We had the good fortune of connecting with Nepal Arslan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nepal, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We had just moved across the country from New Jersey to San Diego, and I was about to begin my freshman year of high school. For years I was obsessed with filmmaking, creating little videos about anything I could find inspiration from. After my first few days in High School, I wanted to prove to my dad that film is something I can focus on as a career, not just a side hobby. So I asked him one literal question, “can I start a company?”
I remember his response clear as day because we now look back and laugh about it, he said “I mean, you’re 14, but sure go for it.”
And so, over the next few months I would bike around all of my neighborhood, handing out brochures I designed, and making “commercials” for whoever wanted one. And I did it basically for free at first.
From there, things just spiraled. By my junior year I was making budget short films and creating quality commercials for clients. All in the hopes of preparing myself to be a knowledgable, and driven film director.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Writing stories, and telling them is something I might be addicted to. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I fill any awkward silence or still moment with a story. Over the years I’ve written things I’m proud of, and also scripts that should never be put on the big screen. But I enjoyed the process with each one equally.
While I focused a lot of my time on commercials, that was only a means of sustaining myself to be able to achieve my actual dreams. A narrative film writer and director.
So whenever I had enough money, I would put it towards creating the stories I wanted to tell. Up until now, this has been through short films, small and big budget. There were challenged along the way, wether it be the struggle to manage all the aspects of life whilst trying to make a movie at the same time, or a problem within the production itself. But the mindset I’ve learned to adopt when challenges come my way, is to adapt and see what sort of take away I can gain from that experience. In order to help prevent something similar from happening again.
I guess the good I strive to put out into the world, is art that tells stories pertinent to specific people in the world. Stories that are relatable and represent someone out there, going through something real and tangible. And at the same time, be able to release my desire to create something beautiful.
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.
LA! What an interesting place. I’ve had my up’s and downs with this city, but at the end of the day it’s always ready to uplift and provide. Especially alongside my closest friends, we love exploring the restaurants and unique locations spread around.
Personally, I love a restaurant called the Prince of Venice. Amazing Pizza!
While my school may be on the other side of the country, NYU also has an LA campus and I plan to study there during the coming school semesters.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I know it’s cheesy to say, but I genuinely wouldn’t be who I am without the people I’ve met along the way. My high school film teacher, Ross Kallen, was there for me every single day, supporting me in any project I tried to take on. Wether it was simple, or a massive challenge, and for that I could never thank him enough. There was a reason why I spent every lunch during high school in the film room, there was always something to be made!
While there are too many names to mention, the mentors I have had were an inspiration to me, but even more my friends. Even though I was at NYU for only a few months before the pandemic, the people I met changed my perspective on life. Showing me new possibilities for the future, and inspiring me to never stop working towards my goals.
Other: Production Director at KCOMM https://www.kcomm.com/services/video-production/ IMDB https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9535894/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0