We are happy to announce that LKT's second Member of the Week is Heather Shields! Heather is apart of our Mu class, joining in the fall of 2013. Read her interview below to learn about her plans as the newly elected Vice President of LKT, and her most recent project, "Brooklyn Baby".
Q: Congrats on being nominated as the new Vice President of LKT! What are some goals you have for this semester?
A: As the Vice President, I want to leave a lasting impact by working with the other Executive Board chairs and the general members to produce a stronger brotherhood. I want to help Val Genzano, our Philanthropy Chair, in any way to make sure the Holliday-McMullin Project is a success this semester. Also, I plan to work with Nick Aiello, our Legal Chair, to solidify our Constitution and Code of Conduct policies. Other goals of mine include making a healthy and safe environment for all our brothers and encouraging everyone to film more and try new positions on sets.
Q: Speaking of filming more, have you been involved with any productions lately?
A: Until about a little over a month ago, I hadn’t worked on any big productions since coming home from studying abroad in June. “Brooklyn Baby” was a Lana Del Rey music video Tyler Peterson, my Little, had started working on last summer. There was still a good chunk left to film, as Tyler had put the project on standby. After he showed me the shots from the fair scenes, I really wanted to help get the production back on track and completed. It was a new experience for Tyler, as he had never worked with a Producer before. I was glad to take some of the stress off of him to allow him to focus solely on directing and his personal aesthetic.
I met with Tyler, and Kayla Cantrell, the lead actress, to discuss locations, props and so on. We planned to finish shooting and release the music video over winter break. For one of our bigger scenes, which involved Lana’s band, we had help from fellow LKT brothers, Nick Aiello, Leo Brito, Jeb Burchick, and Adam Willem. A combination of seeing how passionate Tyler was about “Brooklyn Baby” and getting back on set with my brothers definitely revived my love for production. This semester, I hope to work on more sets and potentially film one of my own scripts.
Q: Obviously working on a big project like "Brooklyn Baby" requires a lot of collaboration, especially as a Producer. What do you enjoy most from the collaborative process?
A: As a Producer, my favorite part of the collaborative process is brainstorming and working as a team. In a group, everyone comes to the table with different perspectives and strengths to benefit the project. It makes the experience infinitely better when you know everyone is working together towards an end goal.
Q: What knowledge do you hope to pass down to other LKT members, now that this is your final semester before graduating from Towson?
A: If you don’t like something, don’t be afraid to change it. Who would have guessed I started off as an Interior Design major? On top of that, I switched my major six times. Basically, my biggest piece of advice is to find what you truly love and do what makes you happiest.
Check back in two weeks for our next featured Member! In the meantime, you can check out the music video Heather produced, "Brooklyn Baby", right here.