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OliviaEP 201: Olivia Nash (autogenerated)

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] You booked it. Episode 201. Okay. Let’s kick this off. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Olivia Nash. Are you ready for this Olivia? Brilliant. Olivia is a or director or screenwriter, actor, and owner of a Fox, a drift production company. Based in Austin, Texas. She won best supporting actress for a stage play and was a finalist in the best actress category for a film Olivia’s passion for story led to screenwriting and she has produced and directed two proof of concept shorts.

[00:00:42] Of her own written works titled high and elder Rio. Her mission is to bring to life short stories that relate to the human condition while allowing us to escape into a world of beauty. Olivia, that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:01:10]Olivia Nash: [00:01:10] Yeah. So I actually have been acting most of my life , um, since I was little and. In all of that, I decided I really wanted to learn the business side of the industry. So I ended up going to Texas state university and getting a business degree in business management and international business, all in the intention to go into the film industry.

[00:01:34]Um, and then after school I decided, okay, I actually love writing. And I had been writing. Before that too, probably like starting in my teens and then just kind of writing like short stories, stuff like that until I found screenwriting. Um, and I was just fascinated and learn the formatting and I took me.

[00:01:54] I dunno, I’d say probably like five years, like really hitting it hard with learning it. And then I ended up writing three feature films. Um, and after that I decided I wanted to direct, so made some, my two proof of concepts that you mentioned high and El deliria , um, that actually

[00:02:11] happened last year. 

[00:02:13]Dane Reis: [00:02:13] Oh, so cool. It’s so cool to see things come to fruition like that. And I can imagine you said, Oh, okay. I wrote these things and you’re like, all right, who’s going to make them, Oh, wait, I’m going to make them okay. Let’s do this.

[00:02:26] Olivia Nash: [00:02:26] Yes, exactly. Exactly. Yeah. I started my , uh, production company in all intention of

[00:02:32] making my films. 

[00:02:34]Dane Reis: [00:02:34] Oh, so good. Well, Well, let’s dig into this interview and get to our first section here. And Olivia, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone

[00:02:47] Olivia Nash: [00:02:47] all right. So actually two quotes, like obviously a writer has quotes. Um, so I’ll be quick with them. So. The first one, if clouds are blocking the sun, there’ll always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying. And that’s actually from the silver linings playbook , um, that was adapted into a film.

[00:03:07]Um, it just. It means so much to me in life where I feel like things become too much, that there be a silver lining there. Um, but you got to have that emotional rollercoaster as well. So that’s, that’s just kind of how it reminds me when I’m on those downs. There’s always going to be something to lift me back up, especially in the industry that we are for film.

[00:03:29]Um, And then also my second one, the greatest thing you’ll ever do is just to love and be loved in return. And I use that motto with everything that I do. I just believe that love is everything. Um, in that you should make your choices and things that you’re going for

[00:03:44] with love. 

[00:03:46]Dane Reis: [00:03:46] I love both of those quotes and I really liked the first one with the, the silver linings and having, like you said, you have to go on that roller coaster ride and you’re so right, because look, if you, if you don’t have the rollercoaster , right, it’s impossible to perceive. Any difference in anything, right?

[00:04:00] I mean, I mean, it seems quite obvious, but you never know if things are great or if they’re not great, if you’ve never experienced the whole gamut of, of emotion and experience, you have to go through that journey. And so you can appreciate , uh, when things are good And then the other one , uh, from Moulin Rouge.

[00:04:16] Yes. 

[00:04:16] Olivia Nash: [00:04:16] Yes, Yes.

[00:04:17] My favorite 

[00:04:19] Dane Reis: [00:04:19] Yeah. Such a good movie. And I was actually , uh, in Baz, in Las Vegas and , uh,that was the Moulin Rouge of course was one of the stories that was, that was told in that show. And it’s such, such great writing, such everything 

[00:04:30] Olivia Nash: [00:04:30] Oh my gosh. I’m like geeking out over here. Like I just love the laundry so much. I’ve had that story with me for just years and I it’s always

[00:04:40] my reference. 

