Meet Ayelen, Creator of Nottingham
Nottingham is a brand new feminist web-series inspired by Robin-Hood that launches on YouTube February 12th. We chatted with the series creator about being inspired to take her writing to the next level, how feminism impacts her work, and much more.
Can you introduce yourself to our Betty's!
I’m Ayelen, a Torontonian since birth who just finished her Master’s at Ryerson University in Media Production. As a part of my Master Thesis I wrote, directed, and produced a gender bent Robin Hood web series entitled, Nottingham.
Tell us how you got started?
I’ve been writing prose since I was 13, but didn’t realise that I could write for film until I was in university when The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was released.
All of a sudden making something, like a web series, didn’t seem impossible.
I began to write screenplays and applied to be able to learn more about the craft in school.
Why feminism is important to you and how does it influences your work?
When I applied to do my Masters I knew I wanted to create a web series that explored feminism. My version of Robin Hood gets upset after being passed up for an internship she deserved for an all-male team. She decides to fight against the patriarchy at her university.
Although I loved my time at school, it was a period of time where I really faced off against men who assumed they knew more about media than I did (it was a constant fight against mansplaining).
I felt very underestimated as a woman, and it only left me wanting to prove them wrong – just like the character. I was very lucky to have professors who believed in me, but there were definitely moments where I had to keep from rolling my eyes when a male student told me something about my own research.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout? Whats your favorite self care practice?
When things get to be too much, I turn everything off, put on my favourite Austen movie and make myself a fancy tea.
It may take more than a movie to take my mind off things, but once I do I can breathe and relax, and take on the world again.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
Know what you want to create, and then do it. Create that thing. Surround yourself with people who understand your vision and make the thing you want to make. With every project your skills will improve.
How can our Betty's support you?
Thank you for offering! Follow Nottingham on social media and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube page to see the series when it launches February 12th!