Brutally Honest Advice On Writing Your First Book – Kim O’Hara [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: Why would someone who loves movies and writing quit the film business? 

Kim O’Hara, Author/Book Coach/Speaker/Podcaster: It’s interesting, we get into an industry that seems so romantic to other people and people have said to me Oh my goodness, how could you have been working in movies and leave? Almost like we’re beholden to that and now we’re not allowed to go have a new career and even though there are many aspects of movies that I loved and continue to love, there were a lot of areas that were challenging like distribution for your movie, financing your movie and you’d spend years putting together a film, writing it, finding the team, finding the money, you put a labor of love into it and then nobody would buy it and nobody would see it. That to me just was a little bit too heartbreaking for longer than 20 years. 

Film Courage: You made a feature film at 19?

Kim: I made 11 films and I started at 21 and the first couple ones Calista Flockhart who ended up becoming Ally McBeal, she was in a film that we were sort of an associate producer on which is…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



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Kim O’Hara was born in Warren, Rhode Island, and produced her first motion picture at the age of 25. She was the screenwriter on American Reunion. She is very open about the fact that she thought she could make movies about troubled characters to heal audiences, but found frustration in limited distribution of her films. Her personal crisis and recovery from sexual abuse and addictions after the birth of her second child led her to discover book coaching, and she opened her company A Story Inside. She coaches women ready to speak their truth through writing their books. Writing is a challenge for many people, then add in recovery from the shame and denial of sexual abuse. Kim’s book makes healing through writing accessible to anyone with her signature writing prompts. No subject is untouched, from spirituality to sexuality, and she is candid about all the maneuvers she did to avoid facing this dark shadow in her life. 


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