Gillian Felix and Aaron Spelling
Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.
The Drama Queen
Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”. Gillian went on to write mini novels for her own benefit. Her favorite subject after drama was creative writing.
Gillian graduated from the Caribbean and UK version of college, then went on to pursue a “real job”, but felt a “calling” to the stage. She joined the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and in her debut role, she played Belle in the Caribbean play Belle Fanto, directed by the late great Davindra Dookie, an honorary graduate of the London Academy of Music and Arts. Gillian and the cast toured the country performing. The play, about a young girl trapped between two boys that loved her became a hit. Talk about drama!
When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater Group in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.
It’s a script. No it’s a novel. Is it a script or novel?
It was not until she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico that she took writing seriously and began making her work public. The first script she marketed was a romantic feature called You Sang To Me which she turned into a novel but was not released. Family Portrait came next. She queried it to several literary agents who turned her down. Tired of the rejection slips and no replies, she re-wrote it into a television pilot. That version got several responses and even came in the Top 10 of a script writing competition in the UK. After being optioned and ‘passed’, Gillian rewrote it yet again and turned it into what it is today.
Passing the time away
When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.
Follow Gillian here:
Luminous Productions – (Different productions from 2002-2003).
Spotlight-On Productions – (Different productions 6 months).
Fresh Fruit Festival – (Different productions).
Associate Producer /Teleprompter Operator
KOAT Action 7 News (ABC Affiliate in NM) – Live at 10 (newscast)
Anonymous Creators – Life Stylin’- (Reality TV pilot)
HalfLife Digital (Dec’08) – Tupac Web videos and television commercials
Marvrick Entertainment & Matte Films – Snitch in NY (DVD release)
Charles C. Production Group for Disney and Buena Vista Home Entertainment Sales and Marketing Convention. (2004 – 2009)
GO PRODUCTIONS for Ballys’ and Caesars’ Palace – Corporate Convention.
Casting & Assistant Director
Matte Films – Lost Money – (Film)
Matte Films – Deep Trouble – (Film)
History Channel – Battleground – (Television)
USA Network (Under 5 casting) – Strong Medicine – (Television)
TBN Network – Believers Among Us – (Television)
FX (Under 5 casting) – The Shield – (Television)
Off Center – Perfect Beat – (Video Short)
Slice of Life Productions – Stripped – (Off Broadway Production)
Global Network Pictures – (Off Broadway Production)
1 Degree Pictures – Who’s Your Monkey – (Film)
Cutters Editorial – Office Manager and Client Services (May ‘07 – October ‘08)
Contact: gillian at plaintalkbm dot com