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Meet Elle Davida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elle Davida.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Elle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up acting and with a real passion for filmmaking, I always knew I would work in entertainment, it just made the most sense to me. I was working at Logan Airport and taking classes at Emerson College in Boston when I came across an online ad one day about a John Travolta film coming to Boston that was seeking interns to work as production assistants. I called, managed to get an interview, they hired me and while I was sitting around the production office one day, the accountant walked by and saw I wasn’t doing anything, and asked me if I wanted to come to help her file… & the rest is history! We hit it off, and she really took me under her wing and brought me to her next three shows with her as her clerk, giving me the experience on paper I really needed to be able to get work on my own in an industry mostly employing freelance crew members! If you do not know someone, it’s not easy to get in!

As I went show to show, I just networked and met everyone I could. I made it known I really wanted to advance in the world of production accounting and I chased it. From Boston to New Orleans, back to Rhode Island, then Atlanta, I moved all over for work, before Fast & Furious 8 called and offered me a spot on their accounting team, a dream job in my mind might I add! I packed my car, and within three days of receiving the call, was driving myself to Atlanta with my life in the backseat of my car. From that film, I landed Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame, employing me another almost two years on their accounting teams here in ATL! After accruing a few large & franchise studio films on my resume, I decided to try and take the accounting idea over to the world of music, landing me an assistants position to the tour manager for Atlanta rap group Migos. Giving me real insight and exposure to the world of touring and tour accounting, I decided I really loved a lot about touring and being on the road, but I really wanted to work with a smaller artist of my own where we could really build together, and tour more on my own terms, while being a part of something being built from the ground up.

Local Atlanta hip hop artist Zz Taylor and I met while I was interning briefly in a recording studio here in the city, and we decided to team up as artist and manager and give the world something new, which we are currently working on now, so definitely stay tuned for that!! I do a little bit of everything, but I would have to say of all the things I am good at, making things happen is definitely my strong suit! I really believe if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything with hard work, determination, and consistency. It’s all about manifesting good energy and putting what you want out into the world. Speak what you want into existence.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not. Every day has its challenges, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Being in the industry, well, two industries really, mostly dominated by men definitely can be challenging. Getting people to hear you and take you seriously can be hard sometimes, but you just have to be able to stand your ground, stand up for yourself and what you believe in, and never back down from whatever it is you want to make happen. Patience and consistency are key traits needed to work in entertainment. The constant hustle of the freelance aspect can also be very stressful. The long hours, nights that turn to mornings in the studio, set days lasting 14+ hours, living on the road out of a suitcase, it can be a lot, it can be draining, hard on your personal life and relationships, but on the same side of things, it’s still very rewarding to be a part of something so creative, like the making of a film or putting on a live show! Taking people out of reality and making them feel something they wouldn’t otherwise feel in that moment, that is the coolest job in the world if you ask me.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I work as a freelance assistant production accountant for motion pictures and television, and I also manage a new emerging independent hip hop artist here in Atlanta! Enjoying the best of both worlds, film, and music!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My dad has this VHS videotape of me, I was probably three years old, running around the house in these little star-shaped sunglasses and I would just yell “movie star” over and over and over again! It was my favorite word, haha. My dad used to let me, my brother and my sister pick a new movie every week to watch with him. We’d get in his convertible, drive down to Blockbuster Video, rent a new movie and go back home to make popcorn and watch it. Then we’d all sit around after discussing what we loved and hated about it. Getting lost in a story has always been one of my favorite escapes, and the art of film making is truly something I have always and will always love.

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@corygazai, @creativeryan

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