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Interview with Filmmaker – Stacie Davis

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The realization of one’s potential leads people to find meaning and make decisions based on faith or by taking action. However, we must acknowledge that understanding both faith and action collectively forms our beliefs and is essential to the way we live. More importantly, and above all, these two entities provide insights into our future. 

Continue reading the interview to gather insights about Stacie Davis and how her belief in faith and action became the ideology that paved the way for her entrepreneurial journey. You will also learn why she shifted from journalism to entertainment production, and why leaders must possess the qualities of delegation alongside having a vision.

What according to you makes for a transformational leader? How do you integrate the same thought into your leadership?

A transformational leader is someone who: Encourages the motivation and positive development of followers. Sets goals and inspires people to achieve their goals. I try my best to use these tools in my everyday life. Leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.

What prompted your interest and subsequently your foray into the film and entertainment industry?

While studying broadcast journalism at Claflin University, I interned with an ABC affiliate news reporter Tonya Brown who taught me the art of storytelling. I took my journalism writing skills and transitioned to creative writing for television and film. 

What has the journey been like for Stacie Davis over the years?

I worked in the news field after graduating college before transitioning to film. I didn’t take the route of film school, instead my route was picking up techniques, reading and researching the industry more in depth. In my years of producing, I’ve seen highs and experienced lows but I’m grateful for every moment because it taught me resilience and made me stronger to stand in this industry. 

Looking back, what would you have done differently when starting out?

I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I learned so much on my path that was created for me. You have to follow your path with no regrets.

What would be your advice for aspiring and emerging women leaders in the film industry?

My advice is to be confident especially to the women who are aspiring to be in the television/film industry whether they are directors, producers, writers, makeup artist – be confident in who you are and to always treat people with respect.

Talk to us about your ideology that all things are possible with belief and action.

I believe in my Faith and it teaches me that with Faith and work ethic – all things are possible. 

What has been the biggest roadblock during your journey? What has been your biggest learning?

I read a quote that says, “A great leader delegates, gets more accomplished.” The biggest lesson I learned is it is okay to delegate so you won’t be overwhelmed on your journey.

What does the future look like for you in the coming years?

I am currently planning a wedding to marry my friend Kevin Hamilton who is beyond supportive of me and I’m working and constantly improving myself as a writer, producer and leader. 

Finally, what do you think is the most important trait for a leader and why?

Vision is an important trait for a leader to have. According to Crestcom, they write that “A vision brings the team together under a common goal so that your team is not simply working, but is working together to create something that moves you closer to realizing your leadership vision. Leadership vision is a vivid, aspirational picture of the future of your organization. It is long-term and measurable.”

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