We had the good fortune of connecting with Kripa Koshy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kripa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In filmmaking/TV, since subjective interests and preferences heavily influence results, nothing is guaranteed. Pretty much everything you do in the space has some element of risk. So, the best you can do is hedge that risk with preparation, observation, and experience, all of which sharpen your instinct to help you think efficiently and effectively on your feet, especially when things don’t go as planned. In my life, I’ve risked the most when I have uprooted myself and moved countries. I have lived in about 20 different cities across four countries, and I have moved countries eight times, either for college or work or to live. No matter how much I prepared for them, each move was a giant leap of faith. However, all of that constant change pushed me to re-define myself in every new setting and taught me to take nothing for granted, mostly since stability was so hard to come by. I had to learn, grow and adapt quickly to whatever life threw at me, which was great because all of those skills came in handy while trying to survive and thrive in an industry that was always in flux, no matter which part of the world I worked. Do the adages ‘bigger the risk, greater the reward’ or ‘fortune favors the brave’ prove accurate in my life? I have over 12 years’ worth of global Film/TV/digital media experience, and around 25 film festivals (national and international) have recognized some of my work. But I would say that I still have miles to go and more work to put in before I can reap the more significant, wholesome rewards of my risk-taking. What I do have now, though, is a vast and varied context of work and life experience to both reference and draw from in all future endeavors, which is undoubtedly advantageous and I am incredibly grateful for it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Visual storytelling has been a lifelong passion that I have explored quite dynamically over the span of my 12+ year career in India, the UK, and the USA. I started my career in TV news journalism at BBC and CNN in London and later moved to India to work with the country’s leading news channels – CNBC-TV18 (JV with CNCBC ) and Times Now (JV with Reuters). But I soon found myself more invested in exploring and developing the creative potential of a story. That drive soon drew me to the realm of documentary, docu-dramas, and unscripted television shows, and even saw me create and produce content for some internationally renowned media brands such as History (A+E Networks), CNBC (Network 18). Eventually, I worked my way up to Executive Producer on premium docu-series, food, reality, and lifestyle shows for Ping (digital content leader), Food Food (food and lifestyle content leader), and premium Retail Brands such as Nestle, Del Monte, Quaker Oats, California Oats, Bisleri, and many more. After gaining a fair amount of experience producing both long and short format, non-fiction properties for TV and Digital Platforms, I made the bold move to fiction and enrolled in Chapman University’s MBA-MFA in producing degree for Film and TV. My experience at Chapman’s Business and Film schools – Argyros and Dodge – added significant value to my creative management portfolio. Since then, I have produced 12 narrative shorts, some of which have received recognition from internationally renowned festivals such as Cinequest (an Academy Award Qualifying Festival), Worldfest Houston International and USA Film Festival (both Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festivals), Fort Lauderdale International, Cyprus International and Love Your Shorts (Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals) and many others. Yes, it has been a long and winding road peppered with some recognition and more than a few bumps along the way. But all this work and life experience across cultures, nationalities, genres, and media platforms has proved invaluable, especially since while on this journey, I developed a fascination for the unique and yet instantly relatable stories of the many people that I met. So I wish to harness this power of empathy and collective understanding in my work. With an entrepreneurial mindset and creative spirit, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to realize the potential of good ideas, no matter what genre to which they may belong. But I am particularly interested in championing women-led content, especially since the female perspective has tremendous untapped potential in mainstream and independent cinema across the globe. My next project is an anthology feature that adopts a distinctive and nuanced take on three diverse women at different life stages who break the barriers to their becoming while on the journey of questioning their sexuality. At my day job, I lead the Video Content and Film Festival teams at the Holiday Channel as Senior Content Director. It is a predominantly female-led digital media and entertainment company focused on producing positive, purposeful, and celebratory holiday-focused content and products. Eventually, I aim to set up a collective of global filmmakers who create film and TV content that spans a wide range of aesthetic schools, genres, and demographics, but above all, stay true to the motto of ‘creative, inspired, honest storytelling through a female lens’.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arts District Silver Lake Echo Park Lake Venice Beach Los Feliz Sunset Blvd Burbank Pink’s Hot Dogs Santa Monica Beach Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
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?
So many… all the schools/universities I’ve studied at, all the companies I have worked at, all my supervisors and mentors, my loyal friends, my current roommates who are co-creators, my colleagues and teammates, and most of all my nearest and dearest family members who have been my stable and steady supporters through constant change and upheaval.