Spotlight: Ntana Key, Digital Colorist for Film & Tv

Every so often the Oracle selects entertainment professionals with established Hollywood careers to interview about their work, opinions and what advice they have for those wanting to make it in Hollywood. This week’s session is with Ntana Key, Digital Colorist for Film & Tv.

So Lets Get Started…

1. Where are you originally from?

Ntana Key Digital ColoristColorado Springs Colorado USA

2. What was your first job after moving to the Hollywood area? Was it in the entertainment industry, or did you start out doing something else to make ends meet?

My first job was a Client Services position at a premiere post house called 525 studios. They specialized in Commercials and Music Videos and had tons of top notch clientele. Even though the job itself wasn’t the most glamorous or high paying, It was a great place to start my career. I absorbed any and everything that people would teach me. If it was about Visual Effects – I took notes. If it was about Production – I took notes. If it was about how to make a Latte or the quickest route to work or how to change a baby’s diaper – I TOOK NOTES!!

3. What is your current job title, and how long have you held the position?

I am currently a Digital Colorist and have been since 2003.

4. What influenced you the most to choose this as a profession?

For me it was the fact that i could work with a lot of interesting industry people while having artistic expressions that most people could appreciate. My mom, for example, didn’t have a clue about post-production when I first moved to LA. Now, not only does she recognize the different types of work there is in the industry, but has a valid opinion (well at least she thinks so) about literally everything related to visual effects or color correction in movies, music videos and commercials.

5. What platform do you work with most often? Any pro or cons you can think of while working with this system for Color Correction and Timing?

I am currently working with the Autodesk Lustre color grading system. I also keep up with anything that may be “the next big platform”. They all have they’re positives and negatives, so I try not to commit to just one box. It is the painter that makes the beautiful images not the paint brush or gizmos and gadgets he/she may have.

6. Did you complete degrees in specific higher education, technical training or acting programs to prepare for a career in entertainment? What were they?

I took all sorts of visual effects and editing classes, etc… when I moved to LA. To this very day I am taking all sorts of classes to keep my craft as sharp as possible. I also took some acting courses in college while majoring in Political science….although I have to admit the acting courses were taken because of the pretty girls.

7. What advice would you give in regards to this type of preparation for someone planning to come to Hollywood to pursue their dream? How would this preparation help them?

My advice is to LOVE what you are pursuing. For example: If you want to be an Actor, Director, Editor, etc… Don’t do it because you think it would be fun or because people tell you that you have that “look”. If you don’t love what you do, it shows. If you don’t have passion for your craft, it shows.

8. In your opinion, where is the best area for someone new to Los Angeles to look for a place to live?

I think the best place to live for a new LA person may just depend on where ever gives you the best chance to meet people in your specific industry of choice. If you have to go to auditions it is probably best to be close to those places. If you work 12 hour days in post you probably don’t want to drive an hour or so back to the Valley or wherever. I am not sure. Los Angeles is so huge and has tons of different types of neighborhoods. You’ll have to drive no matter what it is you want to do. So in the end, just choose a place that makes you comfy. ___________________________________________________________
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9. What would be your Ultimate Hollywood Insider Tip for someone fresh off the bus?

My Top Hollywood INSIDER tip is: Be “like-able”

10. Any regrets? Now that you have been here and working for a while, would you have done anything differently?

I do not have any regrets. I have been fortunate enough to have good opportunities and great friends on my way in Hollywood. I would not have it any other way.

11. Do you have an interesting or funny story to tell about your experiences, job or working in Hollywood you would like to share?

LOL! Sooo many!

Ntana Key Digital Colorist

Ntana Key, Digital Colorist

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We’ll that concludes another great session of The Hollywood Oracle’s Job Spotlight segment. Thanks to our special guest, Ntana Key for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his Hollywood Story with all of us. Please check out his IMDB page for his extensive list of Hollywood Credits and make sure to watch his amazing Demo Reel, you just may learn something. And always be on the lookout @ for more amazing insider interviews from people who followed their dreams and succeeded. You too can make it happen, if you really want it!

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