The Vancouver Observer gets Heganized
KH: Directing my own HBO series and/or feature films on location in Vancouver with a local crew and Hollywood money.
WD: What do you think the industry in Canada will be like in five years?
KH: Same as now: five years from now, the film industry will be incredibly competitive. Hard working people with the right combination of hustle, perseverance, contacts, and the best ideas will win. Also, I can’t wait until everything is in 3-D, especially softcore Swedish porn.
WD: Do you have any advice for up and coming people in your field?
1) Show up every day.
2) Don’t reveal your work to the public until it’s so good it’s undeniable.
3) Here’s a revolutionary idea: Don’t be a dick.
4) Respectful perseverance. I sent my articles to The Georgia Straight every month for a year and a half before they finally called me back. Then my first assignment for them, a cover story about mascot abuse, won the National Magazine Award for Best Humour Article. I then re-wrote that article and got it published in Rolling Stone, which directly lead to me getting hired to co-write the epic Opening Essay for CTV’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic Games that was seen by a record 13.3 million viewers.
But if I gave up on the Straight after they ignored my first few article submissions, it never would have happened.
5) Funny is money.
Hegan never slows down for a moment. His energy and determination are inspiring. Word has it he's headed to the Banff World Television Festival this year. Look out Alberta, you're about to be Heganized (that's a good thing).