This week’s dose of inspiration comes from Manchester-based creator, Milda Baginskaitė.
She’s already quite an accomplished story teller, so we’ll be brief and let her tell her own story through her answers to our 5 Creator Questions:
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a freelance writer and director which is probably one of the toughest industries to break into, but I’m sure any other creative or even non-creative will say the same about their profession. It’s tough out there! Ideally, I want to make independent films so my career depends a lot on art support from the government and other independent film funds.
I also make music videos and commercial video content.
How did you get started?
Storytelling has always been a huge part of my life. I started in theatre, then moved onto writing and photography. Then dancing and music. Eventually, I figured out that all of those skills meet in filmmaking and decided to give it a go. I went to film school to learn more about directing. I have been lucky to be making films straight after I graduated just over one year ago.
What sets you apart?
Every filmmaker has different stories to tell. Thematically, I’m intrigued by childhood, tradition and people’s obsession with beauty and power. I’m interested in challenging innocence with my films and tend to use an aesthetic based on childhood nostalgia to do so. By stylising the worlds I create, the stories I’m telling can deal with the more serious topics and themes through a more lighthearted prism.
I try to make films that adhere to my generation’s voice and troubles.
What obstacles did you have to overcome?
Making films is great, but it’s a very long process. Often it is a very tiring process. To stay sane while working on one project for a long time requires incredible amounts of passion. 99% of any film work is problem-solving so difficulties arises pretty much every minute of every day. The best way to deal with them is just dealing with them. So I suppose overcoming the difficulties for me is facing them when they appear. I try to do my best and whatever happens, happens.
Do you have any tips for other creators?
I’m a big believer that the world needs more doers so I suppose the advice would be: just do it. Do the research, do the asking, do the listening and then just do it. But make sure that whatever it is that you’re doing comes with enormous amounts of passion. Life’s too short to do something just so you could please somebody else.
There you have it, some beautiful and creative advice from a creator of beautiful content. Thanks for sharing your story and your passion with us, Milda!
Thinking about telling your own story? Waiting to build your own site? Take Milda’s (and Nike’s) advice and Just Do It already! It’s never been easier to start for free.