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That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jun 23, 2020

Today we’re sitting down with Oge Egbuonu. She’s a director, writer, producer—a storyteller. A voice that’s piercing the veil of what history has shown a Black woman’s experience in America to be.

Her directorial debut, (In)Visible Portraits, was just released on Juneteenth. It’s a Think Piece, a self-described “love letter to Black women, and a re-education to everyone else.” Oge shares how she found herself in the middle of creating this film, aware of its bigger purpose in being a vehicle for people to start questioning what they were taught to believe as true.

Her journey to becoming a filmmaker is beautifully unconventional—from working in a hotel, to discovering a calling in teaching yoga, to accepting an unexpected job at Raindog Films where she helped bring to life Eye in the Skye (starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman) and the award-winning film Loving (starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton).

Each plot twist of her story shows a divine calling and a desire to be a vessel of service. Oge reminds us that we’re in a collective space of reimagining what’s possible, and that is the most powerful place we can be in right now.

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