BAN Founder, Latasha Kennedy, Takes Her Own Advice As She Prepares to Shoot Her Next Short Film


The time has finally come for me to shoot my film, and I'm so excited! In January, I mentioned that my primary goal this year is to produce my film, One Last Goodbye, a story that explores the impact that suicide has on loved ones left behind. The process of creating this film has been both thrilling and exhausting. But I've taken my own advice about being persistent, going for what you want, and not just what you think you can have, and not letting fear stop you! It's important to follow my own advice, especially since I've always got something to say about people following their dreams. Therefore, when it's time to take my own advice, it's important for me to follow through; otherwise, I'm really no good to anyone. So, I've put my head down and pushed through this crazy process - and it all started with committing to write the script.

I began writing the script in 2017 shortly after a friend of mine died by suicide. While I was devastated about my friend, I couldn't stop thinking about my friend's husband and what his journey would be now that his wife was gone. I wrote several drafts and put this script through tons of scrutiny to gain feedback and insight from other writers and filmmakers in my community. I’m proud to have received so much amazing feedback, and I’m hopeful that the story will resonate with those who see it.

There are so many things that I love about this film, mainly how wonderful my peers have been in rallying around me to ensure that it gets made. Producing a film can be daunting as there are several moving parts at once. So being able to work with so many talented artists who handle their roles brilliantly, on a project that I'm passionate about feels amazing!

Last week, I launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise additional funds for the film's production. Within 48 hours we reached 15% of our goal! We still have quite a stretch to meet it, but I'm confident we can meet our goal of raising the full $8,500.  You can learn more about the film and dynamic team on LMK Entertainment Group's website.  

The takeaway for all of this is simple: Bet on yourself. It doesn't matter how small or big the idea may seem, if it's something that you're passionate about, take the chance and give yourself a fair shot to win! Don't be afraid to shine! Somebody, somewhere, needs what you're too scared to share.

Thanks for sharing in the journey with me. Let me know in the comments what you think about the video, and what you're working on right now too!