3Ws – Brendan Smith


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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