Jay Mullings on Black History Month, Creativity & Politics// Written Mirror// Written Mirror

Jay Mullings on Black History Month, Creativity & Politics// Written Mirror// Written Mirror


>>I see this generation as
the breakthrough generation where things will
change. Their parents will have faced the same
problems and issues and they won’t have had
someone like you or people
like you talking to them about
this. They wouldn’t have had
anyone saying you can do this and so
it’s the parents as well Who might need help.>>I don’t necessarily agree
with that because I grew up
with my grandparents. My grandmother
is my biggest supporter. She was always telling me
I can do whatever I set my mind to so this idea
that we weren’t being told this it goes for some
situations in some families and a lot of the time. Like for instance
in African families they were telling their children you can’t play football
as a career. Look how it’s turning out now
with football. That that’s probably
a big mistake. In other communities
you can’t do music. You know you need to go
to a doctor and an accountant. So on and so forth.
And look how that’s turning out. And then there’s people
who love video games you can’t do video games. People are playing video games
professionally.>>I think it’s just down
to individual parenting not necessarily parenting
as a group and also in schools; people just
understand people want to express
themselves in different ways or they have things
that they perceive as their best qualities.>>And you should just try
and nurture that and not necessarily get into
trying to control and mold and make them go down
a certain path. You kind of just guide them to making
their best decisions and then you trust that
you’ve done a good enough job so they choose things that
hopefully they can excel in. How hard have you found it to
get where you are?>>Wow.
>>Very hard. And you know again I wish it were just about
what I put on paper or just about what I had to say. And you know the decision
rests solely on that but that’s not been the case
the case has been it’s all this other stuff
that comes with it and it’s a lot of people
critiquing things that that’s not
what their job is. It’s not to go above
and beyond that if someone’s going
to critique writing and make it about
how a story should unfold that they have no knowledge
of then clearly that’s not going
to be applicable or it’s not.>>It’s not in bounds.
Basically I know you
wouldn’t tell J.K. Rowling that Harry Potter
is just unrealistic. It wouldn’t go! It’s her story
and your job (Agent/Producer) is to kind of see the merits
in that story and help her sell
it. And that’s not
how it’s been for me. So that’s probably been
the hardest thing it’s just the frustration I feel from people
who as far as I’m concerned Are not trying to get it! They’re not trying
to understand. They’re not coming
from a place of, “Oh I’ve never experienced this.>>Can you explain?”>>It’s always oh
it can’t be this! It’s gotta be that.
And it’s just never helpful. Tell me about
your film ‘The JAM’? What’s it about?
>>It has a few different
meanings.>>So JAM as in
the abbreviated version of Jamaica
that you see on your screen when it comes
to sports and stuff.>>The Jam as in people
jamming you know relax and being together jamming
is in the musical sense so you know people bring in their own instrument
to the party and the jam is in
an abbreviation for J and more. So it’s about me
and my family my friends the way I think, the kind of
struggles
I’ve gone through and kind of why I do what I do and it’s just kind of
just giving it to you. I wouldn’t say raw
but just kind of unfiltered almost it’s very
very natural very organic. And it’s me with you know
the people that I mean the most to me
or some of the people that mean the most to me.>>And if youngsters
watched your film and they came up to you and they said you know
“I want to be a writer!” What would your advice
be?
>>Get writing!>>Just start immediately! Don’t even think about it! It’s like well I wouldn’t say
it’s like swimming. You don’t just jump into a pool
if you have no idea how to swim. But with writing
it’s trial and error. We all have
a process that would allow us all to write in some fashion.
I don’t know a lot you say everyone can write
it’s true and not true. They say you should write what
you know. Do you believe in
that? No. No because
that is rarely exactly right. Does she (JK Rowling) know about
Dementors & magic? No no you don’t.
You write some of what you know. You write what you feel and you
write what you want to write. I think you you you put that
in a blender and you end up
with something like the idea that you just write
what you know is why a lot of things are just
(average).>>At the end of the day, when
you read or watch something you’re not watching
something for you to go, “Yeah seen that already.”
You want to see something new. And for you to see something new
it’s got to be more than just what you feel
and sorry what you know. So it’s got to be outside of
that, it also has to be what
you feel. Is what you feel might be
different to what people feel?>>And you know that’s how
you make things fresh and new and unique and I think yeah you mix
what you know with what you feel and what you want to write and then that ends up
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