Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds making art no matter where they are. A case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.
Today I am excited to be arts calling writer/director Janet Swainston!
Forged in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada with the chance to learn and make films bleak and non-existent, my passion for writing focused like a laser on the stage, but by the time I was 16, after seeing a little film called Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, my passion was engulfed by film.
I began to write scripts, terrible ones at first, learning as I grew. I was then required to make a living, as running away to Hollywood wasn’t practical for a small-town girl from Canada. I started work in office administration assisting, moved into retail, found community theater and eventually found my way back into film.
I bought a camera, made some short films, directed a feature for hire and began to plan my career in earnest. Then tragedy struck and I became disabled, awaiting an operation to restore my life, but that didn’t daunt me. I continued to learn and grow as a screenwriter, found Twitter and joined the screenwriting community.
As of today, I write features and series, host table reads for other writers under my company banner of Northern Unicorn Films Ltd., read other writers, and keep working towards that dream of being a working screenwriter.
Thanks for coming on the show Janet, it was such a pleasure!
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Make art. Much love,
If you’re a creative in the written, visual, or performing arts, and believe the arts make us and our communities better, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me here.