What's your name? How did you get started? Tell us everything!
My name is Marcus Foggle, I go by Stayc. I was born in Fort Worth, TX, raised mostly here in Atlanta. I grew up idolizing movies but just didn't know I had a passion for filmmaking until graduating high school. I was more focused on football and music before getting into film. Like I said I was doing music before I got into film. I had a group called #DrettiPosse and during the 2010-2011-time digital cameras were getting popular as forms of making music videos. We needed someone to shoot our videos and didn't want to continue to pay $100 a video so I purchased a Canon camera and got to work. That was around 2011-2012 specifically. I love doing the film because I truly feel like I have a crazy vision and imagination that needs to be seen and understood and the only way I know how to get that out is through film.
Looking up to the way people like Spike Lee and John Singleton did it and hearing their stories it just made me fall in love with the craft even more cause you can bring a story to the table and next thing you know it’s a full project that's being seen by people. It's exciting to me the same way music is. I wouldn't say I truly took film seriously until this year in January. I was still holding on trying to salvage a music career that I truly didn't want. So, my foot was halfway in to film and I just had to readjust myself and understand how I was feeling and decided to fully cut the music ties and focus on what my heart kept calling me to do. I can't watch a movie without analyzing everything about it. For years I've been around here trying to figure out how to make motion pictures, the business behind it, television, certain deals, etc. When I start getting into that mode, I know for sure I truly want something that I will achieve. The biggest moment to me is just getting a small understanding of the doors my name is in without me ever stepping foot in them yet. To be able to say I have certain movers and shakers in the industry even looking at what I have going on because my relationships with certain people are pretty tight. It just lets me know I'm going about things the right way and God is already beginning to open those doors for me to walk through when I'm good and ready. Yeah! Having celebrities recognize the work and reach out and let me know they are rocking with it or sending over an inquiry is dope but I'm not in this to be the next big music video guy. I have a much greater goal. So, I'm keeping my head down and working towards what I see myself as.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?
So, I was born to a dad who was a music artist. He owned his own label coming up and my brothers and I always been around music. Whether it’s at shows or doing our own shows, doing music, learning how to produce and run a company. It started young for us and being in Texas, the independent game was already drilled into our minds. Everything with me has always been self-taught. I went to school at Full Sail University but dropped out 5 months before graduation. Honestly, that whole time there I didn't learn anything that I actually needed. Pretty much while in school I figured out how to start booking my own shows, released my first album, networked, and got on my first tours. Did it all without anything the school taught me, everything straight off YouTube and actual real-life experiences. I learn by doing it, man. I'm a person that's always on go. You can tell me about something right now, I don't want to wait, let's get on it. The longer we wait the more time we're killing from actually getting a better understanding at perfecting the craft. I don't mind watching someone show me the way as well, but experience is always the best teacher for me.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Mr. 2-17 on the Track, dndSection, Jonah Cruzz. Those are going to be the only names I dish out. Those the guys. If you know about any of them then you know the type of reach, they have and the people they're around/been around. I'll let the googles speak for itself.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
You have to have a goal. Know what you're looking to do and don't stray away from it. I've been truly doing this since 2012. 8 years I've been spinning my wheels with no true results because I was going about everything the wrong way. I've been the guy chasing after big names and just trying to get my foot into these doors chasing money. Then you have to step back and realize. You ARE THE MONEY! You can't be out here hoping and praying that someone going to put you in position. That's on you dude! Had to fix up my approach. I hate doing music videos. Why the hell am I forcing myself to do them if I don't like them? That's turning your passion into a job and I hate being an employee. So, I had to readjust. I'm only doing things that are helping me make my own films.
What are some of your goals this year?
Finish writing my first feature. Partner up with someone that can help get it made. Direct and have full creative control. Finish my first documentary. Establish at least 5 different sources of passive income so I can give more time to creating. Be there for my son and get an office space for Primacey Studios.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
No one, honestly. Done with doing anything music-wise.
Who are your favorite directors? Who do you want to do a music video with?
Favorite directors. child. Lacey Duke. Karena Evans. Ava DuVernay. Dave Free. Spike Lee. John Singleton. Tyler Perry (inspires me more so business-wise). It's plenty. We can be here forever.
What kind of equipment do you have and why?
I don't have any. My cinematographer has all the equipment. For me, I'm about to invest in a viewfinder and a director’s monitor. I just want to focus on the story and direction. Let everyone else deal with the extras.
What is your creative process like?
I think of stupid things that happened to me and my brothers as kids. Laugh about it in front of someone. Tell them, it was nothing and begin to ask them what they see for whatever the project is. Anything personal I just get crazy! I could put on a song or see a shot in a movie and just like that I can get a whole scenario of something random and I write it down and find out how to incorporate it within the art.
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
Chipotle burrito. It doesn’t matter the day, the time. Everything is right in the world when I got a veggie burrito!