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If you ask Jonathan Sobol about success, he will say it’s not a destination.
The 35-year-old graduated from Niagara College’s Broadcasting — Radio, Television and Film program in 1998 and has been busy directing and screenwriting films for the past eight years.
Sobol enrolled after receiving a visual arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
During a telephone interview with Sobol, he says he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after university, but while taking a summer film course he realized his calling.
“I knew I wanted to make films.”
Sobol’s most recent work, which he describes as being “a small project,” A Beginner’s Guide to Endings earned him a special gala screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. He says the experience at the festival was “thrilling.”
“I had a great time. It was humbling and terrifying.”
When it comes to his career as a director and screenwriter, Sobol says there are still things he wants to accomplish.
“I don’t view success as a destination. It’s a journey. It’s a process. It’s hard work, will-power and drive.”
Aside from his “desire to tell entertaining stories,” through film, Sobol has other interests.
He says he travels “extensively” and likes to read. He watches a “good hundred films a year” and enjoys cooking.
“It’s a serious hobby [of mine] to acquire as many culinary skills as possible.”
Originally from Niagara Falls, Sobol now resides in Toronto. He has been “happily” married to his wife, Ann, for two years.