We had the good fortune of connecting with ChiChi B and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ChiChi, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I learned about my journey in this industry is to never give up no matter how many times you fail. Even though the things you want; do not happen at the time you want them to, does not mean you will not prevail. It only means it’s not your time and you have more work to put in to develop your craft. For example, it took six years to film my movie “My Best Friend.” Every time I started to film, I hit a roadblock. At times it felt like it was not meant to be. I began to look at it in a positive light as though the film was my baby, and it’s only ready to crawl not walk nor run. My determination kept me pushing because I knew my passion and my dream were meant to be. It took six years and three different casts for me to realize; this was my moment and my film along with myself was ready. I continued to grow and learn from the mistakes and kept pushing through the disappointments, which really were learning lessons. Therefore, I always look for the positive in my journey. Learning patience and believing in myself kept me pushing until I accomplish my goals. Now I can say that my movie will be released this fall on Amazon prime. At the end of the day, you have to be your biggest cheerleader.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began writing at an early age, I stared with music, then monologues which developed into plays, thirty minute tv script, short films and screenplays. I have been in film festivals and won an audience award for my short film “Unmasked” which motivated me to elevate and become a better developer. The road was not easy being a single mother with two boys. I had to balance parent hood, college and work all the while chasing my dreams. Those factors alone built character within myself that kept me pushing forward. I refused to acknowledge defeat or implement it into my vocabulary. There were obstacles along the way, but I turned the obstacles into lessons. Within every negative situation, I take the positive from it. I focus on multiple small goals in order to achieve one big goal.
What sets me apart from anyone else is that I am a diverse writer. I write music, screenplays and books. My movie genres range from Romantic Comedies, Syfy Horror Comedy, and Children tales. The type of book I’m currently working on is Erotica. I’m the type of person that does not like to be placed in a box; if I have an idea i will execute it with diligence. My resilient personality and strong will to succeed led me to where I am today. I have a transportation business, I am a movie director, with a film that will be airing on multiple streaming platforms this fall. This is just the beginning, you will see a lot more from ChiChi B…Stay tuned.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my bestfriend was in town I would begin the trip at the battery for a night out of bar hoping, music and great food. After that we would go down town Atlanta to experience the night life on Edgewood and eat at Slutty Vegans. I would take her to Botanical gardens for a relaxing day trip to look at the beautiful flowers and and decorative bushes. We would go to Atlanta and have dinner and a show at Lips. Have a night under the stars with good music a game of spades and a turkey legs at piedmont park. We would close out her visit with a relaxing cabin weekend. just enjoying Gods green earth. Sitting around the the firepit listening to the fire crackle while we make smores and tell ghost stories. Swinging in the hammock singing some of or favorite songs off key to the sound of the crickets, Snapping pictures in the hot tub, reminiscing about old times.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to recognize the person who is responsible for my success, my inspiration, and my passion. My mother Chaucennette, always pushed me to chase my dreams and reiterated that I can do whatever I set my mind on. Encouraging me to write, and to stay “artistically special”. That is why I dedicated my movie “My Best Friend” to her because she was my best friend. My mother was my strength, my encouragement, and my biggest critic. Although, she is not physically here; she is with me in spirit. Watching every moment as I develop as a daughter, a mother, a director, a screenwriter, and producer. Without her, there is no me; she instilled in me to be the woman that I am today and for that, I will always be grateful.
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