At 31, Bola Ogun has played many roles in Hollywood. The former UNT musical theatre major has been a production assistant for major films, including The Dark Knight Rises, and the TV show True Blood.
She's directed, written and produced short films such as The Water Phoenix and Are We Good Parents?, which won her the AT&T Shape Emerging Filmmaker and Best Short Award. She also took part in Rebel Without a Crew, a g90 and El Rey Network TV series from director Robert Rodriguez, in which five filmmakers made a movie in two weeks on a tight budget.
"The idea of making a feature for $7,000 was incredibly daunting, but it was an amazing learning experience and an opportunity to be mentored by Robert Rodriguez," she says. "When I got the news they picked me, I was excited to see where this unexpected adventure was going to take me."