Reimagine with Christina Faith

This is our reimagine series. Where we catch up with previous guest on our podcast to see how they’ve reimagined their creativity since we last talked to them on the podcast. The last time we spoke to Christina it was September 2017.

If you are still in the creative industry since we last spoke how have you grown as a creative and was there something specific you focused on to aid in your growth as a creative. 

I am still in the creative industry. Over the last six years, I have grown tremendously. When we last spoke, I believe I was working on Single and Anxious. Since then, I’ve released four short films, 22 episodes of a digital series, and two feature films. I’ve grown as a writer, director, and producer. The last six years have been about resilience, development, and honing my craft.

How has your storytelling changed or stayed the same? What stories are important that you tell and why? 

My storytelling has gotten more nuanced and centered around personal stories that resonate with me. I’ve honed my craft around complicated stories of humanity, family, and love. It’s always been of utmost importance for me as a creative to tell stories grounded in why people make the decisions they make. What exists in a character’s backstory that is driving them? What flaws are being masked as strengthens? How can I cinematically level up with each story and scene? How do I serve the story and not my interests?

Collaboration is key in our industry. What collaboration do you most appreciate and why? 

Collaboration is key. Unless you are shooting short-form content for social media consumption, it takes an entire team to create. I enjoy all aspects of the industry’s collaboration process, from department heads to writers to actors to below-the-line crew. I thrive in collaboration. Collaboration allows a brain trust to exist that is not simply inside your brain. It allows a story to receive a greater level of depth. 

What would you tell someone looking to collaborate with others, what is key? 

The key to collaboration is allowing everyone to work from their strengths and not their weaknesses. I find that having a common goal and defined roles is the best way to collaborate. Don’ take yourself too seriously, hold the story tight but lose, and resolve conflicts immediately. Too often, there is confusion, division, and bitterness in collaboration. By being willing to resolve and address conflicts or misunderstandings, you will develop strong bonds that can’t be broken. You should also be mindful of who you work well with and who you don’t. I believe that you should enjoy collaborating and that it should be mutually beneficial for all parties involved. 

What are you currently working on and future goals for yourself as a creative? 

I am currently writing two features and two pilots (You have to have what’s next while in production or post). My team and I are shopping another Christmas movie surrounding Black love and grief. I’m also in the process of securing my first episodic directing gig. 

Do you see yourself creating again if so in what aspects? 

I don’t believe there will ever be a time that I am not creating in some aspect. I am focusing my attention on building an extensive catalog of feature films, TV shows, and docuseries that Creative Thought Media owns while servicing networks.

What would you tell someone who was just starting out or someone who was ready to quit?

KEEP GOING! Continue to hone your craft and clock in those hours. I never gave up or stopped, no matter the frustrations or the waiting. STAY THE COURSE if you have been called to create. Every day is a challenge to develop and keep going. Yet, each day is worth it in the long run.

What do you do to refuel yourself? 

I am huge on rest and spiritual disciplines. I try to make sure that I schedule a week every 10-14 days to do nothing. One of the most significant issues with creatives is we are often creating after work and on weekends. We have to be careful not to burn out and let productivity rule our lives. I pray, meditate, read the Bible, and stretch daily. I work out 3-4 times a week because trauma lives in the body. I’m big on audiobooks and podcasts for passive learning and refueling my heart.

How do we close the gap for who has access to tell stories (funding, resources etc)?

That’s such a loaded question. We can close the gap through more access to training and mentorship. We can close the gap by being allowed into rooms that will enable us to network with those funding the stories we long to tell. The biggest thing I have learned is that ownership requires financing. I have been able to finance 90% of my projects through collaboration and owning our gear. As we grow, the need for funding grows.

Is social media necessary for filmmakers? Please explain why? 

Social media has been a game-changer for me in my career. I’ve been able to build relationships horizontally and vertically with people I love and would love to work with. With social media, it’s essential to understand it is needed but not the focus. Likes and reposts won’t help your reel or resume. 

