New ABCs of Producing….G is for God because you will pray.
When you’ve done all that you can do. Pray.
Especially when you are so tired, and you are the producer, the cast and crew driver, the crafty and fuck my life, the scripty too. Yes, through the fire, the phoenix rises.
Picture it, 2am, a block from your house, a van full of crafty, wardrobe and trash. Film crews create so much trash. You have made the wise decision to unload the van. As tired as you are, the worrier in you will not allow you to leave a van full of shit parked on the street overnight. What if some loser smashes the window hoping for treasure then trashes the van in revenge when all they find is a cooler full of possibly sour bologna, squashed bread and soggy cheese. Absolutely not, not on your watch.
The thought of unloading the van in and of itself is enough to bring tears to your eyes. But the realization that you have to find a parking spot for this 15 passenger bohemoth really opens the floodgate – of tears, and then of course the prayers….
God please, I know you haven’t gotten me this far to leave me now. Please god let there be a parking space in front of my house. Please God, please.
Then the affirmations…
There will be a parking spot in front of my house. There will be a parking spot in front of my house. There will be a parking spot in front of my house. There will be a parking spot in front of my house. There will be a parking spot in front of my house.
Then you turn on the block. Cars, tons of cars, both sides bumper to bumper. You get closer to your building. Is that? Is it really?
Oh God! YES! Thank you.
Then you cry because you know, that yes. You really are blessed.
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Huriyyah Muhammad is the Founder of the Black TV & Film Collective and Managing Partner of Infinite Wings Media. As an independent feature film producer, she has led the production of multiple independent feature films from development to market, and most recently completed filming projects in Nairobi, Kenya and Madhya Pradesh, India. Works she is most proud of include her documentary, Her Song, currently in post-production and Soko Sonko, Swahili for Market King, which continues to win awards. Huriyyah will soon make her narrative directorial debut with the supernatural series, Keloid. In addition to these projects, her filmography includes over 14 other works. It has not been easy, but it has certainly been fun.
Huriyyah is an avid writer, director and producer who is passionate about creating long-lasting opportunities for people of color within film and TV. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Spelman College.