[00:04:42] Dane Reis: [00:04:42] Yeah. You know what? This is, this my age. I mean, just a I mean, just a titch. So I remember when that movie was released and I remember it being, because I’m originally from Montana and I remember going to the movie theaters and that’s just, you know what you did then when I don’t know, you could just drive barely. And we went and I was like, this movie is so dumb.

[00:05:02] I don’t like it. And I walked out of the movie. Yes. Yes. And I must just not have been in the mood to see that movie because after it had come out, you know, just out of the theaters and you could watch it wherever and go to the movie theater. Oh my gosh. Uh, and rent it. I watched it. I was like, Oh my God, this movie is amazing.

[00:05:21] And it became one of my favorite movies. So I, I must’ve just been in the wrong head space that day, but I vividly remember, I’m like, what is this movie? This thing is crazy. So, uh, So, uh, Shame on me, but , uh, uh, I came around in it and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite movies. I love it.

[00:05:39] Olivia Nash: [00:05:39] It’s fascinating how movie hits people differently. Like I’ve met a lot of people that it’s either they hate it or they love it. And there’s not much of an in-between for it. And a lot of the time, like it’s a lot of the style and I think that’s, what’s beautiful about it is BAS just like went for it and made what he really wanted to bring out.

[00:06:00] And it’s just, it’s beautiful. I think it’s a beautiful film,

[00:06:03] especially the themes.

[00:06:05] Dane Reis: [00:06:05] yes. I love everything at basil. Herman does, you know, and after I figured out that movie was good, finally, you know, then, you know, then, then I went down and , you know, I watched Romeo and Juliet, which is brilliant as well. And everything that he does is, is so cool. Even Australia, did you watch Australia?

[00:06:21] Olivia Nash: [00:06:21] No, that’s one of them that I still need to

[00:06:23] see. Yeah. Uh, Uh, but, 

[00:06:26] Dane Reis: [00:06:26] it’s an Epic movie, you know, it’s kind of like the modern gone with the wind. Uh, so it’s, it’s very , uh, definitely a bit of a departure in ways from like a Moulin Rouge or a great Gatsby, but still wonderful film. 

[00:06:36] Olivia Nash: [00:06:36] Yeah. He, his work always, I’m just like Swoon over here.

[00:06:40] Dane Reis: [00:06:40] Yeah, beautiful. Hey, I love the tangent now, so good. Um, well, let’s get back on track and dig into this section here. And Olivia of course you are an entertainer. I’m. And entertainer. And I think that you’d agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally, emotional industries in existence.

[00:07:02] And, you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot. Of dedication and hard work. And while yes, there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement doing what we do, creating what we create,  there are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures that come with that.

[00:07:25] And we’re going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career that you’d like to share with us? And how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:07:38]Olivia Nash: [00:07:38] Yeah, absolutely. Um, one point saying that this is a very emotional career is so true. It’s fascinating how people that are drawn to this career are very emotional people in general. So how we deal with this is kind of fascinating with each person. So. I think my biggest challenge I was facing is especially me saying I’m not ready , um, that I was holding myself back.

[00:08:04] And I think that was the biggest challenge with most of this industry. Um, it wasn’t other people, it was me and I, I would say just dropping that mindset and really just going for what you’re looking for. Um, And again, doing things in love, like going into this with your creativity and also understanding the business, like that’s where it’s at.

[00:08:27]Um, but that would be my biggest challenge is just holding

[00:08:30] yourself back really.

[00:08:32] Dane Reis: [00:08:32] yeah, that is such a profound realization to make. And I think it also goes hand in hand with taking responsibility for everything in your life, from everything, just everything, not just career and professionally speaking , uh, because.

