Xin Li’s Autobiography
I am from Inner Mongolia, China. It has many different ethnic groups and cultures. Many people are good at art because after they are born, singing and dancing are part of their basic lifestyle. This great artistic atmosphere definitely had an influence on me when I was young. I worked in The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Inner Mongolia, China as a violin and viola player for 4 years. My favorite thing though is watching TV series. Watching these always makes me forget all my annoyances. It is my favorite pastime.
Prior to 2016, I watched mostly Korean TV series on the internet. I even learned many of the dialogues by heart in Korean. I felt dramas weren’t as good as I wished, so I decided to start towards a career as a TV series maker. For that I needed to go to the US, which is the best place for training and working in motion pictures and television.
During my undergraduate studies in China, I researched global motion pictures and television markets and compared different countries markets. I also gained more knowledge about target audiences and how to use music in this medium. It has been very helpful to know about how to hook different target audiences and how to choose music for movies.
During my studies at the Academy of Art University, I truly have gained many valuable filmmaking experiences. I have done jobs as a producer’s assistant, line producer, producer, production designer, director, editor, and second director’s assistant. These different types of knowledge will help my future work as a film producer. I’ve participated in different kinds of students’ short films, for instance, drama, romantic comedy, thriller and other genres.
In the future, I hope to run my own production company. I want to make films about women, which Hollywood movies are focusing very little on. So I want to make productions that consider female audiences. I hope women’s inner most feelings can be expressed vividly and sensitively. I know there are many real stories about normal but great women in the world. How do their psychologies change when they face challenges their tough lives. Through my films, I want to encourage women to be more confident and more independent.