Marlyssa Marie Binns (Marly), from Rancho Cucamonga, CA is a Screen Writer, Actress and Visionary. Born in Long Beach, CA she was relocated to the Inland Empire by her Father at an early age. Since 2014 adversity has been the breeding grounds of her creativity. An athlete at heart Marly has run track and field since the age of 10 and enjoys a challenge. With a very strong drive of accomplishing goals set before her she has taken on the monster of launching a production company ‘FavHer (pronounced Fav-or) Productions’.
Entertainment flowed around her as she grew up with singers, song writers for family, creativity and art surrounded her. The best stories are the ones which show the rising of an ‘underdog’, Marly’s desire is to be an advocate of the ‘underdog’ in the entertainment industry is a rare sentiment. “Turning adversity into fuel” will be the stamp of her signature.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Marlyssa Marie Binns
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Marly: I have ‘BRIDGES’ a short film that our current project. I recently finished working on ‘Reverse Split’ with Caesar a business partner. We start shooting for ‘Reverse Split’ the end of this month. We also have a couple short films that we are preparing to get the team in on and get it out of our imagination into manifestation.
NY Elite: What is the new film about?
Marly: ‘BRIDGES’ follows a life of a young lady and her struggle through adversity. In the midst of struggling with an inner desire for more in life, it becomes clear that the relationships around her begin to have seemingly lives of their own.
Being torn down by loved ones, crossed by lovers, separated from family and betrayed by blood; Lalani one of the main characters fails realize the relationships around her are affecting her life. A hidden secret taps at the surface of her problems and she begins to face an identity crisis. Does she choose to search for the truth or does she continue to go around this merry go round?
(‘BRIDGES” follows the lives and connections we as humans have daily with family, friends, customers, clients, associates, etc.)
NY Elite: What is different about being the originator, writer, and producer on this project?
Marly: What is different is that I know that I need a team. I will do what needs to be done always have, however in this industry and in this arena for lack of a better phrase you need colorful minds. People who are still in tune with their inner child, the child who believed they could do and be anything. Those are the minds I know I need.
NY Elite: Who are the film’s stars and which actors stood out?
Marly: The cast all compliments each other, we have actors and actresses who have or have had careers as professional dancers, theater, singers, and athletes. I would be out of line to give credit to one actor or actress. Without any of them this would not have worked.
NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?
Marly: What makes a film great for me is getting lost in the scene. There is no better feeling of getting away in someone’s mind and enjoying the ride. If I can become so totally submerged in a film that I tune out of all other senses congrats! That is what makes a great film to me.
I believe true emotions as a foundation of any film makes the quality of a film great! Emotion is a powerful thing and when one taps correctly into that area of imagination and emotion… you will have fireworks.
NY Elite: What have you learned since creating your first script?
Marly: I have learned that a script can literally have a life of its own. A script can take on a force if you will of life and the angle can and will change constantly as it evolves. Like energy being transferred, once the words are on paper and you have created personalities, situations, scenarios, even added flaws I would think it strange if a script didn’t take so many twists and turns. A script must be full of life.
NY Elite: Have you thought about acting in your own movies or in general?
Marly: I will be acting in the films I have written on; after all it was the acting that was the breeding ground that of the desire to produce films. I have been in theater and the drama department for over 10 years collectively.
NYE Elite: Who were the biggest inspirations for your career?
Marly: Who inspired me? I wouldn’t say that I have had specific inspirations as to my desire/dreams. I would say that I have been encouraged greatly by stories like Keanu Reeves, Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson and their overcoming situations filled with adversity.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Marly: I enjoy the ability to do what I love. I mean I never get tired of it; I literally have to make myself stop and take a break. I love the ability to express the creativity that naturally flows out of me. My mind is some kind of monster. Lol
NY Elite: Do you express creatively in any other ways?
Marly: Screenwriting, Acting, creating the vision I see in my mind’s eye those are the most exciting way to express my creativity.
NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in screenwriting/filmmaking?
Marly: You do not need to have a degree in film making to create. Create, go for it and don’t look back. Do some research, gets some books and get the digging, you will strike Gold eventually.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Marly: Yes, I am getting the initials ideas all out of my head. When we wrap ‘Reverse Split’ I will get with my associate and we are going to create which makes me very excited to create something out of an idea.
NY Elite: What has been your personal key to success?
Marly: Faith! I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the Lord for giving me the gift of Faith. I do not allow the things I see, smell, feel, taste, touch, or hear to deter me from the vision. I use my Faith speak things into existence and stand on the truth.