The Heroine’s Journey of Dawn Davis

What is the best thing I love about my work? Combining all the ingredients of the appropriate setting where the characters can deliver a compelling dialogue in style and then embelishing some scenes with a choreographed song that communicates the mindset of the character in that moment,. Once they are all blended together and translated into various languages I love the satisfaction of knowing I’ve created moments that let people know there is hope… you are not alone….you matter… you can get through whatever is weighing you down… love still exists ….together we are better.

What is my idea of happiness? For people to live in harmony no matter their economic bsckground, gender, education, age or country.

What is my greatest fear? That I would become a hardened person who lacked empathy.

What is the trait I most deplore about myself? I wish I had thicker skin. I think for the rest of my life I’ll also be trying to learn how to not attempt to win the approval of everyone. I waste too much time and energy trying to gain the approval of people that are merely transients in my journey of life.

Which living persons in my profession do I admire? Aishwarya Rai Bachchan . She is the epitome of beauty as she tells a story in films with words, graceful costumes, expressions and dance. Also I admire The Irwin and Kendrck brothers.

What is my greatest extravagance? I love to find unique shops that are off the beaten path owned and operated by a woman who’s traveled the seas from to start her first business in America. I love to collect a trinket… a pair of shoes…a bag,…a fantastic outfit…an accessory… anything from another part of the world that has a story.

On which occasion would I lie? If someone or myself was at risk of being threatened or harmed . I would do whatever I needed to do to protect them or me.

What is the thing I dislike most about my line of work? I deplore ego in myself or anyone else. I don’t like having to “name drop” and brag in order to impress people. In my present geographical location I find it very difficult professionally as often men don’t take a female filmaker seriously. The agenda shifts and I’m not comfortable with that. I like to keep things professional. I find it exhausting as well that people rarely follow through with their promises so the ones that do you must celebrate them. But having said all of that, these obstacles can drive you towards your own unique path where you can find your voice as a filmmaker.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I easily get distracted by people in need of any kind of help…even the smallest things they really could do on their own I struggle with setting boundaries and knowing when enough is enough. I’d like to be able to learn how and when to draw the line if I’ve exhausted myself trying to help someone get ahead I want to give myself the permission that it’s not selfish to focus on my own purpose and destiny.

What is the greatest achievement in my work? A highlight of my life will always be the day that I was honored at the Consulate of India in Atlanta, Georgia. A picture was taken with me in front of the Indian emblem and then a private lunch was given where they filled the table with every North Indian appetizer, entrée, and sweet that could be found in the kitchen . They were trying to thank me for celebrating Indian culture in the show I coproduced cowrote and starred in while surrounding myself with Desi talent Another highlight with my new company TheDawnAwakening, which has the heartbeat of giving back is the small sewing center called Dawns Designs located in the slums of New Delhi. At Dawns Designs women are being taught to sew so that they might have a skill which aids them in their ability to earn an income.

Where would I most like to live? I sometimes dream of returning to Nashville I’ve always wanted to live in Los Angeles and Mumbai.

What do the words you are your own storyteller of your own wife mean to me? Everything I’m writing for my new portfolio is a real story… whether someone has entrusted me with their story or it is one which I have lived out. I can’t really separate my daily stories in life and what I put to the paper or format in the form of a film.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, or partner in crime? My mother and my fabulous Punjabi friend Ritu David,

What people or company would I like to work with? I have so much content that can fit a variety of markets. So my list is wide reaching and extremely diverse. I would love to work with David White of Pure Flix, Netflix studios, Actor Allu Argin, Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , Actress Kajal, Director/ Writer Jeo Baby, Director/ Writer Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj films, Actress Neena Gupta, Streaming platform Eros , Zee studios, Irwin brothers of Kingdom Story studios in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Undoubtably my late Father Larry Whitehouse and my mother Pat Whitehouse.

Which movie what I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. A Telegu Film starting Allu Argin that changed my life. This film is a three hour masterpiece interweaving family drama, action, dance , music and comedy while communicating a message of overcoming all obstacles.

What role plays stories in my real life and work? My curiousity is unrelenting and my exploratory nature plays a huge role in what inspires me and where I end up and who I meet These experiences become the foundation for a song, a character, a show or a film script.

What books influenced my life and how? CS Lewis, The Magicians Nephew. Shakespearean poetry …all of it. The Bible. CS Lewis’ The Magicians Nephew taught me how to create an imaginary world where I could disappear for a while. Shakesperean literature taught me the discipline and power of rearranging words while expanding my intellectual horizons. Lastly, The Bible is my daily roadmap for how to live …how to spend my hours…how to forgive and how to love.

You only die once what music would I listen to on my last day? The Hindi song Sheldon Bangera, Nachoonga .

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I’ve never been one to be attracted to the larger than life fictional hero or heroine characters in print or in film. Ratna in the Hindi film “Sir” was so beautifully vulnerable, loyal, unassuming and so inspirational. In fiction or in real life the humble and the overlooked are to me truly the heroes or heroines to emulate and admire.

What is my most marked characteristic? My globally inspired fusion style of dress.

What is my most inspirational location in my city? Anywhere outside and definitely my balcony.

What is my most favorite place to eat and drink in the city? Kola Tavern.. a quaint African cafe down the street. Cake World a Kerala inspired Indian Bakery in Alpharetta. Royal Sweets in Decatur. Thali at Honest in Decatur with my Mother every Sunday, And last but not least an unmarked small ethiopian coffee/ smoothie cafe at the Somalian Plaza in Clarkston.

What project am I looking forward to working on? I am looking forward to begin bringing my new portfolio of films and shows and music to life in the coming year.

Where can you see my work? My films and shows will be on channels, various OTT streaming platforns and small cinemas translated and overdubbed in many languages.

What do the words passion never retires mean to me? As a content creator, I believe that the depth of your work only gets better with time, age , experience, With more experience, you gain the ability to edit out what gets in the way of telling a good story,

Which creative professionals should Peter include invite to tell their story?
Terrence Eko, Jeff Rose, Massi Trevis, Babbal Singh, Coach Wes Lee, Mika Reyes

How can you contact me?
Dawn Davis.. Actress/Screenwriter, Composer/Producer

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