[00:08:49]It’s easy to externalize why we’re holding our, you know, you know, why we’re not doing the thing, right.

[00:08:55]It’s easy to. Look at our situation or our circumstances and say, and justify why we’re not taking the steps forward to do the thing that we’re trying to move towards. And it it’s very easy to do that. Cause it’s scapegoating is always easy , uh, because you don’t have to deal with the hard part and the hard questions.

[00:09:11] So looking at those things and realizing and going, wait, it’s me, I’m the person. That’s holding myself back is a huge thing, because then that allows you to really embrace the idea of, of taking ownership of everything and taking responsibility for everything. And that also means you take the, take the bad stuff, you know, as well.

[00:09:32] But The good stuff also comes out of that, but you can’t just have all good experiences and you have to know that look, no one is ever ready. You just have to keep going. And the only way you get good is by doing the thing and failing. So, wow. That’s so good. I love that.

[00:09:46] Olivia Nash: [00:09:46] Absolutely. And I think just quick, like my first. Biggest advice that really hit me when you’re making a decision, especially when you’re nervous about something or whatever that it is. Even with career choices or in your personal life, the decision that you made at the time that you made it was right at that moment.

[00:10:06] Even if. It ended up being a mistake. It really wasn’t because at that moment when you thought it was right for you, and I think a lot of people need to hear that  don’t hold any sort of regret because you needed to, during that part of your journey to make that decision so that

[00:10:22] you could grow as a person.

[00:10:24] Yeah. 

[00:10:25] Dane Reis: [00:10:25] yes, very well said in hindsight is always 2020. You could always see the decisions you should have made. Right. But you did what you did and the circumstances play out the way they’re going to play out. It’s so good. 

[00:10:37]Olivia Nash: [00:10:37] Yeah. 

[00:10:38]Dane Reis: [00:10:38] Brilliant. And let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time that you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing in the entertainment industry.

[00:10:59] Tell us about that.

[00:11:00]Olivia Nash: [00:11:00] Well, I’d say my spotlight moment was really when I decided to direct , um, that was actually during the pandemic. Um, I was, you know, like everybody isolated and you were sitting there kind of thinking like, what is it that you want to do or who you are. Um, and. I, I love, I absolutely love all parts of this industry, but I never thought of myself as a director at first, just because I don’t, and I don’t really know why.

[00:11:27] I think that’s, that’s the crazy part of it. Like there was nothing telling me that I couldn’t, and there wasn’t anything in my head that was like, you wouldn’t love this because I absolutely like all parts of my personality should be driving towards directing. Um, but. I, it hit me then. And I was like, I really want to make sure that these stories that I wrote are coming to life in the way that I envisioned them.

[00:11:51] And then again, it’s not that anyone else couldn’t make these stories just as beautiful, but I think it was just like, this is kind of how I want to see them come to life. Um, Yeah. So when that hit me, I just wanted to make sure that these beautiful stories were out there. Um, my starting that production company was one of the biggest things.

[00:12:11] I think I started that at the beginning of this year and it’s still growing and. I’m I’m really proud of that to say that I, I started something and I’m keep going. And I think that’s most of what I want to get out there with young creators is that you can do it and you can start something and feel that and keep going.

[00:12:30]Um, and so I made those two proof of concepts last year, actually. And then this year I’m making my directorial debut with my feature later this

[00:12:39] year, August 

[00:12:40]and that’s titled high. Yep.

[00:12:43] Dane Reis: [00:12:43] Yeah. I love that. But you just, like you said, you, you kind of got out of your own way , uh, from the previous question and you said I’m going to do this and it’s amazing. And it’s also one of those things that you, you have to be in a kind of, for the long-term as well. You can’t just think, Oh, I’m just going to start this company and it’s going to be brilliant.

[00:13:00] And you got to just do the work.

