Judith Orlowski, VP of development and acquisitions at Fine Living, thought long and hard about some things that most people didn’t know about her and shared three with realscreen:
1. I was going for a PhD in Humanities at NYU centering on the influence of Hong Kong Cinema on Hollywood Films. When I started it, back when the dinosaurs walked the earth, I was ahead of my time and nobody thought there was enough ‘meat’ in this topic for a dissertation. But I’m like, ‘ah, just because you don’t like this HK cinema and think only Zhang or Kurosawa are masters, doesn’t make it bad.’ (Yeah, how to ingratiate myself.) But I kept harping on it and showing more examples, and my likes and work intervened; time passed and then, as more and more Hollywood films came out with HK stars and/or full of Kung Fu in action films and signature camera work from the likes of John Woo (the bullet cam), my committee started to get on the bandwagon. But by then, I was over it. So now I have only a hat trick of master’s degrees instead…
2. I read an article as a teenager that Brian May from Queen was a physicist. I never really liked that subject but I grew up in a family that wouldn’t really dig that I wanted to work in TV and film so I knew I had to get a college degree ‘to fall back on.’ So then I read that Mick Jagger studied economics, and I thought, ‘well that could work.’ So there ya go, off to business school I went. Had the navy pinstripe suit and got my first job at Fidelity Brokerage Company. After spending college at NYU and absorbing that style – what, leather isn’t office wear? – I only lasted a year before getting a job at HBO back in NYC, and the rest is history…. Now my 401ks (what’s left of them – ha!) are managed by Fidelity!
3. I’m a head banger – METALLICA rules!