We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
What do I think about taking risks? I think that If I didn’t take risks, I wouldn’t have a career. When it comes to making films or the entertainment industry in general, you will hear “no” a thousand times in a thousand different ways. And it’s unfortunate. Because of this I had to learn how to be creative with my approach and what I was creating in general, taking calculated risk had to become a refined skill. I had to get out of my comfort zone, buy equipment, learn how to write authentically and make connections to make quality content. All of these were a risk in itself considering equipment isn’t cheap and achieving these goals take time and discipline. I had to invest in myself even when others wouldn’t. Some of the Sacrifices that were made were changing my major from Biology to Film and blocking out the voices who said being a filmmaker is unrealistic. The role that risks played in my life was being the push that I needed to follow my dreams and make them a reality. When you are doing something that you love and put in effort, things always fall into place no matter the risk.
What should our readers know about your business?
When it comes to the Business side of the entertainment industry, I am still learning. Everyone is. However even while learning, I am building a media group that caters to telling stories that anyone can see themselves in. I’ve been involved in organizations interning, which gave me the foundation to learn not only about business but interacting with others. The challenges that I had to face was learning how to be a producer and managing others. It was definitely a shift, however I’m glad I had that experience so I can know what to do as a founder of a production company.
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.
There are a lot of places to go, for some reason I love going to different places that serve brunch just for the sheer fact of being bougie lol. Some places that I would go would be “The Pub” in Pembroke Pines. Even if it’s generally in South Florida, I would take them to “Cinnaholic” which is a Vegan Pastry Shop, I swear you eat there and you don’t feel heavy, you feel good after. “Another Broken Egg” & “First Watch” are good places to go as well. Aside from food, I would definitely go to Las Olas Ft. Lauderdale and relax. Honestly, the way me and my friends are even taking a trip to Walmart would be an adventure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I begin with the people who support me. God more than anything guides me and supports me and I know that for a fact. Next, I would give recognition to my parents Derrick and Delourdes Gordon for making me a dreamer in the first place. I would thank my Aunt, Michelle Gordon, who pushed me to follow my dreams. I would Recognize my best friend, Micah Ramos, for always being there and being honest even when I really don’t want to hear it but need to hear it. All of the crew and cast members in Drip Productions, they’ve taught me so much and I thank them. For all of those I didn’t mention just know that I thank and recognize all of them with love. I wouldn’t be the Filmmaker that I am without the help, love, understanding and guidance from each and every one of them.