Pauline Mark

Pauline Mark is an Actress, Producer and Writer. Soon (we believe) to be a household name in Trinidad and Tobago. You may have seen her performance in the locally filmed "Home Again" where she appeared alongside both locally and internationally recognised actors. If you didn't, you'll have a chance to see her plethora of skills in The Apartment, coming soon to a movie theatre and television set near you. For now, here is Pauline in 20 shades.

I think rejection and disappointment is success in disguise ... I am relentless and I don’t believe in quitting.

1. How do you define creativity and what does it mean to you?

Creativity is the expression of one's soul and true self. The visual, tactile and audible representation of our deepest feelings, emotions and beliefs, fears, desires, dreams and aspirations that can only be expressed and conveyed through an artistic medium or product.

2. How much of your creative ability do you think is innate? Or is your creativity a skill that you have developed?

I would say it is 75% innate and 25% acquired.

I was my biggest cheerleader

3. When did you realize that you wanted to express your creativity? Was it encouraged by others (e.g., parents)?

From the age of three; I wanted to be a ballerina, sketch artist, actress, fashion designer. I was my biggest cheerleader so I needed no encouragement, but I was heavily influenced by my family's creative environment. My uncle Kenroy Wilkinson is a wire bender and owns a mas camp that I often played in with my cousins and my maternal grandfather made African drums with his bare hands. My mother was also a seamstress, so there was always a lot of creativity around me.

4. What is your standard for evaluating your own creative work and the works of other people? Do you think that monetary rewards can be compatible with creativity in general? Are monetary rewards relevant to your own work? 

I'm a perfectionist so my standards for evaluating my work may not be advisable. However, I always look to the prime examples of the time. I think monetary reward can assist creativity. At the end of the day creatives should be rewarded for their work and abilities; both financially and otherwise.

5. Do you think your own perception and evaluation of your creative endeavors are influenced by the views of other people? What role do you think the culture that you live in plays in your creative efforts?

I rely on my own opinions in terms of my creative endeavours as well as mentors who have my best interest at hand. But it is important to have an understanding, appreciation of and regard for the culture I live in because it feeds me as an artist. Part of my creative signature is being "Trini". It is is one of the many facets that make up who I am, so of course it plays a part in my creative efforts.

6. What do you do when you experience a creative block? 

Listen to music I love... works every time!

7. How do you make the leap from a "Spark" in your head to the action you produce?

I walk around my room for three hours to give it form then start writing things down.

I’m a perfectionist so my standards for evaluating my work may not be advisable.

8. Do you have any special rituals that you do in order to achieve your creative goals?

Listen to music at insane volumes, exercise, dance, then proceed with the creative goal. Or if that fails look at "Phone Booth", "The Dark Knight" or Jeremy Irons' monologue from 'The Time Machine".

9. Has your creativity changed stylistically as you have matured? If it has changed, please explain how? 

As I get older my creativity has lessened a bit. Day to day life can make you put your creative ideas on hold for inordinate amounts of time.

10. What has been the greatest sacrifice that you have made for your craft?

Financial stability.

11. Who or what has helped you to persevere and not quit?

My sisters because they are so supportive and have sacrificed for me to pursue my artistic endeavours.

12. Do you believe that it is important to be accepted by others as being creative or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work? Explain.

The ability to do what I love is fulfilling enough for me.

I’ve never doubted my talent but at times I feel frustrated by it.

13. Has rejection ever affected your creative process? Explain.

No; it fuels it. This happens unconsciously. I also don't believe in failure; I think rejection and disappointment is success in disguise because I am relentless and I don't believe in quitting.

14. Looking at what you have created in the past, would you change anything today? Why or why not?

There are some films I wish I did not perform in but I suppose it was part of the journey.

15. Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?

I've never doubted my talent but at times I feel frustrated by it.

16. What piece of work are you most proud of? Why?

A feature-length screenplay I wrote titled "Natalia". I'm proud of it because it is not the typical type of material I write and showed me sides of myself I did not know existed.

17. Have you helped or mentored anyone else? Is there someone that you see (name drop) that you would like to Mentor?

I have not mentored anyone and I am not ready to be a mentor as yet. I leave that responsibility to more capable persons; elders in the field.

18. To a young Creative emerging in your field, what advice would you impart unto them?

Know thyself...speak the truth and be yourself.

19. What would you most like to be remembered for?

I've never thought of that and I don't have an answer.

20. If you were a crayon, what would be the name of your colour? 

P3 Purple

You can find Pauline online on Facebook and make sure to get your tickets to see The Apartment opening 2 September 2015 at Movie Towne Port of Spain and Chaguanas. 

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