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Meet Cati Glidewell of The Blonde in Front in Northside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cati Glidewell.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been the go-to girl for my friends regarding movies since I can remember. When was this made? Ask, Cati. Who was that one girl in that one film? Ask, Cati. What should I watch if I just broke up with my significant other, like pineapple and the ocean? Ask, Cati.

People would ask my opinions on films and I would tell them my honest thoughts of the film and also other films that are like it, what that individual may like and if they should wait or skip it entirely because of subject matter that may affect them in a negative way.

I was the human IMDB and Netflix of the early millennium, hahaha. My reviews normally bring up different films that people may relate to and combine them to make a ‘cinema cocktail’ if you will. I became involved with a film group that allows you to see films weeks and sometimes months before they are released. Sometimes people involved with the film are there and will answer questions from the audience.

I am always curious regarding details of different films and would always ask questions either during the audience participation or after. Different people had asked me to write about my thoughts on films, festivals, panels and conventions that I go to and I didn’t know what to call it and wanted it to be me. Then I thought of what the moderators would call me when I raised my hand and they chose my question, The Blonde in Front.

After that, I started writing and it has been a whirlwind ever since. I have written for 4 different sites, worked on 8 different films, did my first interview which was with an Oscar winner, had a starring role in a feature film and continue to promote everyone and everything working creatively in the business of art. I always want to try new things and encourage others to do the same and introducing them to experiences they may not have known about.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Once I started The Blonde in Front I’ve been extremely happy with the feedback that I have received regarding my video reviews, pictures, and posts. I have met some incredible people who were so immediately inclusive, giving and encouraging regarding pursuing my dream that it is humbling and I make sure to return that encouragement every chance I get.

The struggle I had was getting it started. Trepidation. My biggest obstacle was myself and being afraid of what could or couldn’t happen. I missed out on an event because I was reluctant to attend by myself and I regretted it immediately and swore I would never do that again. Another hurdle has been time and making sure I have enough time for myself and plan things accordingly.

I’m learning to make sure that I am enjoying myself while I am also capitalizing on the highlights of the event that I am going to. There are double screenings and cons or festivals on the same weekend and you have to choose. There is also the financial factor of going to different events. Would I like to go to every film festival and con out there while still being able to pay rent, eat and have a 401K? Sure! Can I? Not yet, but I am working on it.

The Blonde in Front – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Blonde in Front is me. I specialize in a minute or fewer video reviews that are informative, honest and funny. Going to the movies is a luxury, with the expense and time needed to do so. I let people know if you should make that trek, wait for it to hit cable or skip it all together and maybe watch one that fits the Hallmark holiday of the moment.

I also introduce many people to independent films that they may not have heard of otherwise. People can listen to my reviews and just pick a film they should see. I relate the film I am currently watching to other films people may know so they can gauge whether it is a good fit for them. I keep my video reviews short, sassy and sweet…. if it deserves it.

I also make sure to take plenty of pictures of the different festivals and events that I attend. What sets me apart from others are my Polaroids. It is a flash of nostalgia with an image of the present. I’m very proud of the interviews that I have done and had an open and honest repore with the people and the compliments they have given me regarding my questions.

Some people get asked the same 10 questions and they then give the same 10 answers and I don’t want to be like that. I made Gore Verbinski laugh during my very first interview and I was pretty happy with that considering how nervous I was.

I’m also proud that in such a short time people know my work and recognize who I am, want to know my opinion before they make their plans and that some of the events I attend can bring back happy memories of their childhood after seeing and reading my posts.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Seeing portions of my written reviews quoted by the filmmakers that I was reviewing on different social media sites and people quoting my video reviews to me when I see them or when they share them with others. I’m also very proud of my interview with Gore Verbinski.

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Nicki Defilippis

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1 Comment

  1. Niki

    April 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Go Cati!

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