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#SummerHours Memoirs: Mellini Kantayya

Goodbye, winter caps—hello, summer hats! It’s that glorious time of year where many of us can switch from content creators to content consumers. NYWIFT members Mellini Kantayya and Kathryn O’Kane have put together #SummerHours, a series of fun summer books, movies, and TV shows by or about women.


By Kathryn O’Kane

Mellini Kantayya’s collection of essays, actor. writer. whatever., explore the “pinnacles and pitfalls” of making one’s way in the entertainment industry, of paying your dues, and sticking to your guns. I identified with many truths: that sick feeling you get when you turn down work because it just doesn’t feel right and having to dig deep to continue pursuing the dream.

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Perhaps the most striking lesson is one she learned from observing Joan Rivers: “Despite all the knockdowns, she still puts herself out there in a way that leaves her vulnerable. This is so brave, it stuns me.” With humor and wit, Kantayya tackles inherent bias, aging, procrastination, and making ends meet with a bravery that stuns me, too. Kantayya is not just an amazing contributing member of NYWIFT, but also my partner for this #SummerHours series.

 

(Cover photo by Bridgette Matthews)
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busyk Kathryn O'Kane is a producer/director with over fifteen years of diverse experience in television, advertising and web media. She is honored to serve on the NYWIFT Board of Directors, which supports the careers of women in the Entertainment Industry. Kathryn has crafted narratives as diverse as “Mission Juno,” which documents NASA’s probe to Jupiter, "Master Class," the award-winning10-part flagship series for the Oprah Winfrey Network OWN, and "San Quentin Film School," a six-part documentary series for Discovery Channel following nine prisoners during the first ever film production class in prison. Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, Kathryn has always maintained a love for international travel and politics, and she looks forward to bridging cultural differences through art and story telling. Learn more at www.busyk.com.

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