Creative Class: TIFF Filmmaker, Molly McGlynn

Posted by Jen McNeely, September 12, 2016

Molly Glynn, TIFF Filmmaker on the Drake Blog

"We had no money, and the deadline to submit a film for TIFF was two days away," says filmmaker Molly McGlynn, who met me for tacos at The Drake Hotel last week. This combination of challenges would have dismayed most, but Molly was determined to get a short into the festival; she did.

3-Way (Not Calling) is a hilarious and smart film about a couple trying to liven up their sex life by inviting a third to join them in bed, and the pre- and post-coital awkwardness that ensues. "After you have sex with a stranger with your partner, and you go to eat chips afterwards, what does that moment look like?" Exploring the possible answers to this question was an expedition that led Molly and her cast into eruptions of laughter.

This wasn't the first time I had met Molly at The Drake. For years, we've been travelling in similar circles, meeting each other at parties on the Sky Yard or shows in the Underground. As twenty-somethings, we both experienced a strong desire to make and experiment with our artistic sides, but we weren't sure where our calling was or how to start. "I think if you are a creative person and you are working in facilitating a cultural organization, you get this itch and you're like, ‘I think I can do that,’ but you just don't have the confidence."

So where do you get the confidence? How do you find your voice? For Molly, it boiled down to a two-step process: "Step 1 is to make stuff. Step 2, which took me a while, is what it is about you that you do well." The answers to the second question only reveal themselves once you try, try, and try again.

Perseverance, passion, and tough skin are what got Molly over the hump of doing + making to doing + making things that got noticed. Beyond 2016 being the first year she got her film in the fest, she also starts production on her first feature film, Mary Go Round, this fall.

If you're feeling that itch but need a little guidance on how to chart your journey, here's some advice that helped Molly find her way:

  1. Show up and keep making work. Success is about endurance.
  2. When you get a good piece of criticism, hold tightly to that.
  3. Don't copy people; find your own voice.
  4. Trust that you have the right to take up space in places, even if you feel you don't belong.

Keep at it, keep at it, and keep at it...eventually, something will happen.

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