Zooppa Featured Member: Sabrina Ashleigh

Sabrina_FeaturedMemberMeet Sabrina Ashleigh, this month’s featured member. A Zoopper that prides herself on her quirky and non-conventional personality. This second year UCLA student is always looking for the next creative opportunity. Ashleigh is working to break the norm and we can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. Check out her winning submission for Crayola and read the full interview! 

Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.

Personality-wise and creatively-speaking, I pride myself in being quirky and non-conventional.

What brought you to the Zooppa community?

I’m a loan-burdened college student with a passion for film, so I was spending all summer looking for any film/video related internships and scholarships. As the story goes, I didn’t snag any of either, but my initially fruitless search led me to Zooppa video contests. That’s when I thought “screw it”; I realized I don’t need to wait on a company to provide me with a paycheck to do what I love, so I signed up right away!

What do you like most about crowdsourced contests?

It’s really refreshing to not have your creativity dictated or validated by any company or higher-ups.

Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?

I am currently a 2nd year at UCLA which sounds ideal, because of its reputation in film, but unfortunately the film major is notoriously difficult to get into, and, due to mandatory requirements, I won’t even be able to apply until the end of this school year. I definitely think this sentiment of being “so close yet so far” has forced me to fully internalize the idea that I have to open my own doors. 

What is your favorite genre of film to create?

Anything dealing with the inner psyche fascinates me, because it’s highly interpretive and visuals/audio can be manipulated without definite explanations.

Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?

If I’m not cramming for exams or working on shorts, I will be curled up in bed watching Netflix but not chilling.

Choose 3 words to describe your art.

Colorful, candid, emotional

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on two student films here at UCLA. But aside from narrative film, I am also working on a personal year-long project where I document my year of college. I actually made a video last year  and I had a lot of fun filming and editing, so I might just end up making one every year for the rest of my life.

What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?I chose Crayola’s Creative Possibilities campaign, because:

  • I’m a college student with loans.
  • I’m a huge advocate for the manipulation and use of color in film, and when I think of Crayola, I think color.
  • Back in the day, I was the privileged kid with the 64-pack crayons with sharpener, so I’d like to think that Crayola and I have a solid history.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?

Honestly, just try to think of what everyone else will do, and don’t do that. I know this sounds like a stupid “duh” statement, but it’s my own personal mantra. Creativity, at its very core, is about transcending the traditional. Whenever I work on my projects, I always have to make a conscious effort to break norms and be unique. I’m by no means saying I’m always successful, but eventually I’ll get there!

10 years from now where will we see you and your films?

Just the idea that I will be able to make my own films 10 years from now is enough to satiate me at the moment. I think I’ll worry about where I’ll be later on.

Check out more of Sabrina’s work on her website.

Colette Marien

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