20.09.18

Meet the producer : Michelle Lacoste

What was the biggest challenge of your career? 
The biggest challenge as a producer is to “make things happen”:
-As they were supposed to
-On time
-With quality
– In a fun way
I think that if you can provide your client with the product they expect, and you have a motivated team with a good communication, then magic happens…
 
What inspired you to become a producer?
I’ve always been intrigued by what happens behind cameras or behind the stage.
In other words I think I’m pretty nosy about how, when and where.
 
If there’s anything to know about you, what would it be?
I’m a producer, mother of two incredible little people, I have two cats, I love coffee and I’m a bit of a closeted melomaniac.
 
Any crazy anecdote to share with the world?
My first steps in production happened in the rock n’ roll world of 1997, I was manager for over 2 years, but I got tired of babysitting rockstars.
I had a need to be involved in creative processes, and that is how I moved over to this world.
It was around 2000 when I made the first commercials, short films and documentaries of my life
 
What is the weirdest, most unexpected skill you bring to your job, and how did you learn it?
We producers like to suffer, sweat, and achieve the almost impossible…if there is anything weirder and unexpected than that, please let me know!
 I learned to enjoy all of these things because “the level of stress and suffering during a process is directly proportional to the level of satisfaction with the final product”
*Suffering understood as complex goal to accomplish.
 
Is it difficult to be a women in this industry? And which tips would you give to the ones that aspire to become a producer?
I think the level of complexity women have to achieve in order to stand out is the same today for any profession, stigma are very present and we have them tattooed on our skin culturally.
However, we were lucky enough to live in a time when such a topic is open to discussion and conscience is being built around it.
Is important to be more proactive and make sure we are up to the higher standards of responsibility, growth and development in our functions and this way we’ll be able to overcome gender difficulties.