@by_dos_santos

The Reel Women
Feb 6 · 3 min read

1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?

I fell in love with it; that feeling that I had to do this; I began working in this industry after working various other careers that I didn’t have a passion for.

2) What’s a defining moment in your life?

The moment I decided to leave my well-established career in Retail, move to LA on a whim and without a plan, and dive into screenwriting having no prior knowledge of the field.

3) What is your biggest concern with the future?

My biggest concern is the oversaturation of cookie-cutter content. I hope that we will continue to see more diversity and unique stories on screen. As a filmmaker, I create the kind of content I want to see more of and hope that it inspires other storytellers to tell their unique stories as well.

4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?

A successful moment in my career was when my film, “This May Take a While” premiered at the Official Latino Film Festival in Coachella. What made it special was that it was the first time one of my films screened publicly to an audience of strangers, and to hear genuine laughs and see smiles on peoples’ faces was truly a wonderful feeling.

5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?

My advice would be to go after what you want. If you want to direct, direct your own content. If you want to write, write and get your work out there. Get feedback and collaborate with others. Always seek to learn and grow as an artist. When you put positive energies out into the universe, the right people will find you and be an advocate for you.

6) What, if anything, do you collect?

I used to collect mini snow globes, but nowadays I am pretty minimalistic. I love to travel and am quite the nomad, so for me it’s important to keep only what’s necessary. So if anything, I’d say I collect travel memories.

7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?

I’m currently writing another feature screenplay and am in pre-production on a short comedy film, @thehappysidemovie that will shoot this winter. I’m currently crowdfunding to raise funds to produce the film, so if you have the time, please check out my campaign video. After this film, I’m sure I’ll be eager to make the next film and to collaborate with other artists!

www.michelledossantos.com

IG: @by_dos_santos

Twitter: @bydossantos

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