We had the good fortune of connecting with Ekaterina Behor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ekaterina, why did you pursue a creative career?
For me producing and filmmaking was a dream from an early age. My family told me that it is not a stable job and I have to consider other jobs as my main profession. No one from my close people worked in arts; they didn’t consider the movie industry as a business. I knew that you can get a name and earn money in this industry, especially in Los Angeles. I made a decision to move because the world of cinema was an unknown magical world that creates a project that makes others happy and let them forget about their problems and fears, recharge, and get inspired.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I worked as a filmmaker in Russia for a couple of projects, but I focused on producing and directing in 2018 when I came to the USA. The biggest challenge for me was pandemic because a lot of productions got shut down. At this point, I did not give up. I did research, wrote scripts, networked on the internet, and planned new projects. After the lockdown, I shot a music video that got into 20 festivals; and one of my previous projects got into Cannes Festival. It is always a rainbow after the heavy rain.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is so diverse, so it is complicated to choose just a few places. Some people prefer nightlife some people like a healthy life-style. I would wake up early and go to the Hollywood sign to see the sunrise, hike there and go to the Getty Museum. Walk on Melrose and take a picture in front of the famous pink wall. Then I would head to the ocean. Take a bicycle in Santa Monica and ride to Venice, grab vegan ice cream there, buy perfume or clothes on Abbott Kinney and Enjoy the sunset in Marina del Ray (probably on a boat). Then I would go to noisy DTLA and have dinner on the roof of the skyscraper (for example, in perch) and went to check a couple of nightclubs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sometimes it was not easy to motivate myself, so I watched YouTube of Marina Mogilko, who came to the USA 5 years ago. She got O-1, opened her business, raised money, and built a family. Even if she is not in the movie industry, her example was for the best proof that dreams come true.