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

Hi Octavia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process of starting my own business was thinking of a business that can bring generational wealth, a franchise and building an empire that will sustain itself on the market.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of the discipline I instilled in myself as a teenager at the age of 15. I knew what I wanted to be when I was 15. I researched film schools I wanted to attend and The Los Angeles Film School has always been my focus. When I turned 18, I made the sacrifice of four years of my life, serving in the Marine Corps so that I’d be able to use the GI BILL to go to my dream school. The four years I served molded me into the woman I am today by instilling discipline in my body, mind and emotions. After I served my four years, I found it incredibly hard to maintain financially which made me couch surf for a year. Although my journey has not been easy, I managed to stay afloat in Los Angeles with no family to depend on financially and graduating with my bachelors of science in film production. I have been successfully with completing short films and building a support base on Instagram. I plan to expand my work and become one of the top, black, influential directors in Hollywood within the next two years while making my first directional debut of my film Love In Lagos in 2021. I’ve learned that in order to be successful, you have to stay resilient and never give up when times get tough. I want people to know who I am and the things I have in store will make me Walt Disney’s next huge competitor with the next huge franchise, created and owned by a young, black, queer female.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in town, I’d take her to view historical museums, Hollywood Blvd, rodeo drive, sea world, Disneyland, universal studios. For food I’d take her to my favorite restaurants, Wi Jammin, Roscoes & King of Crabs. My favorite place to hang out is Venice beach and when I have the time, I visit arc light movie theater to catch the latest movies.

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?
The Los Angeles Film School and Marine Corps gave me the education, discipline and fundamentals of being a successful filmmaker in Hollywood.

Website: https://oethridge.wixsite.com/tayridge
Instagram: Tayridge
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/octavia-ethridge-15b452b5
Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCprZRDvlw5WQKv1LZvrVVqA

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