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Deeds Magazine: Korty, can you share a bit about your journey as a filmmaker and content creator, especially navigating the spaces in Nigeria?

Korty: My journey as a filmmaker and content creator hasn't been the smoothest, but I've also had some favors along the way. Like everyone else, I'm figuring things out as I go. I started by filming on Snapchat, then moved to Instagram and YouTube. Even with just two viewers initially, they liked it, and that kept me going. I've always been someone who plans meticulously, with Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. If one thing doesn't work, there's always another option. I don't get discouraged easily; I'm not the type to think my life is over if things don't work out. I found myself in this space, and I'm trying to make the best of it.

Photographed by Victor Edeh

Deeds Magazine: How did you first get involved in the world of content creation? And what motivates you to continue?

Korty: I've been making content since high school without realizing it, doing graphic design and making videos. Even during university, I continued making content. I always wanted to make films and have my TV network. While that's not a dream, it's more of an obligation to myself. My motivation is to achieve these goals before dreaming of retiring to a quiet, unknown place and living happily.

Deeds Magazine: Congratulations on the Victoria's Secret role. Can you describe how the experience has influenced your perspective on global fashion and beauty?

Korty: The Victoria's Secret film wasn't about expressing my opinion on global fashion and beauty. It focused on telling stories about unique women in the creative scene, who may be considered outcasts. The women designed distinct pieces for the Victoria's Secret show. It was a learning curve as my first documentary film and a draining yet rewarding experience. The fashion and luxury industry is deeper than I realized, and the film aimed to spotlight women breaking societal standards.

Deeds Magazine: Still on the Victoria's Secret coverage, what key moments from the event stood out to you and how do you believe it contributes to changing perceptions in the industry?

Korty: The Victoria's Secret fashion show was a groundbreaking experience. It revolutionized the fashion industry, making fashion shows more serious. After a hiatus, this event marked a comeback. Being in the same space as iconic figures like Priyanka Chopra and Doja Cat was humbling. It was a rush of emotions – scary, fast, and large. The highlight for me was interacting with these great people who commended my work. The event was a learning curve and a fantastic opportunity to be part of a globally acclaimed film.

Deeds Magazine: How do you incorporate your Nigerian heritage into your content, and why is it essential for you to showcase it globally?

Korty: I don't intentionally incorporate my Nigerian heritage; it's just a part of me. There's nothing else to show but my heritage. Nigerians have a unique energy and passion, and I believe it's essential to showcase this globally. There's so much talent and drive in Nigeria, and by displaying it on a global stage, we can break stereotypes and demonstrate our capabilities. It's about owning our narrative and not letting others define it for us.

Deeds Magazine: In what ways has being a Nigerian filmmaker shaped your approach to storytelling?

Korty: Working on a Victoria's Secret project boosted my confidence and made me realize my processes align with professionals. I used to freestyle without formal training, but storytelling is crucial in filmmaking. In Nigeria, storytelling is somewhat overlooked due to content saturation. I believe everything in life is a story, and having a solid foundation in storytelling is vital for effective filmmaking.

Deeds Magazine: Can you elaborate on the importance of storytelling in various aspects of life?

Korty: Storytelling is the foundation of life, from religious texts to personal life stories. It extends to brands, music, and communication. Artists like J. Cole, Eminem, and Kanye West excel because they understand how to captivate an audience through storytelling. It's not just about making a movie; storytelling is woven into every aspect of life.

Photographed by Victor Edeh

Deeds Magazine: How has this understanding of storytelling influenced your filmmaking style?

Korty: The story is paramount, and a solid idea is crucial. My filmmaking style is character-driven, adapting to each individual's unique narrative. I don't follow a fixed formula; it's about bringing out the essence of each person's story.

Deeds Magazine: Who are some individuals you'd like to work with, and why?

Korty: I'd love to work with Kanye West, Zendaya, Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Messi, Genevieve Nnaji, and Travis Scott – people who understand the community and use their influence responsibly. Collaborating with those who have a strong, supportive fan base is essential.

Deeds Magazine: Tell us about the creative process behind Flow with Korty episodes.

Korty: Flow with Korty, focused on fashion and style, involves taking material from each episode for the next. My style varies based on mood, and confidence is key. Even with limited resources, I believe I can pull off anything.

Deeds Magazine: How has your style evolved throughout your career?

Korty: My style is diverse, and confidence remains crucial. Whether in dresses or basic attire, I've always managed to look fresh, even on a budget.

Deeds Magazine: Are there fashion trends or elements you feel connected to or inspired by?

Korty: I'm not into trending fashion; I can buy collections from 2014 if I like them. Trends don't move me, and I have Pinterest boards for ideas.

Deeds Magazine: How do you perceive the representation of African culture globally, especially in the context of Afrobeats as a YouTuber?

Korty: The representation of African culture, especially in Afrobeats, has been remarkable. This generation is redefining culture, and the confidence in our cultural expressions is attracting global attention. While we've made great strides, there's always room for improvement.

Deeds Magazine: What challenges have you faced in your journey, and how have you overcome them?

Korty: Challenges in my journey include misinterpretation, financial struggles, and avoiding being pigeonholed by others' opinions. Staying true to my sound and filtering advice has been crucial. Financial challenges persist, and I'm currently seeking to raise $10 million.

Deeds Magazine: Share a moment in your career that you consider a turning point or milestone.

Korty: Working on my first film with Victoria's Secret was exciting, even though it wasn't initially a goal. It served as practice for what was to come.

Deeds Magazine: What advice do you give to young content creators aiming for a global impact?

Korty: Stick to your goals and beliefs despite the noise in the industry. There's no one-size-fits-all formula for success. Find your unique path, no matter how challenging it may be.

Deeds Magazine: How do you stay authentic in a demanding and competitive industry?

Korty: Never lie to yourself. Authenticity is key. Many successful people had to discover their real selves before finding success. Being genuine attracts an audience that connects with your story.

Deeds Magazine: What are your aspirations for the future, both in terms of your brand and the impact you want to make in the industry?

Korty: In the future, I aim to have my TV network, make movies, and contribute to the globalization of the creative community in Nigeria. However, my ultimate goal is to achieve generational wealth and retreat to a secluded place where I can enjoy solitude.

Deeds Magazine: For closing thoughts, is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers of Deeds Magazine? Any message or insight?

Korty: I emphasize the importance of finding peace. I believe that peace is a powerful space that allows you to navigate troubles without letting them disrupt your inner peace.

Photographed by Victor Edeh

Deeds Magazine: How do you hope your story and this editorial inspire others on a similar journey of self-discovery and representation?

Korty: Success is the most significant form of inspiration. I hope my achievements and growth inspire others, showcasing that hard work and dedication can lead to realizing goals. The success of my team and the projects we work on is what I aim for.

Deeds Magazine: Lastly, could you tell us who Korty is and where the name stems from?

Korty: Korty is me, a filmmaker, and a bad guy, learning from God's throne. The name originated from me, it's a name I created, at the right time I will say what it means.