[00:13:03] Olivia Nash: [00:13:03] Yes. Always do the work. I think that’s part of, I think a lot of people are waiting for something to happen and a lot of the time you shouldn’t wait, just do it. Like if it’s what you want in what you’re going for in your dream, just go for

[00:13:21] it.

[00:13:22]Dane Reis: [00:13:22] yeah, a hundred percent. A hundred percent. Well, Well, let’s piggyback on that question real quick and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day. What was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite book moment.

[00:13:40]Olivia Nash: [00:13:40] So my book to moment recently actually happened. Um, in the last couple of months, I booked a feature film called meteor , uh, and I’m going to be acting in it , um, as one of the leads. And so I ended up getting an email. I, while I was sitting in the car, I ended up just like screaming. Cause I was so excited that this happened as like we’ve been.

[00:14:04] You know, kind of You know, kind of having that disconnect during the pandemic. So finally when I’m like, I get to be on set again, like I was so excited. Um, . Um, but I’d say that’s my, that’s my top book. That moment right there. Just that, that

[00:14:16] excitement and relief. 

[00:14:18]Dane Reis: [00:14:18] of course, of course.  And it kind of gets exaggerated even because we’ve gotten, we’ve been in this pandemic time where in-person work really isn’t happening. It’s just kind of starting to creep back. So it’s that layered with, you know, just of course booking something that you’re going to be excited and passionate about.

[00:14:34]That that’s fantastic.

[00:14:35] Olivia Nash: [00:14:35] Yeah. And mostly with that, that moment, I just felt like. You know, don’t ever limit yourself, like keep auditioning, keep going, just pursuing everything. Like even during something that’s so awful, that’s going on in the world right now. And that we’re all trying to band together and work through. You can still work on your dreams, just one step at a time.

[00:14:57] And it’s, it showed me this year. Like every step that I took keeps

[00:15:02] helping me move forward and grow. 

[00:15:04] Dane Reis: [00:15:04] yes, you can still work on your dreams. One step at a time. So well said, and. Let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? I know you’ve talked about a little bit, but let’s dig into it a bit more and , uh, right. We’re amidst this global pandemic still. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:15:28]Olivia Nash: [00:15:28] Well, so let me start with the entertainment industry and then I’ll go into what I’m working on. Um, the entertainment industry, it’s fascinating, even through this, we’ve had a lot of struggles of everything shutting down for production and things like that, but just the resilience that I saw was all filmmakers, just wanting to keep creating.

[00:15:49] And then. So many screenplays have come out of this pandemic with people that it’s. So it’s so fascinating that art takes over during a time of just your struggle on something that you or others need to work through. It’s just beautiful to see the art grow, even though we can’t fully make it yet. Um, but I have seen a lot of people still push through the industry and make their films , you know, in a safe.

[00:16:17] Way with like all precautions and things like that, but, you know, adjusting stories to fit our current circumstances and still work in hit audiences, which I think is fascinating. Um, so currently I’m working on high, which is titled. H I dot hi. So it has a period at the end. Um, it’s one of my features that I wrote and we’re coming into pre production for it.

[00:16:42]Um, and I’ll just say a little bit about what it’s about. So on the banks of a coastal village, a pair of young adult writers to teen lovers and mentally ill parents, intertwine entails of love and forgiveness during separate stages of life, where we’re only focusing on themes of forgiveness. Love. It’s a coming of age film.

[00:17:02]Uh, there’s a female protagonist and we’re bringing to light mental health awareness. This is one of the biggest things in this film to me is there’s a lot of anxiety and depression and kind of showing how you can work through those certain things and still have, I’m still live a really good life, even though dealing with certain struggles.

[00:17:22]Um, and it is a coming of age film. So it’s these younger , um, Teens teens and 20 something year olds that are dealing with home issues, which I feel like we don’t really, not that we don’t, but we don’t really see it often in film. We usually deal with the struggles that they’re going through at school.

