Interview by Carl Marsh - July 2014
Was the project a long one to complete, and were there any pitfalls in production?
I’ve been developing the DARK PROPHET multiplatfom story world and media for two years. Thus far, I’ve created the digital series, three plus original branded songs, the comic book, a mobile app and merchandising. We go into production on original social media shows in August. These are 11 scripted and unscripted shows revolving around the DARK PROPHET world that will premiere on social media platforms.
I know you are an avid reader, so what type of books do you like to read, and what is your favourite book, and why?
This is almost as hard as asking, what’s my favorite film. It’s difficult to choose one. My favorite genres are action orientated stories in the areas of crime, sic-fi, thriller, espionage, fantasy. Despite the genre, real human drama and relationships must be at the heart of the story. Human aspirations, struggles, conflicts and triumphs are what I’m most drawn to, in any storytelling format.
Some of my favorite books are short stories by O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe. Short stories by these authors inspired me to start writing.
With reading, I am keen to inspire many more to read through this website, so what message would you give to inspire more to read?
I think the more you read, the more you want to write—and the more you write, the more you want to read. Reading is as natural as breathing. There are so many stories and worlds waiting to be explored. I suggest young readers begin reading books on subjects they’re interested in. In addition, once a reader discovers his/her favorite authors, to read as much of the authors worlds as possible. I also encourage readers to read subjects that inspire their creativity. An inspired creative mind makes magic happen in life.
Now that Dark Prophet is 'out there', what do you hope to have done, or be doing over the next 12 months?
I’m in the process of packaging the one-hour series to pitch to the networks. I’m also packing two other shows as well. I believe I’ll be showrunning one to two shows by next year.
If I could ask about yourself, how did you get into your field of work, in case any readers want to follow in your footsteps?
My entire existence has been about visual storytelling. I came out of the womb drawing and painting. That lead me to graphic design, interactive design and writing short stories, which I wanted to direct and produce. That lead me to studying directing at NYU Tisch School of the arts. At Tisch, I fell in love with the screenwriting format. I’ve been writing, directing and creating multiplatform storytelling content ever since. In L.A., I earned my MFA form UCLA for screenwriting and television showrunning. I utilize and combine all of my storytelling skills on every project. From writing, directing, producing, designing, creating games, creating technologies and more.
I would like to ask you Evette, if you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
I’m a Leo and have always felt like a lioness. I’m queen of my domain and take care of and am loyal to everyone in my life and team. It’s how I roll. ;)
All the best with Dark Prophet and the success it will bring,
Thank you so much! I’m honoured to have answered your questions.
Occupation: Producer / Director