Atlanta Film and TV: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got your start in the entertainment industry.
Autumn Bailey: I have been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years and have produced more than 35 feature films. I started by interning at different production companies, wanting to understand the business side of the industry and how projects make money. I pride myself on producing projects that have my artistic stamp of approval and that will make some kind of profit as well. I also have a degree from Shaw University.
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you tell us a little about Autumn Bailey Entertainment & Prominent Productions?
Autumn Bailey: Autumn Bailey Entertainment is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. We are a company responsible for the development and physical production of film and television productions, currently focusing on serving niche markets. As a producer I may find a script I’d like to work on with a writer or sometimes even come up with an idea and collaborate with a writer, implementing ideas I’d like to see come to life.
I also buy 5-8 books online a month to see what I can option to adapt into a film. As a producer, I do everything I can to help bring an idea to life and see it through. I am also moving over into the TV world after 15 years of producing feature films. I am excited about the TV shows I will be Executive Producing.
Additionally, Prominent Productions is based in Beverly Hills, California and is ran alongside Cameron Burnett. It is a full-service Film & Television Production company responsible for development and physical production. We have a full slate of TV and Feature Films coming soon. It's been hard running two separate companies but I am starting to understand how to balance them as they are not the same.
Atlanta Film and TV: Who would you consider to be your mentor in the entertainment industry? And, could you tell us one valuable lesson that they taught you?
Autumn Bailey: Devon Franklin has been a mentor to me for over 10 - years. He’s helped me to understand how to use my faith in the industry and how not to be afraid to say no. He’s also helped me to understand my value as a producer.
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you give us some background on Get Connected and the purpose behind it?
Autumn Bailey: I started Get Connected when I first moved to Atlanta. At that time, there wasn’t a place that I could go to network and get plugged in with other industry professionals and hopefuls. I wanted to create a space where everyone would feel welcome and at the same time raise money for various charities. I was raised to always give back and lift others up. I wanted Get Connected to be a place for ALL, no matter if you were a newbie or a veteran. It’s a safe space for industry professionals.
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you tell us a little bit about the Get Connected Atlanta and Final Touch Production Film Grant?
Autumn Bailey: This idea is another way to give back. I work hard in the industry and have been blessed through that hard work. I wanted to extend an opportunity to local content creators to get some seed funding. I want to be able to give my personal money to filmmakers so they can bring their ideas to life. $10k might not be a lot, but it could be enough for some filmmakers to get an idea off of the ground.
Atlanta Film and TV: How have you seen Atlanta’s Film and TV industry change in the last five years?
Autumn Bailey: I’ve seen it change by all the crews, content creators and people stepping out in faith moving here and creating their own projects. I support everyone in the Georgia Entertainment community and I wish them the best no matter the level they are. Just keep going and never give up.
Atlanta Film and TV: What advice can you give to content creators who would like to pitch their projects to a network and or a producer?
Autumn Bailey: When you pitch an idea, you must include the possible business benefits of your idea and not just how creative or unique it sounds. Investors are interested in making a return. Show them that you have some idea how your project will give them that ROI. Also, I recommend taking a legal and business class in Entertainment if you did not attend college.
I would like to leave by saying when you believe you can achieve. Nothing has ever been handed to me. I truly work hard and I base both my companies on integrity and honesty and FAITH.I love making amazing art and I am excited about the future of Autumn Bailey Entertainment and Prominent Productions.
For more information, be sure to check out Autumn Bailey’s website.