Based in Yukon, Oklahoma, Valerie Parker is a costume designer whose previous feature film credits include the Lifetime films “Tracking a Killer” and “How I Met Your Murderer”; the first SAG approved production amid COVID, “A Country Romance”; and the upcoming film “Hostage House”, which will premiere on July 13, 2021, via Netflix.
How did you get started in the film industry?
I can say without a doubt I am extremely lucky to have started in the film industry. A family member recommended me for a feature and after interviewing, a hesitant producer decided to give me a chance. Over ten years now I’ve been an independent clothing designer and personal seamstress. It is these experiences and talents that allowed me to pivot into the film industry with ease.
What are some of your most recent successes (credits or accolades) related to your career in the industry?
Being a part of the film industry in Oklahoma has changed my life. Like many Oklahomans, COVID hit my business hard. I was left with finding a direction for my particular talents. Although I consider myself relatively new to the film industry, I’ve wrapped eleven features and one short film in just over a year. Most of the these I was managing two films at a time. By the end of the summer, I will finish up my eleventh and twelfth feature.
What is your favorite aspect of working in Oklahoma’s film and television industry?
There is no way I could pick just one aspect of set life as my favorite. The people that I’ve worked with are remarkable, talented and inspiring. The creativity that each person on set offers and how everything comes together perfectly is magical.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone starting their career in Oklahoma’s film industry?
If I were to offer any advice to someone starting their Oklahoma film career it would be three things: First, remain flexible. Every day is a new adventure on set. Hardly any day goes as planned. Second, only the first day ever on set is scary; all the other days it just feel like home. Finally, ALWAYS have top stick with you no matter what department you work in!
Would your career be impacted without the state’s film incentive program? If so, how?
Without the state’s film incentive program, not only would my position potentially be impacted, but so many other Oklahoma natives might not have the job security the thriving film industry offers us now.
Where do you see yourself – AND – Oklahoma’s film industry in the next five years?
I’m so excited to see what the future holds for me in Oklahoma film as a costume designer and a part of the wardrobe team. My hope is that Oklahoma continues to grow in the industry and more locals become involved in our flourishing film community.