We had the good fortune of connecting with Virginia Tucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Virginia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I like to do things that scare me. Let’s be real…trying something new can be scary, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. I recently pivoted into directing. We shot our film during COVID, which was a challenge. Creatively, I always need be growing and trying new things. The risk turned out to be completely worth it, and I absolutely love directing. Even if I hated it, that would have been OK too. Shoot to succeed but give yourself the freedom to fail. That’s how you grow. I had to learn a lot, but directing felt like second nature. I love movies, storytelling, and actors. Good leadership is also something I get really excited about. I enjoy serving each person and helping them shine. In this role, I get to combine all these passions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want to see more roles and stories showing dynamic female protagonists. Personally, I’m drawn to to films showing a girl or woman stepping into her true identity and overcoming obstacles. I love movies like “Kill Bill,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “The Holiday.” We shot my film, “Touched,” with 75% female crew. The film is about a young woman opening up about PTSD from her past sexual assault, when she can’t kiss a boy she’s falling for. My goal is that “Touched” inspires honest conversations and brings hope to anyone that’s been through a traumatic event. I’m extremely proud of the film and grateful for the team that helped me make it. It’s been fun coming from an acting background into filmmaking. I know what it’s like to be on the other side. As a filmmaker, I want to tell great stories but also create a supportive working environment too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Explore: L.A. Conservancy Downtown historic theater waking tours ….They take you inside some of the old palace movie theaters that are no longer open to the public! Eat: Petit Trois Activities: Pickwick Vintage Market, Moonlight Rollerway, San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jency Griffin Hogan is my executive producer of the film I just completed. She encouraged me to go for it and dive into filmmaking. Also my good friend, Alexandra Boylan, inspired me to make my film. Her book “Create Your Own Career in Hollywood” is fantastic. It’s all about creating the stories that you want to see. Also, Glenn Withrow, the director of a film I acted in “The Last Champion.” That film also recently hit #1 on Apple Dramas! He recommended I read “Shot by Shot.” That was my bible leading up my first time directing. A few other books I’d recommend are “Rebel Without a Crew” by Robert Rodriguez, “Directing Actors” by Judith Weston, and “Like Brothers” by Mark and Jay Duplass.
Poster – Aaron Hogan Maddie Nichols & Virginia Tucker press photo – Aaron Hogan Headshot – Paul Smith