BTS with Regina Hoyles: Filmmaking & Improving Your Mental Health

"Mental health is very very real. I noticed I started to experience anxiety more often as I got really heavy into the production process of NAPS."

From producing her own web series to landing a role in an Amazon Series, Regina Hoyles, is the epitome of Black Girl Magic. Below she shares more about producing an award worthy web series and an award winning mechanism for coping with the anxiety that decided to ever so rudely come along for the ride.

"My name is Regina Hoyles, I am 22, @reginahoyles on all social media and I am an actor/writer/producer and Founder (CEO) of RLH Productions. Some of my biggest accomplishments so far: Most recently, graduating and getting my BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, releasing my independently produced web series NAPS, and landing a role in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

"One of my biggest Blemishes: Anxiety. Mental health is very very real. I noticed I started to experience anxiety more often as I got really heavy into the production process of NAPS. My FAITH is truly what keeps me grounded. My faith has grown tremendously in the past couple of years and especially the past few months almost out of necessity it seems. God has gotten me through a lot of trials, self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy and honestly just impatience. His strength is made perfect in my weakness."

"Always always beginning my day with meditation and prayer will change my outlook on things. Now I try to welcome closed doors just as much as I welcome open doors. Perspective is EVERYTHING and trusting that what's for you will always be for YOU. I also find it very important to surround myself with not just good friends but God friends."

"My web series actually just got invited to screen at two upcoming festivals (Chicago South Side Film Festival and the ITVFest)! I'm also developing a couple of scripts that I would love to see produced in the next couple of years. Outside of my own projects, I'm working on thinking of ways to expand RLH Productions so that is inclusive of more people/projects so I'm excited to meet with people (new and old) to get some collaborations going."

"A word of advice for anyone trying to follow their dreams: protect your dreams. You don't owe anyone an explanation as to why you move the way you move. As long as you are moving FOWARD and not engaging in harmful thinking or behavior, you good." 

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