I was always on the lookout for novelty, originality, diversity, & inclusion, says Patricia Chica
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Toronto, Nov 3: Patricia Chica is a Canadian/Salvadorian talented writer, director, and producer of several films in English, French, and Spanish with a unique voice and qualifies for a subsidy from both countries.
Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director of Canadian-Media discusses with Patricia Chica by e-mail about her unique vision in all her work.
Asha Bajaj: What motivated you to choose the film line? Briefly describe your work for eight years as a casting director with your company ChicArt Productions, before you were known as a director-producer?
Patricia: I’ve always known that I would work in the entertainment industry, film, and television in particular since I was a kid. When I was in high school, as part of my English class assignment, I decided to do a video instead of a written essay like everyone and this was marked as a skill I would go on to develop further in the future.
I started my professional career as a casting director at the age of 16 and at 18, I founded ChicArt Productions as a small one-person business. Within a few years, it was transformed into a sustainable and successful casting agency with an office at Mel’s Studios in Montreal and 6 full-time employees.
During those years, I conducted over 2000 auditions alongside veteran directors and seasoned actors for dozens of projects ranging from feature films, television series, commercials, and music videos, for Canadian, American, and French productions and became actor’s director and coach. My casting approach was based on opening doors to diverse actors: people of color, LGBTQ+, underground-looking people, and newcomers. I was always on the lookout for novelty, originality, diversity, and inclusion in an era where these elements were unheard of. Finally at the height of my casting career, following my own heart, I closed the agency to concentrate solely…