3Ws – Brendan Smith

BSmith

What do you create?

Scripts for the television box and now the bigger screen thingee. And when I’m not on the clock or in a contractual situation, I definitely try to “create” more scripts. For fun and for free. And in hopes that something will pay off down the road. I “create” a lot of photos, too. And hacky tweets. Other than that, I look at each day as an opportunity to create fun and controlled chaos.
 

Why do you create?

I honestly do not know how to do it differently! I’ve basically structured my life so I can do nothing but create — it’s who I am — and can’t imagine being holed up and not allowed to follow all of my weird instincts and creative impulses. Make sense?! My brain is always moving, so… it’s never not creating.

God, does that sound pretentious. Jesus Christ.

 

What do you consume?

I consume music. Constantly. Mostly rock and pop from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. British Invasion, Motown, Stax, Yacht Rock, punk, post punk, glam, metal, Brit Pop. Everything from the Association to the Replacements to ZZ Top… and everything in between. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to a giant 70s mix: America’s “Ventura Highway”, exactly right now.

I also love vintage Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movies, professional football, and TOP CHEF.

But most importantly, I “consume” nature. I have to take daily walks in Griffith Park and weekend trips to Leo Carrillo State Beach to recharge my batteries and connect with that power greater than myself… ‘coz that’s the thing that keeps the creative juices going.

WHY DO I SOUND LIKE SUCH A DOUCHE? Because it’s impossible to talk about “creating” without sounding like one.
 

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3Ws – Kevin Deiboldt

KC

What do you create?

Television shows.  (Ugh, that always sounds odd to me.  Because truthfully — I’m but a cog in the much larger, hulking machine of a television show.  It’s not as if a show bursts forth, fully formed from my forehead.  I’m not Zeus.  There are easily a few hundred other people that take whatever mediocre ideas we come up with and adjust/adapt/improve until they are so SO so much better.  The beauty of collaboration!  But the process usually starts with someone like me putting ink on paper.  And while you probably didn’t need most of this parenthetical babble, it fills up a good amount of space and we can always trim it down in post. [That’s a television joke! Hilarious!]  Which is all to say) I’m a writer.

 

Why do you create?

Because the Self-Doubt tells me I can’t.  That I shouldn’t even try.  So f*ck him.

 

Looking objectively at my time on this planet, it could be said that I’ve been drawn to creation in some form or another.  Hand-drawn comic books in 5th grade.  Bad Jim Morrison-esque poetry in junior high.  Evenings of live British humor in high school.  Somewhere around college (go Bombers!) the Self-Doubt started hanging out more often.  “Dude, they’re just gonna say no.”  “Oooh, man.  It’ll end up terrible, don’t even bother.”  Wasn’t until years later that I got past that — after being cajoled by my boss (a TV writer/producer) to just take his offer and write a goddamn episode of his television show for chrissakes.  “You’re a writer”, he said.  I didn’t believe him, but since I already turned down his offer once before (!) I figured I might as well give it a shot, fail, and move onto something else.  Didn’t quite work out that way.

 

That’s not to say the Self-Doubt has gone away.  Certain days he’s more of a jackwagon than others.  But when I put words down on a page or screen — any words — it helps keep him quiet.. er.  The clack of keys muffling the doubt and all that.

 

What do you consume?

Comics, a more-than-healthy amount of TV, some books, handful of films, music MUSIC music MUSIC, vid-e-o games, a couple sports, lots of web content (although not as much as I used to), photography, beeeeeeeeeeeeeeer, good food/bad food (I may or may not be gorging myself on Airheads as I type this), medication, nostalgia, memories, clichés.  I also enjoy sunsets, cuddling, long walks on the beach and oh cripes I am pretty sure that this last part was intended for another site but ah well let’s just go with it and maybe no one will notice

 

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Website: http://ithacamafia.com

Twitter: Kluv32

You can check out both seasons of my show Copper on Netflix.