Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Taelor Clay, one of the newest members of the Black TV & Film Collective. Taelor is a filmmaker, novelist, fiction editor, and script consultant. She is a Morgan State alumni, and a lover of Shonda Rhimes and Animaniacs, she is also currently in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in screenwriting. She shared with us some of her short and long term goals.
What led you to the Black TV & Film Collective?
It was the title of the group itself! I crave a network of Black filmmakers to grow and learn with. I am all about a community of building. I see a group like this ending up being a component of a new Black Wall Street of sorts.
How did your journey lead you to filmmaking?
I was a Psychology major a Morgan State University, out of fear and security. I was constantly being told, in some instances even by my film mentors, that film was just a hobby for me and that I should get my PhD and do film and writing on the side. After hours of consulting with advisers and with my inner self, I decided to pursue what I now know to be my true passions and my sources of energy- writing and producing.
What are your goals as a filmmaker?
My goals are to have LoveJayRenaissance Productions to eventually have a minimum of ten successful hour long dramas in its entire run. I also want to invest heavily into Morgan State’s film school and have it be among the most competitive of film schools for admission.
Tell us about any current projects or ones in development.
I am currently working on two projects – my short film, The Art of Shade, and my web series, In Good Talks. The Art of Shade is about, well, throwing shade. In Good Talks is about a young man who steals an important document from his girlfriend- he damages their relationship permanently, but opens up a world that nearly makes it worth the loss.
Why these projects and why right now?
As far as In Good Talks, it’s my first experience leading a series of works. I have never been this challenged and experienced this much growth in my life. It is the best type of stress. The Art of Shade, is a project I started in 2012 and experienced multiple roadblocks on my way to finishing. I still do. But the project (pardon me for tooting my own horn) is HILARIOUS. And I think it deserves to be finished.
Who are the biggest supporters in your life?
The answer tends to change, haha. Not everyone is always on board with what I feel like I should be doing in my life. I’ve been feeling a little TOO independent lately- which is another reason why I’m so grateful to have joined the Collective. I would love to extend the same support I am looking for!
The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective.