We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy McColm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Expressing myself fully, without judgment. There is a certain beauty to that. It can be filmmaking, journaling, singing, riding my bike, dancing. Anything that allows you to feel. When you feel without judgment, that is when you can live through your heart. The most honest creating, your purpose can be seen there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work as a Director has a long journey, full of all types of works. Wacky Comedy, and dark humor short films. I am very grateful to share my Point of view of life, and glad that that has come through in the work. Creating without ever really questioning myself, or how I saw things. What sets me apart from others? I suppose just being myself does. We are all different from one another and that is our gift. Use it. Particularly fond of putting realness to female characters, like in Rendezvous and OtherStories, seeing through an image to a girls inner workings. I love adding humor to dark truths in life, like in my first Feature Birds Without Feathers. Most people laugh at the characters till it becomes very obvious we are them. How did I get where I am today? A lot of everything, laundry, assholes, lovers, dreamers, and doubts and belief. Id say in the beginning it was mostly acting which put me in the position early on to decide I like directing. I made a career of both. The belief in self made it fairly easy. I had tunnel vision and nothing could stop me. Then about 4 years ago I dated an abusive guy (another director) and I slowly lost belief in self. I began to make work with less humor, and I see now though it has been hard without belief in self- I don’t think I could have explored the deep sides of my darkness without that. Of course, I am putting a silver lining spin to it- because let’s face it, not having belief in self I feel makes this journey hard, creating is hard, let alone getting out of bed when you feel you dont have a purpose of value yourself anymore. So, to that I say, don’t let jerks in your life, and know you’re worth. You deserve to be heard and seen and NO you don’t have anything to prove. Just allow yourself to experience what you want. What do I want the world to know? I’m ready to live in the clouds again. Fuck haters, they are always gonna be there, and I have deprived myself from being myself too long. I am ready to explore, be imperfect, and see the perfection in that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, damn, this is a tough one. I’d say go to the beach, I love going near Point Dume and having a bon fire there. Swimming, cooking, enjoying. Take a drive on PCH and well, enjoy the breeze. And hey, find a hot tub or a drive in movie theater- marry me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out goes to anyone who is trying. To all the people who think they aren’t normal and hide. To you I want to say, there is no such thing as normal. And I want to thank you for being here on this Earth. I want to thank anyone who has ever believed in me, confided in me, listened to me and I want to thank anyone who has ever loved me. If I started naming specific people the list would be so long. Anyone who has ever done any of these things, no matter where you are, know that I think of you, and I love you too.
The film stills are, A still of Numa Perrier in McColm’s second Feature “Fuzzy Head”, currently filming A Still Richard Riehle and McColm from McColm’s second feature “Fuzzy Head” currently filming. The film also stars, Alicia Witt and Rain Phoenix. (I would love to have that in there some where if not there)