We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Nasica and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my career has taught me is to always follow my guts. Even if I sometimes ask for people’s opinions, I ultimately always end up following my own instinct. There’s one thing I always ask myself before making a big decision or choice: “Which choice/decision would make me feel lighter than the other?”, and I always go for that one without ever turning back. An important decision often requires some type of sacrifice, but deep down we always know what the better choice is. I always listen to that voice, it’s my most important guide and it’s this voice that helps me tackle new challenges every day.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a Movie Distribution Manager in Film Festivals, I aim to promote the work of independent filmmakers in film festivals around the world. After being selected and awarded in international film festivals, films often get more recognition and visibility from the movie industry and filmmakers can better sell their movies in key overseas markets, to either streaming platforms, TV channels, or movie theaters.

After being casually asked, two years ago, out of the blue, to help out a french director friend submit his first feature film to a few film festivals, I quickly realized three key things: 1) I was having a blast interacting with festivals from all around the world, meeting fascinating people, and I immediately got hooked on collaborating and discussing with international directors, actors, and producers about their films. 2) French people in the movie industry do not always feel comfortable promoting their films in English. As a bilingual Business English teacher, I was able to be quite useful in that regard. 3) Promoting films in film festivals is a very important and much-needed step for independent filmmakers and very few people are specialized in it. Often, either the filmmakers or the producers do this but few of them have either the time or the expertise to follow through. That’s when I realized that I could really make a difference in the movie industry by starting a business offering a service that very few are offering.

What sets me apart from others is that I pride myself on not being just a Distribution Manager but a true partner to filmmakers whose projects I carefully select.
What excites me the most in this newfound passion is the look on a director’s face when I announce that his/her movie is selected or awarded in a film festival. The joy and pride in their eyes at that moment and the recognition they get for all of their hard work, give all of its meaning to the work I’m doing for a film. What I also love about this job is that it requires that I understand all aspects of each creative process. I work with dreamers and storytellers and I can’t stop being humbled by it.

I can’t say that the road was easy to get to where I am today but I find that passion, patience, and confidence are the keys to successfully setting up a new business. I learn new things every day, the learning truly never stops and I love it. I also find that creating partnerships, networking with people in the industry, taking the time to listen and share, even volunteering helps to get some perspective and depth about what I’m doing on a daily basis. That is how I overcome the challenges of starting a new business from scratch.

My work consists of making the storytellers’ stories heard. I can’t think of a better motivation to get up in the morning 🙂

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Paris! If you ever come by, I would immediately take you to the Marais district to “Les jardins d’Olympe”, which is a one-of-a-kind restaurant set up in the gorgeous gardens of the Carnavalet museum. We would then go see the Eiffel tower, then hop on a boat trip on the Seine until we’d arrive at the Louvre for an afternoon of art discovery. At night, I highly recommend going to listen to some jazz music at “Le Duc des Lombards”, an iconic club for jazz lovers.

There are so many things to eat, drink and see in Paris that I can safely advise you to take a random direction across the city, sit in a random café, visit a random museum or expo and I guarantee you’ll have the best time.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I always say that my friends are my best ambassadors. They are the ones promoting my activities every day in their respective circles, being directors and actors, and I cannot thank them enough for their unlimited support. In this new adventure of starting my own business and becoming a Movie Distribution Manager in Film Festivals, the incredible positive word-of-mouth that my friends were able to spread around has been unbelievable in helping me jump-start my activity. I would therefore like to dedicate this shoutout to my dear friends Louis Bujeau, Pauline Bression, Nadia Zeddam, Florence Toumieux, Matt Beurois, and Quentin Ménard for believing in me and being the best ambassadors a brand new Movie Distribution Manager could ever hope for.

Website: www.jnlbooking.com

Instagram: jnl_booking

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-nasica-5106334b/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.nasica

Image Credits
Lisa Paredès Caroline Tournebise Quentin Ménard

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