Christina Faith is a writer, director and producer. Connect with her on her website

Episode 313 Gynai Kristol : Filmmaker

Gynai Kristol was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. As a child she would constantly watch and critique music videos while contemplating ways to form concepts in her head for them.  Her Grandfather was a photographer and inadvertently had quite the influence on her at young age.  The camera and film world had always been intriguing for her and a constant creative motivator since she was a little girl, which in later years, caused her to purchase her first camera, a Canon t3i.


After Graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, Gynai began working with The West Angeles Church Of God In Christ as a videographer. Not content with juggling only one gig she continued to pursue working with various creatives in and around LA and began working with and documenting artists’ processes as they created their albums, prepared for their first shows, and went through life. In 2015 she decided to move to New York to further pursue her passion in film and attended New York Film Academy for their one year documentary program.

The want to tell stories of people’s lives, giving them a relatable appeal, is what kept Gynai doing documentary based videos and short films. With her documentary films, Gynai’s goal is to inspire and entertain her audience. She is now a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Episode 301: Jazmine Henley Brown : Creative Risk Taker

Jazmine Henley-Brown is a Creative Risk-Taker from Milwaukee, WI, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2017, she launched Henley Brown Media Group with the Milwaukee Podcast Festival, a festival in her hometown to showcase local, independent podcasts featuring the Brilliant Idiots with Charlamange Tha God and Andrew Schulz as the headliner.

Her current projects include, writing the script for the short comedy film, Black Girl Training and 2 episodes of the second season of the District Queen podcast. She is also currently co-creating and will executive produce NightView Live. All premiering in 2019.

Acclaimed for her work as the Host and Producer of the #20SomethingSeries podcast, Executive Producer of the #1 Digital Morning Radio Show in Atlanta, The ShakeUP, and quirky lifestyle writing, Jazmine is no stranger to creating relatable and easy to digest digital content.

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Listen in and learn as we chat about:
her upcoming show NightView Live
Funding & Taking Risk
her process as a Screenwriter
writing for the short film Black Girl Training


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Ep. 26 – Metta Bastet : Producer & Video Journalist

When she was little Metta Bastet dreamed of being an ice skating spy but she can’t say she’s disappointed with her current profession. To put it simply, she gets to be nosy for a living and she’s been in the business of documenting life since 2004.
She’s an Emmy nominated story producer, video journalist and editor. You may have also seen her work on Richmond PBS, and apart of the team Who’s Johnny Creative.


On This Episode We Cover:

Being nosy for a living.
How filmmaking chose her.
Her pitching process for projects.
Amy Black and the Pink Ink Fund
Minimalist as a Documentary Filmmaker

* Noted Penny Jones was left off the mentions of The Who’s Johnny Creative Team…we love you Penny

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Tomeka Winborne – Filmmaker Episode 10

In 2014, Winborne developed Lavender Reel Media Group, LLC /Lavender Reel Publishing, a production and media services company, producing commercials, documentaries and other film projects of commercial clients as well as her own. That same year, Tomeka was commissioned to co-produce a documentary entitled, “IN PLAIN SIGHT: HUMAN TRAFFICKING” for Cox Creative.

To date she has written and produced five and directed four short films. She would later serve on the board of the  Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance in 2015. Most recently, Tomeka became a founding board member of the Alliance of Women Directors – Atlanta Chapter.

On This Episode we Cover:
Transitioning from an Author to a filmmaker.

Investing her money into film projects rather than film school.

Tips on building your skills as a screenwriter.


How working with Monty Ross assisted in developing her skills on how to look a films. If you aren’t sure who Monty Ross is, Ross is most notable for co-producing films with Spike Lee, with whom he co-founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. They first met at Morehouse College, where both took film making courses.  Ross appeared in Lee’s master’s degree thesis film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads.He co-produced many films with Lee through the 1980s and 1990s, including She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X and Crooklyn.

How to find your filmmaking crew.

Moving to Atlanta the New Hollywood.

Balancing a 9 to 5 and filmmaking

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Tomeka Winborne