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Apoorv Arora’s Dogged Journey to Global Limelight as a Film Producer

To dream is to wish, and to work towards the dream is to make it happen. Apoorv Arora is one of the few people who had their dreams clearly mapped out as kids. He fantasized about those dreams, and years later, he is living out his dreams with a burgeoning capacity to take all the extras that the dream might bring. While dealing with all the challenges that have come with building a career in the cutthroat Hollywood scene, Apoorv Arora has stayed defiant about achieving his dreams and has established Apoorv Arora Films, a production company specializing in producing films.

For a career that started from acting in front of a mirror, Apoorv Arora has come a long way and today, being at the helm of a rising production company is only the beginning of the journey for him. “When I look back, I remember how curious and highly intellectual I was as a kid. For me, life was always on a sizably voluminous canvas, and to achieve the goal that makes me different from the crowd. I have always believed in living my dreams. Given the confluence of my personal and professional fascinations, I aim to magnify it in the world of filmmaking. I optate Apoorv Arora Films to be the A-List Production House in the Industry,” he says.

Apoorv Arora Films is a film production powerhouse that has maintained a high level of consistency over the years, thanks to Apoorv’s doggedness and work ethic. As a fully-fledged film production company, it offers services like movie production, cinematography, editing, graphics design, marketing support, logistics support, amongst others. Apoorv is running his company with a target audience in mind, which is made up of everyone who watches movies. He does not care about factors like age, race, and sex, etc. “My target audience is anyone who watches the content I produce or the ones that I am working with. I am into a Global business venture aiming for a global audience, and I want everyone to see my work,” he says.

Popularly called “The Problem Solver and Negotiator” by his colleagues and staff, Apoorv Arora pays close attention to the day-to-day running of his company. He oversees the entire production process to the hiring of stars and crew. For every production, he always aims to ensure that filming is done creatively, safely, timely, and in adherence to the budget. Apoorv Arora Films has also racked up a few achievements since its inception, and it has a team of on-hand producers, directors, and cinematographers who work with Apoorv himself.

Some of the projects that Apoorv has worked on include music videos, TV commercials, documentaries, fashion films, and short films. More specifically, he has produced more than 40 music videos with a cumulative 400 million views and counting on YouTube. The producer also has produced commercials and promo videos for Disney’s Frozen 2, starring Priyanka Chopra, a global actress working both in Hollywood and Bollywood. Star and Co-Producer of the Netflix Film, The White Tiger, Priyanka also with her husband Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscar Nominations, with The White Tiger, being nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay.

All in all, popular movie and music stars like Priyanka Chopra, Austin Mahone, Bohemia, Diljit Dosanjh, Tarah Who, J.Breckenridge etc., have all worked with Apoorv Arora and his team. Apoorv remains laser-focused on giving his clients the best as he makes his way to the top.

Learn more about Apoorv Arora by visiting his website or follow him on Instagram.

Photographer: Shubham Gosalia

Rising Actor Akeem Mair Shares How He Overcame Challenges to Jumpstart His Acting Career

Up-and-coming actor Akeem Mair is a star in the making. The 32-year-old actor, despite the many challenges, managed to find himself again and pursue his call to be in the entertainment industry. He has appeared in several notable projects, including Black Caesar Pirate King, It’s on You, 417: Person with a Gun, Life of a Villain, Red, Fine Line, Jolly Boy Friday, and See Me, among others. We managed to sit down with the actor for an exclusive interview.

Question: Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Akeem Mair: Acting was not my first love. I wanted to be a financial banker because of Michael Douglas after watching his movie The Game. But a woman changed my perspective while I was working at Ralph’s Grocery Store. I greeted her with my usual cheery self, and she ended up asking me if I was an actor. When I asked why she asked that question, she simply replied, “Because you have this big positive energy. You move people by it. You lifted my spirits after I just lost my home in a foreclosure.” Her words hit me hard. I went home and wondered what my life would look like if I was a successful actor.

Question: Can you tell us a story about the hard times you faced when you started your journey?

Akeem Mair: It was after I got my SAG vouchers through Central Casting and Extras Management. I was lost on my next step in my career. I knew I needed an agent, but I didn’t know how to go about getting one. I submitted countless times, and they all rejected me. It took a five-year hiatus and a big depression in my life to fully understand that I can’t make it in this business alone. So I gave up my pride and started to seek classes and truly open up my heart and listen to my coaches. Because I changed my mindset, my career started to take a different path.

