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Effie Brown

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in New Jersey—my father was a corporate businessman and my mother was a social worker.
Attended Loyola Marymount University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in film production and theater.
I struggled with diversity, discrimination, and underrepresentation in school and in my early career, which sparked my lifelong mission to bridge those gaps through storytelling.
After graduating, I participated in Film Independent's Project Involve, an intensive fellowship for people seeking a career in the film industry.
I started my career working for Tim Burton Productions as the director of development.
Some of my early projects include “But I’m A Cheerleader” and “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her.”
Founded Duly Noted, Inc., a Los Angeles-based award-winning production company that has produced critically acclaimed films like “Real Women Have Curves,” “Rocket Science,” and “Dear White People.”
In 2015, I joined Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the reboot of “Project Greenlight,” where I served as the mentor and producer to the winner of the filmmaking competition.
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Career

Film Producer

I am an award-winning film producer known for "Real Women Have Curves" and "Dear White People."

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Film
Business
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Every day, I pray, I meditate and go to the gym. I try to take care of any non-work related tasks early in the morning to get them out of the way. I then go to any meetings. I spend the majority of my time working on the different aspects of any projects I have going on like...casting a movie, trying to secure any future projects, etc. I also sit on the Academy's museum committee where I am helping them with aspects dealing with inclusion and diversity. My days are usually very busy!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Making lists and staying on top of things is really important. Be passionate, vulnerable, and open, but know when to turn that on and off. When you are the one in charge, you have to be able to command authority and get stuff done. Everyone needs to be an active listener because that is when you have true communication and people can begin to relate to one another.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

The importance of community in this industry is HUGE! Find your community and the people that can help you succeed, wherever that might be. Take some business classes. This isn't called show charity, it's called show business. Learning about the details of business will give you an advantage in the different areas of this industry.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You girls must have done something wrong."

Challenges I Overcame

Gender and Racial Discrimination
Imposter Syndrome

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