We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Slocum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, how do you think about risk?
Choosing to be come a filmmaker is a risk within itself. 9 times out of 10 a filmmakers parents or close confidants, has advised them to get a traditional job or to have a Plan B, I’m against both, so it’s a risk. I’m a firm believer in “High risk, great rewards” but take calculated risk. Risk is essential in innovation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the proud CEO/FOUNDER of Eyes Glued Productions! Our motto is “We want our audiences eyes glued to any production we present”. What sets me apart from most filmmakers, is that I can write any Genre and I will never be bound to just one type of film! My journey was long and extremely difficult. I came up in this era of do it yourself, opportunities aren’t given so much this day in age. So instead of seeking funds from major production companies I’ve had to film my material myself. Indie filmmaking takes innovation, the ability to adapt and to improvise, you have to be able to sale yourself and your product. Most of all my journey took courage and nerves of steel, I say this because almost everyone will deter you especially loved ones because it takes a special type of person to go after your dreams without allowing life or circumstances to tear you down. I’ve learned to BET ON MYSELF EVERY TIME! I also learned there are no plan b’s only different ways to perform plan A! I want the world to know they are watching an Eyes Glued Production, because of its great story telling not its genre!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best time ever, for me would consist of world travel. You can’t have the best time in one place, I encourage people around to experience different foods and cultures. Life experiences is always a writers best source for material. In my opinion the best story tellers are the most diverse almost everyone can relate to a diverse person. Sorry I’m not more specific, but I’m interested in all types of foods, people, and places.
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’m eternally grateful to my parents; My mother taught me to think outside of the box and to embrace who I am. My father taught me that anything I desire is obtainable, nothing is too great for me. I’m grateful for my beautiful wife, she is my biggest cheerleader and brought structure at fortitude to Eyes Glued Productions. My Grandfather would make me watch classic films with him, it taught me to appreciate the art of acting and filmmaking. My best friends have been so supportive and Business man extraordinaire, Tommy Duncan for taking a chance on an unproven Filmmaker from the West side of Atlanta. That means the world to me. Last but not least The Lord who bestowed talents upon me.
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