Joseph Hovsepian - Reputation, Ridicule, Redemption
Release Date: 04/20/2018
My guest today is a director & producer who operates JFA Studio in Burbank California. We talk about how he made his first film as a refugee from Iran with other refugees, his award-winning (multiple) documentary A Cry From Iran, and how he struggled from editing in a small shared room to finally a huge film studio. We even touch on some unique sleeping tips. Please listen, learn and get inspired I did with Mr. Joseph Hovsepian
- [3:00] interview Starts - JFA Studio
- [5:30] Joseph is preparing for a new New Short Film in between running his film studio.
- [9:20] How Joseph started in the Film Industry
- [18:00] Staying humble as you grow in the industry
- [23:30] Strategies Joseph took when he needed more gigs in the begging of his career
- [25:00] Space shuttle sleeping tips - Youtube:
- Sleep with Rocket Ships[28:00] As a refugee in Austria, Joseph shot his first feature film, The Tune Of Nolstagia with his fellow refugees.
- [31:00] Growing up in Iran and Josephs first experience with filmmaking
- [36:30] Joseph’s father was brutally murdered for his Christian beliefs in Iran. He speaks how this transformed his life and inspired his award-winning (multiple) Documentary called, A Cry From Iran. Watch it here
- A Cry From Iran
- [41:00] How Joseph approached making A Cry For Iran. Challenges and triumphs. Pitching the project and getting funded
- [48:45] Mistakes are perfect and what really matters
- [50:30] Don’t follow everything we are told and don’t feel humiliated in the beginning. “lets try to impress people on screen, not with a brand name or what you spent or how you look like"
- [54:45] Essential "overlooked items" onset/in studio
- [56:30] Joseph uses Pinterest for inspiration www.pinterest.com
- [57:45] One word Joseph is always working on that benefits himself and those around him
- [58:30] Iranian proverb
- [58:30] Reach Joseph at www.jfastudio.com and www.jfa.productions.com Joseph's IMDB
- [60:00] ONE STEP at a time or you will fall fast. Be the best at whatever level you are at.