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MADE FEATURES movie all the way up to now, from the set of Being Mary Jane to everything that I’ve produced in between, I’ve used some of those analytical skills that I’ve learned from my engineering career. MADE: For those entrepreneurs who read our magazine, what advice can you give for managing a team and being able to work with several different types of people to execute one goal? My drive always allowed me to go after anything, and it always forced me to give 110%.” MADE: While pursuing your college degree and having a passion for producing, how did you use the skillset of electrical engineering to transition into film? WP: It’s really different, but it prepared me in a strange way. I majored in engineering because I was really adept at math and science and I got a full ride scholarship to FAMU to study engineering. And that’s what I did, I took advantage of that opportunity to have my college career covered. But I knew that wasn’t my passion and I found my passion along the way when I made my first movie Chocolate City. The interesting thing about it is that even when I made that first independent WP: I would tell them that leadership is extremely important and there are several qualities that you must have if you’re going to be a successful leader. One is definitely people management. You have to be able to have a diverse team with a variety of perspectives, personalities, people with different backgrounds, different views of the world, and different energy. Everybody’s not gonna be the same, everybody’s not gonna be you and everybody might not get along. And that’s okay because you don’t always necessarily need that for your team to be efficient. As a leader, you have to put the efficiency of the team above everything else. You want to be able to manage conflicts. Conflict resolution is another very important skill - it’s going to happen. You’re going to have issues internally and externally with your team. The way that you manage those conflicts will make all the difference in terms of the levels of success that you are able to attain. Also, you have to make sure that you are hands-on, dealing with people in a way that makes them feel good to be a part of your team. Do not micro-manage because you have to put smart, qualified people in positions and let them do what they do. MADE: So how do you get your vision across while ensuring your team stays in line with what they are supposed to deliver? WP: Yeah, it sucks sometimes because you have visions and they might not have one. One great skill of a leader (and something I try to practice on a daily basis) is getting others to see that - especially in the film industry, but this is applicable across multiple | 31