[00:17:40] And so I really wanted to focus in on that family dynamic. And we’re looking at these. These different stages of life with love. So say like 50 year olds, 20 year olds in teens and the different parts of love that they’re going through during that time of their life. Uh, and. During that even looking back and finding forgiveness within themselves, really not really forgiveness of other people, but choices that they made and how they treated people and then looking within themselves and finding that forgiveness to help grow

[00:18:14] later on. 

[00:18:16]Dane Reis: [00:18:16] Oh, that sounds fantastic. Please keep me in the loop on when that is going to drop. 

[00:18:22] Olivia Nash: [00:18:22] Definitely. Well, Well, 

[00:18:23] Dane Reis: [00:18:23] Oh, so good. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another.

[00:18:42] Are you ready? 

[00:18:44] Olivia Nash: [00:18:44] I’m ready. Let’s 

[00:18:45] Dane Reis: [00:18:45] All right. The first question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? 

[00:18:51]Olivia Nash: [00:18:51] Myself, always 

[00:18:54] Dane Reis: [00:18:54] Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:18:59]Olivia Nash: [00:18:59] you create your

[00:19:00] reality.

[00:19:01]Dane Reis: [00:19:01] Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.

[00:19:12] Olivia Nash: [00:19:12] Really surrounding yourself with creatives, people that help you grow and also see your vision or some story that you’re working on. Just having those

[00:19:22] people to support you. 

[00:19:23]Dane Reis: [00:19:23] Oh, I’m so glad you brought that up.  So often in so many ways in so many forms, this. Realization this epiphany comes through in the interviews and it is all about relationships. Relationships are what create this industry, create your career really. Uh, and so glad you brought that up because we need this.

[00:19:46] We can’t live in a vacuum and we can’t create in a vacuum. We can do things on our own for a little while, but eventually you have to find others to work with and collaborate with.

[00:19:55] Olivia Nash: [00:19:55] Absolutely. And you know, your ideas though, they may be great a little bit, but having people there to counter those ideas is actually. Best to create work. Like people that sure they share your same vision, but they might see something that you don’t even see and they make it a hundred times better.

[00:20:16] And honestly like a whole film like that, that isn’t just one person’s vision. That’s everybody there’s vision. It’s everybody on set, like any little piece, even an extra, they, everything is important. And every single person, a part of that film is important. They create this

[00:20:32] beautiful world.

[00:20:34]Dane Reis: [00:20:34] well well said. And I think it also, you can even expand into the things that oftentimes we don’t even realize that maybe are collaborative. Let’s take, you know, Tik TOK videos, or if you’re releasing YouTube videos and that’s how you create. Uh, or express yourself with , uh, whatever your art and your creativity is.

[00:20:51]Even if you are writing the script yourself, filming yourself, doing everything, but then you’re publishing it, you know,  on whatever platform. It’s still a collaborative process because you’ve now put it into the world and people are going to interact with it.

[00:21:05]Olivia Nash: [00:21:05] Absolutely this story. You know, may, if you’ve written a story you might, at that time, be like, you’re writing this for yourself, which in that moment is actually good. Cause you’re making it real. But that story is for other people, it’s for the people that can relate to it. And that’s specifically why I wrote hi.

[00:21:24] It was for that one person that absolutely needs it in that time of their life. And that was kind of how I felt with movies. Myself is I hold onto these certain movies , um, that got me through a lot of hard times. And I want that film to be for these people out there that

[00:21:42] just need it. 

[00:21:44]Dane Reis: [00:21:44] Yes, so well said. And. The fourth question.  What is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, maybe a YouTube video or podcast piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.

[00:22:01] Olivia Nash: [00:22:01] So actually podcasts have helped me so much in my career and growing there’s so much information by listening to other creatives that it helps you figure out where you’re supposed to be going, because each person’s path is so different in this industry that when you listen, you’re like, yeah, there’s no one way, but everyone finds a way.

