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Merve Tekin


Video Producer & Founder of 7 Hills Productions

www.7hillsproductions.com

https://mervetekin.net


Tell us about your career and how it all started?

My career started in 2000 when I was 17. I started working in a TV channel in Turkey. I directed tv shows, reality shows, game shows and many other things. After directing 600 episodes of a reality show which is sold to 22 countries, I moved to LA. It was actually a break for me to learn something different. As I was studying in UCLA Extension, I bought a camera and start filming small gigs. And today I have a video production company. I wasn’t planning to stay here but the life had other plans for me.


What does sisterhood mean to you?

As a person who grew up around men and worked with a lot of them, I understand better how important it is to have women in my life. I don’t have any sisters so when I have very close friends. When I discovered real sisterhood, something magical happened. I was introduced to the woman inside me that was hiding behind my persona. It was the first time , I was able to talk about how I feel without feeling afraid of being judged.


What's your personal mantra?

Don’t worry it is just a hormone, you’ll be fine tomorrow.


What is your superpower?

I love what I do.


What would be your advice for women who are building careers in your industry?

There is one thing that really makes me upset is that women use the idea of “being a woman”. I don’t see any reason to highlight my business as “women owned business”. Or I don’t like people hire me because I’m a woman. There are exceptions for sure, I can totally understand if there is a reason behind it, just like FindSisterhood. It is a community for women, so, it totally made sense for them to choose a female videographer. But I had a client who has a painting company told me one day that he wanted to hire me because I’m a woman. Being a woman is not a disability, so, I want people to hire me because I do my

work right. So I think first, we should stop discriminating ourselves.


One piece of advice for your 18 year old self?

Dear 18 year old me, nothing you worried about actually happened. So don’t worry :)


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