only thing I don't like is that there doesn't seem to be a serious networking industry group that really helps people get to know the Hollywood 'players.'

Question 2:
It is a well known fact that it is very difficult to make it in Hollywood ; how would you advice the young people who come out here to try to make it as well as for many aspiring artists currently working in the industry?

I would suggest that you first learn your craft and become a master at it. For instance... if you're a writer, take a screenwriting class and work on one script until it's as good as it can get. If you want to act, take a course. In other words, get the training you need. Then network as much as you can. Volunteer with a charity, attend film screenings & film festivals. Join an online and a local filmmaking group. If there aren't any organizations for filmmakers (or actors) in your town, start your own group.

Question 3:
How did you get start in your business?

I took a job as a secretary through a temp agency. The agency was affiliated with movie studios and television networks. So, that's how I got my foot in the door. Before that, I used to produce my own cable show. That's a great way to get started - especially nowadays. Cable is more respected than it was when I was a beginner in the industry. You can contact your cable company and ask about their Producer's Orientation class. Tell them you want to have a show on their Public Access or Leased Access channel. Make sure you already have a show idea first. Be sure to watch the Public Access channels in your area, so you can get an idea of the types of shows already on the air. Make sure yours is different, edgy and fresh.

Question 4:
Do you enjoy that aspect of being creative in this business, WHat is the most rewarding aspect?

The most rewarding thing about my job is the freedom it allows me. I don't have to go to an office everyday or punch a clock etc. I work from home. I set my own hours. The other thing I love is being able to help writers get deals to turn their stories into movies. There's nothing like seeing a script turned into a film.

Question 5:
What is the most disappointment event? If you do not mind sharing.

The disappointing part of being in this industry is the fact that Hollywood people can be extremely shallow. You're judged by the way you look, the car you drive, where you live and so forth. It upsets me because there are a lot of talented people who won't get a shot at making their dreams come true because of how they look or where they live. It isn't right. I wish there was a way to organize people who have some influence in this industry - to create a venue for those who are just starting out.

Question 6:
How do you like living in LA?

The 'down' side of living in Los Angeles is the shallow/insincere people and the fact that it's such a huge place. Everything is so spread out... it's difficult to establish and maintain friendships. People don't want to drive a long way or won't call you if you're in a certain area code.
The good thing about living here is the weather and all of the opportunities to make dreams happen.... to have the career you want. You can make a living doing almost anything here - if you're good at your craft and persistent.

Question 7:
You mentioned on our Yahoo Boomers Group that you have a daughter in Clothing business, Can you tell us more about her business and how she got started

Yes, I do have a daughter (Anna) who has her own fashion business. Her company is ANR apparel. She got her start in a round-about way. I was producing a showcase video for a friend and we needed help in the Wardrobe Department. Anna had always been interested in fashion, but she didn't want to work in the entertainment industry. But, I asked her to help us out, so she did. The woman who was head of the Wardrobe Dept. enjoyed working with Anna and was impressed with her talent. She suggested Anna take classes in fashion, and recommended a school. Anna decided to look into it, some time later, when she got sick of working at the airport. As it turned out, the Fashion classes were going to start in a few days. So, we had to move quickly.

Anna signed up for their 2-year fashion course. After graduation, she worked in retail for a while. But she grew tired of that after a while. She decided to create her own line of clothes and sell them on the internet.

My husband and I helped her get started (financially). It was a struggle, and she had to sew her own samples. But, she eventually got it done and set up her website. She took a DreamWeaver class to learn how to do that. Later, she met some women who own a store in Detroit, and that's how she got her clothes into a store. A friend of mine then decided to invest in her company. Anna now has clothing in Detroit and Chicago. So, her business is finally on the way up. We're very proud of her.

This is her web site:

Dorez Douglas Resume

P.O. Box 352320, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Dorez Douglas, a Detroit native and former gospel singer, is a writer/producer in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, she has worked in the fields of public relations, theater, film and television.

From 1990-2003, Douglas produced a number of plays, short projects, videos, and an independent film, “Beverly Hood” which is currently available on video. Stars of the film include Kym Whitley and Destiny’s Child. In the mid-1990’s, Douglas co-executive produced an animated special for ABC-TV. The program, “Jirimpimbira: An African Folktale” was a critical and commercial success, receiving excellent reviews from TV Guide and Animation magazine, as well as a Parents Choice Award. It featured the voices of Diahann Carroll, Paul Winfield, James Avery, Meshach Taylor, Dawnn Lewis and Jamil Smith.

In 1997, Douglas created the Entertainment Industry Training Program (EITP) as part of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles. The program trained youth (13-18 years old) for jobs behind the camera and was co-sponsored by DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Entertainment among others. EITP students were allowed to visit the set of such television shows as “413 Hope Street,” “Moesha,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “NBC News” and John Singleton’s film “Baby Boy.”

Guest Workshop Instructors included: Bruce Evans (NBC executive), Crystal King (Miramax), Judy Woodruff & Elaine Hogue (ABC News Correspondent and Producer respectively), Lewis Dix (Comedian & Actor), Meta Williams (Former Women In Film President) and various executives from DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox.

In 2003, Douglas left EITP because of scheduling conflicts. She now divides her time between writing, shopping her screenplay, “Love Is Blind” and developing projects with her partner, Academy-Award winning technician Willie Burton. Burton’s credits include: “The Color Purple,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Courage Under Fire,” “The Green Mile” and “The Antwone Fisher Story,” among others.

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