Artist Spotlight: Tayarisha Poe
Profile on Tayarisha (tie-yuh-ree-shah) Poe (like edgar allen) (@tayarisha on Spotlight)
Where do you live and where are you from?
Philly philly philly.
What do you eat for breakfast each morning?
Air sandwiches. Although, if I’m feeling motivated, tea and toast and pineapple jam.
Where do you go to school or what do you do for work?
I graduated not-so recently but still kind of recently from Swarthmore College (2012) and now I teach workshops at Scribe Video Center, help run the Media Lab at UPenn, and spend nearly all of my time freelancing as a photographer and a cinematographer, while writing my own stories and turning them into movies in between.
What animal scares you the most?
Chupacabra. I know, arguably fictional, but still, everything is fictional until it’s not.
What is/are your creative talents?
Selfies in poorly-lit conditions. Speed reading. Ability to recall minutiae from the Harry Potter series. Storytelling. Photographing people.
Rice pudding, yes or no?
Why have rice pudding when you can have banana pudding with vanilla wafers smushed into it? That’s the question we should be asking.
What is your routine on Spotlight?
Post what you love, like what you love, put your phone down and have a gr8 day.
What do you do in your free time?
Chase my niece and nephew around the house alternatively threatening to tickle them and being threatened by them with tickling; read up on corrupt “first world” nations; argue down antiquated and damaging gender and racial politics; eat bacon; decipher emoji filled text messages from my mother.
If you could change three things about Spotlight, what would they be?
I want to know more about the people posting, so, more engaging profile options! Make it so that the heart next to the number of likes is only red if you’ve already liked the photo. Create a better way to allow for serialized storytelling!
Do you sing in the shower and if so, what and why?
Yes, daily. Why? Because Beyoncé. Just ask my roommates.
What will you do with the $10,000 if you win on August 31?
For three years now I’ve been writing and planning my first feature film, Selah, and the Spades. Here’s the logline: Selah used to have a gang called The Spades and a best friend named Maxxie, this is the story of how she loses both. It’s about those truly emotional friendship break ups, about anti heroes, villains, valedictorians, and cheerleaders. It’s about diversity in teenage stories. It’s about high speed chases and huge parties in abandoned churches. It’s about all of these things.
Thanks to the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change grant we received some money to make a series of vignettes this summer that lead up to the feature film, so now the cast and crew are EAGER to raise the necessary funds for the feature! That’s why I keep posting, you know, because some stories need telling and this is one of them.
$10,000 will ensure that we are able to pay a fare wage to ALL actors, extras, and crew members, as well as take care of legal things, and cover some equipment costs. It will take our film from being a wish and a hope and a prayer and bring it into this realm of reality.
It’s been so amazing working with these crazy talented teens and young adults, seeing the characters truly come to life with their own gestures and ways of speaking. If you want to know more about the film, the actors, and the characters, check out our website (it’s a tumblr, but it’s got its own domain name!) http://www.selahandthespades.com/
Heyyyyyyy. Vote!search for ‘spotlight vuid’ in the App Store and vote for @tayarisha and help Selah, and the Spades. become a feature film :) :) xx
these are those dyed the top half of my hair orange and got a fresh septum ring but also am at work so like turnt down to the max type #selfies
this is my ‘I’m at work but like why’ #selfie
ah yus, your humble creator.
yunqwildandlee said: i just discovered your blog and whoa. You may be the dopest person I've ever heard of. And your work is amazing (I've been watching your shorts for the past hour) and dreamy and wow. Anyways, I have an interest in filmmaking (eventually I want to make full-length documentaries) so I was wondering if you had any advice concerning cameras (I have a Canon Rebel T2i but I want to upgrade) or just how I should start?
a) THANK YOU. honestly, honestly, thanks for the kind words.
b) dude! i shot some of my best stuff with my t2i! seriously! i didn’t get a full frame DSLR until post-graduation when i had a job and could afford it. I made the t2i work for me (and it helps that it’s an amazing machine). my advice would be to keep the t2i and get a prime lens if you don’t have one! my only equipment for the longest time was a t2i and a 50mm 1.8 prime.
c) steady your hand! and if you can’t steady your hand, get a cheap but effective shoulder rig. don’t rely on a tripod. i think the human body is better at capturing human movements, which sounds super corny and fake but i swear by the idea! if what’s holding the camera is a breathing, moving thing, then it will capture other breathing, living things with love and affection
d) do you, girl! seriously! experiment like crazy! i’m so excited to see your documentaries! (that’s why i can’t stop exclaiming)
eye-see-fiction-through-my-lense said: How did you discover that you wanted to be a filmmaker/writer/director?
(i saw your other ask too! but i’m rolling it into this one cause it connects :])
I wish I could really concretely narrow down the exact moment that i realized i wanted to make movies, i wish i could say that i’d always run around my home with that huge VHS camcorder capturing every little moment, but i didn’t. that was my kid brother who did that, and he did it well, until he grew out of it. i was always a writer first. i always wrote. well, more accurately, i always lied, about everything, it was so entertaining to me, watching adults believe lies! that, coupled with my love of reading, set me up to tell stories. i fell into cameras and filmmaking in high school when i decided that if i could write people who looked like me into stories then i could shoot people who looked like me into movies…
things i like (2010)
i’d completely forgotten about this video! it’s so positive and features a lot of my favorite people and things and i made it back when i was obsessed with Amélie and omg i want to make another one but for my life now cause i still like a lot of things…
SO BASICALLY: I’m in this app’s contest (http://www.spotlight.is/) to win what is just a few hundred shy of the current budget for my first feature film, Selah, and the Spades (think: The Godfather meets Sweet Valley High). I’ve been building this world, these characters, and this story for the past two years now, and I am so very much appreciative of all those who have been supportive and interested so far! So if you’ve got an iphone or android phone, here’s another way to get this movie made! It’s like contributing to a kickstarter without having to spend any money.
By following the steps in the photo (and listed below) you can get a bunch of free prints of my work! Lots of explanation points, so, on to the steps:
1) download the Spotlight app for android or iOS
2) like all the posts from @tayarisha that were made in August
3) reblog/spread this post!
4) shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Spotlight username and which print you’d like : ]
5) BONUS: if you get other folks to add the app and vote as well, send me their usernames too and you’ll get more prints!
The contest ends at 11:59PM on August 31st, so you’ll see this post again one or two more times near the end of the month!
(and as always, you can find out more about Selah, and the Spades at www.selahandthespades.com!)
Please do download the app and vote!
It’s true. I can basically legally drive now. #postive