Question: What do you think makes you stand out?

Akeem Mair: Perseverance is what makes me stand out. And then it’s the work ethic that separates me from the competition. I live with the attitude that nobody is going to outwork me. I’m willing to go all out in my finances and my energy to get things done. I’m willing to sacrifice time with friends and family to put more dedication into my craft.

Question: Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not burn out?

Akeem Mair: Pace yourself. This business is not an overnight success story. It’s a long and tough path you signed up for, and your love for the craft should be higher than any monetary gains you wish to receive. It’s usually the ones who think about how much they’re going to get paid who burn out the fastest based on my own personal experience.

Question: None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person to whom you are grateful?

Akeem Mair: It all started with my first ever mentor/coach, Mike Pointer, from Hey, I Saw Your Commercial! We go further back, but my comeback into my career started in June 2019. I hit my rock bottom and told him, “I’m not sure what’s next in my life.” He just said, “I don’t care what happened in your past, just show up when class starts and let me guide you.”

Question: How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Akeem Mair: By inspiring people who see me go after their dreams. You don’t know how many countless people have told me don’t stop, don’t quit. I watch you and love the growth that’s happening in your life, and it’s giving me life too. I had no idea the impact my actions have around and how far they go to reach people.

Connect with Akeem Mair on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Backstage, Casting Frontier, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Check out his resume and talent profile to see his credentials. 

9/11 Hero and Filmmaker Paul Eliacin Hopes to Tell His Tale to a tv network.

It has been almost two decades since the terror of the 9/11 attacks. But as much as every commemoration should remember all the lives lost and the long-lasting impact of this tragedy, it is also important to continue honoring that historical day’s heroes: the first responders. Along with other New Yorkers — such as the film industry members who helped in Ground Zero by donating generator lights, grip stands, cables, etc. — known for coming together in times of need, these valiant first responders saved thousands of lives at the expense of their own safety. 

Haitian American independent film director Paul E. Eliacin is one of the individuals who demonstrated exceptional bravery during the September 11 catastrophe. He received several letters of commendations from the nation’s top politicians, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer, for the outstanding heroism he showcased in rescuing others. 

Paul now serves as the creative mastermind of Up in Harlem, LLC, a motion pictures and film company established to push his soon-to-be-released urban action film, Up in Harlem, into the spotlight. Featuring Ice-T, Up in Harlem revolves around a family struggling to survive the ghetto. 

As a company, Up in Harlem, LLC, is entirely independently owned. Located in the newly diversified community of Harlem, its goal is to be a beacon for aspiring young filmmakers with dreams of documenting cultural trends that impact people from around the world. With Paul at the helm, it is immensely feasible for the company to achieve its objectives and make a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Paul has a long list of accomplishments to take pride in and capitalize on as he leads Up in Harlem to the top of the industry. Having learned filmmaking by watching powerhouse directors throughout their careers, he worked on various movies, TV shows, and commercials. His impressive career includes working on movies such as Boomerang, One Fine Day, Conspiracy Theory, Men in Black, and First Wives Club. In addition, he was also involved with New York Under Cover, Sopranos, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Law and Order: SVU, to which he has been assigned for the past 20 years. 

Moreover, Paul was a field producer for The Week in Review, a highly rated political talk show that aired on WRKS-FM in New York City with Bob Slade, Bob Pickett, Peter Noel, James Mtume, and Charles “The Cut Man” Etheridge. 

In the years to come, this film enthusiast hopes to continue making good movies like Up in Harlem. He also plans to write books about his life experiences and convey a powerful message about second chances and learning from past. Paul say always put God first.

More importantly, with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy fast approaching, Paul is looking into finding a network TV partner that will help him in telling his experiences at Ground Zero. Like other first responders, Paul has lived with the long-term health consequences of the terror attacks. He is currently suffering from a life-threatening respiratory disease that has claimed the lives of hundreds of his fellow responders. 

Ill-fated as it is, Paul knows that his number is coming up. So it is vital for him to allow viewers a look into what happened back on September 11, 2001, and how God has graced his life, serving as the primary force behind his survival. With over five hours of raw, never-before-seen footage and over three hundred unpublished photos, as well as interviews inside Ground Zero, Paul is ready to have his tale told. 

Learn more about Paul Eliacin by visiting his website, IMDb page, and YouTube channel. To get in contact with him, send him an email at