What's your profession?
I am an actor, writer, director, and producer. As a proud filmmaker, I give honor to Tyler Perry for pushing the agenda during his acceptance speech “to build your own table and not just wait on Hollywood to invite you”. .
Tell me a little about your background? Where you are originally from and how did that journey lead you to where you are located today?
I am Dezmyre Volmeus, born as Clernicole Volmeus, a Haitian American filmmaker from Miami, Florida. I am the daughter of Marc Nicolas Volmeus and Clerda Cajuste. I left Miami to chase my dreams in the film industry to break the Haitian traditions systems that keep one from pursuing any career other than Medical, law, and engineer.
When I landed in Los Angeles, I had made it a priority to learn the show business. I’ve had the opportunity to be a casting assistant for Casting director Anissa Williams and Zora DeHorter and had had the opportunity to work at Jerry Pace talent agency. I am a big believer in serving while obtaining knowledge . After the experience, I had gained the confidence to write, produce, direct, and starred in my own project. One of my films “Lost and Found” is currently in numerous festivals which is extremely encouraging.
What inspired you to be an filmmaker?
It started off with poetry. I grew up in a strict discipline culture where there weren’t much wiggle room to express hurt, pain, and disappointment so poetry was my scapegoat. I used to perform at school and when I saw how much I was making an impact, I knew then that was my calling. I am here to empower others.
What are some of the things you love about filmmaking?
The best part about filmmaking is when the audience can relate to the story and able to walk away with the intended message in the script.
It’s very encouraging to me as an upcoming filmmaker.
What are some of the struggles and hurdles that you find in acting and/or filmmaking?
As a filmmaker, the biggest challenge is finding investors. I could say finance in acting because coaching, reel, classes, headshots really do cost especially since you have to update every time there’s a change in your appearance.
Now that we’ve talked about struggles let’s talk about the opposite of that. What are some of the high points you’ve had in your journey so far?
The high points in my journey is witnessing my parent being my biggest fan!!!! Haitian parents would disown you if you’re not in the medical or law field. The fact that I turn them into a believer, is a win in my book!!!
Do you see yourself acting and being in filmmaking for the rest of your life?
Do you come from a gifted family as well or are you the only one?
The crazy thing is that my mother,Clerda Cajuste, used to write, produce, and direct shows in Haiti. She was also a nurse but I guess she wanted me to take after the medical side!! The gift is passed down from my mom.
What are your future plans regarding your filmmaking career?
I am currently writing my first pilot. The interruption with Covid19 gave me new perspective about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind. It brought a reminder to always keep God in the equation!
What’s next for you?
My ultimate goal is to work along side with Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay, and many others that have paved the way for us in Hollywood. I’ve learned all sides of the show business so therefore I can assist in any angle of a project. Filmmaking is my calling!
If you could give advice to someone just starting off in the movie industry, what would it be?
I would advise them to learn the business and the best way to do that is by serving. Also, it’s important to show up cheerful, positive mindset, and eager to learn. Last, it’s important to have a monthly goal so that way you can wake up with motivation.