We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph Franklin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joseph, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk can be an important factor in business or in life for that matter. Risk takes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to do something you’ve never done before or have even thought about doing. In my life I have taking plenty of risk, in high school I had to take the risk of taking college courses while taking high classes, just so I could be ahead or prepared for college once I graduated. When I was in college, the risk that I had to take was working multiple jobs to help my parents pay for school. Now as an adult risk is showing up often, lol. I took a risk on myself by moving to Atlanta, from Kansas City, MO to pursue my dream of being a film director, and honestly as uncomfortable and unsure I was of how things are going to work out, I can say I don’t regret the decision I made.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is film, I spent most if not all of my life watching and reciting films that spoke to me to the point I decided to go to school and study how to do all the technical things behind the scenes to create a film. What I feel sets me apart from any other director or production company is the type of films that I create, yes they are story that need to be told about a situation or someone, but I tend to put a unpredictable twist to it that gives my audience something to thing about. Honestly I don’t feel like I have reached a professional level yet, lol because I am always learning with every chance or opportunity I get it, however I can say that at the level of my career that I am at, it has given me the since that I am on the right track. One of the biggest challenges I have and still am facing, is finding people that are committed to the craft as much as I am.
One of the moments I am most proud of is my fourth short film; titled “I, Surrender”, a biblical story that I placed in the era of today. I had a lot of researching to do as well as ask for permission to places and from my pastor. I was was able to complete the script in a timely fashion, I rented out a theatre and showcase my film there, but what was the most exciting part was seeing all the people in attendance who came to support me, I was overwhelmed with nervousness and excitement at the same time lol.
Some lessons I’ve learned along my journey is to never give upon yourself, no matter what. I believe in myself and even when times get hard or I get writers block I know that its only temporary all I need to do is take break and come back to it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was to come visit me for the weekend what would we do, well we would more that like go to a brunch spot, The Hive or Milk and Honey for the vibes and the food. Then we would go to Ponce city Market or Atlantic Station walk around maybe shop. Another places we’d go to for drinks would be Harold’s or Fin &Feathers because they have happy hour all day lol..If we get hungry again, we’d visit one of my favorite Caribbean spots, Taste Spoon. As the night time approaches we could go get a cigar at Burn, in the battery or The patio both are nice places with food and drinks options.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most definitely, there are a few people that I can give acknowledgment to for me being where I am in life. First in foremost I have to give praise and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because if it hadn’t have been for him I don’t know what I would be doing. Secondly, I’d have to recognize my parents. My mother has been my biggest cheerleader. She’s been in my corner since day one, pushing and encouraging me every step of the way. My father, just his strength seeing him deal with so much and still be able to stand strong and work things out, let me know that I can with stand anything as long as I work for it because I have his blood in my veins lol. Next, I’d like to recognize my big brother he has pushed and encouraged me as well but our connection is one that can’t be explained, he helped my in many ways as well as motivated me just from our conversations. Last but not least I wasn’t to recognize my home church, Second Baptist Church, they accepted me once I joined and treated me like family. They trusted me enough to give me an opportunity to showcase my talents by putting me in charge of the media department and allowed me to write, cast and direct a few church plays
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