What Would You Say To 16 Year Old You?
With Miranda Plant
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hello! Miranda Plant here, an actress turned producer for film and TV in NYC. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario and have been living in NYC for the past 7 years with my husband, Todd, and now newborn baby, William.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I love animated movies. I watch them when I’m stressed and sometimes when I work.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Have the heart of a lion, the soul of an angel, and the skin of an elephant. (It’s helped me get through rejection and tough Producer moments!)
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Dream big. If you don’t dream it, you can’t make it come true.
What is your greatest fear?
That I won’t make my films out of fear of rejection, or that my ideas are too small.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Oh yes. I’ve had men doubt my ability as a producer. I’ve had women undermine my experience. It feels awful. But if anything it has been the fuel that makes me prove them wrong. I have blond hair and am a “nice looking” girl. But I can assure you, I’m anything but “nice”. I’m kind. I’m tough. But I’m not “nice”.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Your gender doesn’t define your ability to do a job. And don’t feel like you have to play a part as woman. Express as much of yourself as you can, and try to express more of it everyday.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I have access to amazing filmmakers and creatives. I can see a Broadway show or a film premiere almost every night of the week if I wanted to. There is no shortage of inspiration and inspiring people here in NYC.
What do you love most about yourself?
I am very compassionate and generous.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I was working on a project, a web series, and almost 3/4 of the way completed and the producer/ lead actor and I had a huge disagreement. She wanted to fire the main creative team. And when I stood up to her she fired me too. It was devastating. But ultimately I learned it’s better to leave a project that is hurting you than try and save a burning house. Save yourself! You have to live with yourself, they don’t! And once I left myself grieve that loss, I was hired on another project that was much more satisfying and financially gratifying.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
Reputation is important. Remember what you say and how you treat people. It’s a small industry and everyone knows each other.
Why do you love to travel?
I love learning new things about myself and others.
What motivates you most?
My dreams. My son. Making people laugh.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
At first I didn’t. But now that I have a son, I only take on projects that I care deeply about. So that way it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like another extension of my life.
What is your favorite meal?
Linguini Bolognese from Max’s in Tribeca.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Write down my goals, and make actionable to-do lists.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I am an extrovert who enjoys alone time. I can spend lots of time alone very happily. I like my space.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would be a teacher, or an interior designer.
What is something on your bucket list?
To take my husband and son to Hawaii.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Performing at Carnegie Hall was pretty extraordinary. I performed there in 2016 as a part of a choral performance of a Canadian composer. I remember thinking, I didn’t even know that I wanted something like this. Being on that stage was electrifying. I could feel the energy of the Theatre and the energy of all the people who had performed there before me.
Where do you find inspiration?
The Theatre, movies, and art galleries. I love walking around any art gallery (big or small) in NYC, or any of the cities I travel in.
What are your biggest passions?
Performing Shakespeare, writing, building a film, making my son laugh, making my husband laugh, spending time with my wonderful friends.
More About Miranda
Miranda Plant is an award-winning actress and producer based in New York City. As an actress she has performed in everything from Shakespeare on the stage, to lead roles in such feature films as “Pure Pwnage” (Best Feature at the Canadian Comedy Awards) and “The Dirty Kind” (Executive Producer Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill)). She is currently touring national and international film festivals presenting the dystopian sci-fi film that she starred and produced (while 5 months pregnant) called “Greater Good”. Another film Miranda worked on as a line producer called “When We Grow Up”, starring Cate Curtin (Stranger Things), won “Hoosier Best of Lens” (Indie Fest) and also continues to tour around festivals nationwide.
Miranda is a moderator of the NYC Women Filmmakers group, which is a collective of over 3,500 female filmmakers in NYC. She believes strongly in promoting female filmmakers and women in film and has created two films with entirely female crews.
Miranda is currently working on two feature length documentaries, one of which she has written herself as she develops her voice as a writer. More at www.mirandaplant.com.