Maxine Grossman is an upcoming writer, producer and actress. She has written three pilots for original series, multiple comedy sketches, a spec episode for The Mindy Project and produced many short films. Maxine even had a part in Oscar winner Shape of Water. We also share a love for cannoli. Maxine is hardworking and has an amazing personality.
Check out my Q&A with her below:
What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to work on something feminist, and socially and historically significant. I don't have anything off the top of my head that I would want to work on that's been made because, that's the exciting part! I'd love to make it.
What do you think is the key to telling a good story in today’s day and age?
The key to telling a good story in this day and age is authenticity and openness. Audience members are demanding more real and accurate representations of characters on television. They want to see themselves on screen, and the only way to show that is to have the characters be as real and authentic as they are. The next, is openness. Audiences connect with characters that are honest and open with their feelings and stories. Of course, we still need the conflict and character arcs, so they can't be too self aware, but they do need to be emotional and have passions and be open in their stories about those things. It creates true empathy with the audience when they can identify with what the character is feeling.
How do you define success?
I define success through my ability to challenge someone's perceptions. My goal in life is to be a voice for those who would otherwise not be heard. I want to challenge the world to think differently and realize that their bubbles are not the be all, end all. Education is key. So for me, success is the ability to connect with others, educate them, and help show them another way of perceiving the world.