[00:22:24] And that’s like the greatest. Piece of uplifting feeling when you listen to these podcasts, I’ll shout out one of my favorites, which is the filmmakers podcast. Um, they just have, you know, all different kinds of from directors, producers, actors, just all kinds of filmmakers that come on and tell their story kind of like this , uh, podcast, which I love what you’re doing here.

[00:22:49]Um, but they, they do that and they, they. Tell how they got where they were, how they raised the funding for their film, how they got it to post-production how they got it out there with distribution. Like every piece of the industry is in podcasts and I

[00:23:07] love it.

[00:23:07]Dane Reis: [00:23:07] Oh, so cool. Yeah. Podcasts are great because it gets, it gets so niche and I love it. Yeah. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:23:29]Olivia Nash: [00:23:29] So that’s always a hard question for me when it’s

[00:23:34] like, would you change anything?

[00:23:36] Dane Reis: [00:23:36] And for sure it is the paradox.

[00:23:38] Olivia Nash: [00:23:38] And the thing is, is even when I look back sure. You go through these certain things. I wouldn’t really change any part of my journey because I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Like there would be something that would twist it into the way that like I might not.

[00:23:55] Meet all these amazing people. And especially that the team that I’ve acquired just in the recent last couple of years, I love those people and I love them as my family. And I just feel like if I had changed any part of that, I wouldn’t have

[00:24:10] met them.

[00:24:12]Dane Reis: [00:24:12] And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.

[00:24:22]Olivia Nash: [00:24:22] Create your own work. just do it , like, just go for it. If that’s something that you want to do and you feel like that’s your calling, just go for it. Um, and you know, like everyone create their work. I’ve had a lot of people, you know, they’re like , well, I want to do my thing and I want to do it. And I’m like, that’s great.

[00:24:40]Like, we can all do that. There’s no one. Thing that you have to like, Oh, this is my one project. That’s all I’m doing. Like, no, like everyone can do it and just be confident in your creativity if you love it. That’s all that really matters. Uh, I was told when I was younger , like, I couldn’t do a certain thing.

[00:24:59] Like I couldn’t be an actress based on the way that I look. Um, but I’ve done it. And I kept going because I was resilient and I think that’s. That’s what everyone needs to hear is you should just

[00:25:10] do it and keep going. 

[00:25:12]Dane Reis: [00:25:12] Yes. I think that is incredible advice to create. And just create just that’s it. Do what you want to do, make your own projects. Everything happens from that. The relationships you make, the way you grow as, as a creative. It’s so good.

[00:25:26]Olivia Nash: [00:25:26] absolutely. And just telling stories that really need to get out there. Something that you need to say in the world that someone else can relate

[00:25:33] to.

[00:25:34]Dane Reis: [00:25:34] yes. And to wrap up this interview, Olivia, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?

[00:25:48] Olivia Nash: [00:25:48] Absolutely. So my Instagram is Olivia underscore Meow with two ease. Um, so that’s how you can find me get in contact with me, but really I’d love if everyone could go check out , uh, high’s social handles. So Instagram at hi. H I dot the movie. We also have a website hide the movie.com and then we’re also still in financing.

[00:26:15] So if you’re wanting to be an investor in this film, you believe in this story, I would love to bring you on board and have you a part of this beautiful

[00:26:24] story with me. 

[00:26:25]Dane Reis: [00:26:25] Ah, so good. And for everyone listening out there, I’ve put the links to everything. Olivia just said into the description of this episodes, you can easily connect with her and her projects, and also be sure to share this podcast with your fellow entertainers, coaches, teachers, arts, and entertainment educators, and anyone, you know, you know, aspiring to create a career in the entertainment industry.

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[00:27:12] Olivia, it’s been such a pleasure to get to know you to chat so glad we got connected.

[00:27:19] Olivia Nash: [00:27:19] I’m so grateful for you having me on the show. It was so nice to meet you, Dane. 

[00:27:24]Dane Reis: [00:27:24] Likewise,