As founder and MD of LEVILE, a leading casting agency for diverse talent and audiences, Ola Christian has been casting director on dozens of UK-produced music videos in the past few years, …
The Questionnaire: Chloe Page
Our latest Q&A is with Chloe Page, the London-based independent director's rep who launched her agency Lock It In last September. She reps directors at Bullion Productions, The Sweet Shop, Th2ng, Good Company and a few more (including Luke Bellis, Rupert Jones and Gareth Phillips) for good measure. A Londoner born-and-bred - she grew up in Barnet, now lives in Chalk Farm - Chloe took a few moments out from her busy schedule to submit to the big Promo Questionnaire...
Education: University of Leeds, studied Sociology
Previous occupations: Promotions assistant at UMTV; product manager/marketing manager at film studios – Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Studio Canal; assistant rep at Y-I London; rep/EP at Nice & Polite
Favourite music video of the past 12 months? Can I have two? DJ Snake & Lil Jon's Turn Down For What by Daniels, and Queen of Stone Age's Smooth Sailing by Hiro Murai
Favourite video of all time? Michael Jackson – Thriller
Favourite publications/websites: Vevo
Favourite food/restaurant: Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill, Pizza East anywhere, Sushi Samba in Liverpool St
Favourite drink/drug: Vodka and tonic
Last movie you saw (and was it any good)? Wolf of Wall Street – surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it from beginning to end!
Favourite directors: My favourites, aside from who I represent, are Nabil, Daniels, Wendy Morgan and Ben Strebel
Last gig you went to (and was it any good)? Hozier, yes ace – he’s got such a haunting voice
Favourite bands/artists: So varied... Sam Smith, John Newman, Future Islands, Kwabs, Miles Kane, Bastille
Currently reading/favourite book: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
What was the first music video you worked on - and what were you doing on that job? Jamiroquai – I was runner on set in the desert playing in JKs helicopter and cars – and working hard, of course...
Favourite job of the past 12 months? Joel Compass and The Kooks
What’s the next Big Thing you’re working on? Shhhhh... Coldplay and Mika
What would most improve your life? Duplicating ten of me
Best moment, or fondest memory, of your career thus far? Realisation of the large quantity of music videos that been shot in the first six months since starting up my business! And seeing my young directors flourish.
Worst moment? Having to deliver bad news to nice people
Biggest frustration? Let's not go there
Person you most admire? My dad
Your favourite (or most overused) phrase? AMAZING
What advice would you give to someone starting out in music video production? Network. And don’t expect to get paid anything to begin with! Be hungry to succeed, and don’t get disheartened however tough it gets.
Any hot tips for future stars in music video, directors or otherwise? There are lots of hot directors to watch – particularly on my roster. Without naming names some have already proved themselves as unique visionaries that are pushing the boundaries, there are others there that are soon to shine too!
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