Featured Member: Joy Haskell

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January 23, 2021
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Joy Haskell
Check out Indigenous Director and Writer Joy Haskell creator of Hey Cuzzin, an Indigenous comedy series.
Follow her on Twitter @ishouldread

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry? 5 years

Where did you get your start in our community? I used to do a lot of stuff on set behind the scenes and learned as I went along. But working on my own project was cool because I had the final say with all the post production.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry? Being a creator and working with so many talented people in Vancouver.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry? Being female and Indigenous.

What support does the Vancouver post community need most now? To get our names out there more. We don't get the chance to network like we used to, due to the pandemic. Don't be afraid to reach out to creators with the work you've done.

Why did you join the VPA? Post production is SO important to putting the final pieces together on the project. It's a great connection to have.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol? Steven Spielberg is an inspiration. I have a number of mentors in the film industry and wouldn't be where I am today without them.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be? Star Wars or Ozark

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today? Don't work with unkind people or be afraid to fire them, if necessary. Life is too short and your project is too important.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work? I love volunteering with animals as it is rewarding.

What is the most memorable project that you've worked on, and why? Hey Cuzzin is an Indigenous comedy that I created. I was able to make the pilot with the help of the Indigenous Storyhive grant in conjunction with Creative BC. I wanted to showcase Indigenous humour. All my cast were Indigenous. I had female producers and a lot of female crew.