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    William LilesApr 20, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    The film industry has been slow rolling its start back since the end of the strike. But it’s building momentum.

    As a graduate of UWF’s communications/journalism track in the mid-80’s, and former managing editor of ‘The Voyager,’ I started in the film world about 12 years ago as an actor and now a newbie screenwriter. Never too old or too young in this business. I finally figured out my passion.

    Over 350 productions later as everything from a Hugh Jackman film double to on-camera driver for MARVEL to a couple of small speaking roles and plenty of background, I used my newspaper training for a foundation to build aggregated WordPress sites. The Yallywood Reporter is one of them and highlights the incredible global film hub that is Georgia, or Y’allywood, as we affectionately call it.

    The film business is not for the partially committed or faint of heart, but is the most incredible and magical industry I could ever imagine. From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Walking Dead’ I’ve been honored to serve alongside Hollywood greats. And if I had to do it over again, I’d probably become a director.

    Cinema, broadcasting and film production will always be here in one form or the other. I wish all who pursue it to never lose heart, embrace rejection, and hone your skills whenever and wherever possible. Your resume is just as important as your contacts.

    And excellence is the foundation of winning in this highly competitive field. No matter how small the role in production or the talent side, each opportunity presents a chance to be better, be seen, and soar.

    God bless your endeavors, and I’ll see you on set! ~ William “Ogghy” Liles