Pump It Up Magazine caught up with film maker, Actor, rapper, and DJ Gerald Webb and asked him about his 7 minute short film $tack$
1. What made you pursue film making?
I think it’s in you or it’s not. I just got to a point where despite being a very successful DJ, I wasn’t fulfilled and did a t of soul searching for what I really wanted. I did a lot of soul searching, read books, took personal development classes. Acting, film making and moving to L.A. kept popping up in my thoughts. I finally decided to choose whether to go for with everything I had OR to give up the idea of pursuing film making forever and never say would of, could of or should of in the future. When I realized I couldn’t give it up completely, what had always be in me, made the choice for me.
2. What roadblocks did you faced when you were starting out?
Sometimes I feel like I ran into EVERY road block. The biggest one early was just not knowing what I was doing while thinking I did. I had to really humble myself and approach the industry from a place of knowing nothing in order to start finding my way.
Money was also a big obstacle.
It takes a lot more money than most people think to start your acting business- photo shoots, head shot printing, memberships to casting sites, acting classes etc. Access is also a big roadblock that doesn’t really go away. You get into one room and there you see another door, and another with each level you rise through.
3. What is your greatest achievement till date?
To have the opportunity to pursue my dreams and make art. Awards come and go but not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to choose to do what they love. It’s a rollercoaster with many ups and lots of downs but being able to pursue it every day is an amazing achievement for me and just about any one.
4. How did you come up with the idea for your film $tack$?
I was watching the early stages of the Covid-19 toilet paper hoarding and was really upset by the selfishness and complete lack of concern shown by some for other human beings. Rather than get into a fight at a retail store, I tried to find a better way to express my frustration and frankly anger with what I was seeing materialize in front of me. As I got home and stewed, the idea for $TACK$ came to me.