We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Stanzak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, how do you think about risk?
Although it’s all relative to one’s own story, taking risks is part of the equation in progression. At some point, maybe closer to the beginning (for many), the idea of risk transforms into more of a condition, than the possibility of something not panning out. If you’re in pursuit of an arduous journey, the only guarantee is you’ll experience failure. If you don’t, you’re either aiming too low or the pursuit isn’t that difficult. When I think about risk, I reflect on investing in equipment without seeing an immediate return. Spending countless hours on a project that gets shelved or scrapped. Trusting a business arrangement and not getting compensated. Driving hours for a shot, only to come back with nothing. I think people forget to ask themselves, “how bad do I want it?” Risk is embedded in journeys that yield massive victories. For me, it’s been an essential stipulation I try to revisit anytime I get too comfortable. In a way, it’s like a gate keeper to the arena. Luck is the reward for stepping into the circus, success is the ability to remain, while risk is the audience periodically verifying you still want it.
What should our readers know about your business? Was it easy, did you overcome any challenges?
I’m in the business of creating and capturing clean visuals that are aesthetically pleasing. Whether it’s for my employer Grenco Science, or my own brand Drastic, my motion and stills tend to be distinct and imaginative. What sets me apart is experience dating back to the early aughts. I was shooting and editing long before I could drive. From personal projects to published work, my catalog is wider than the average. Art projects, album covers, botany portraits, dab commercials, documentaries, museums – the spread is diversified. Lastly, my spirit & mentality have been conditioned by an amalgam of different fusions, that’s in constant re-examination. There’s not one milestone or stripe that I’m most proud of, but I am excited to continue treading new water and catching that morning light. It wasn’t easy to get where I am today. I’m still figuring out how to work smarter instead of harder, a lot easier said than done. I don’t know if I necessarily overcame challenges, feels more like I stayed resilient towards creating opportunities and honing my craft. I’ve also benefited exceptionally from my white privilege. From an advantageous upbringing to resources at school, the hand I was dealt was damn near a royal flush. In retrospect it’d be hard to not have something to show at this point. Biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is keep at it, your best memory could be tomorrow. Most of the time, your mind is your greatest asset and your strongest enemy. Choose your thinking wisely. The world should know my brand is drastic, figuratively and literally. Catch up on our work, keep an eye our for future creations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Can’t give away all my spots but there’s some that deserve shine. Cafe Brasil in West LA is one of my favorite restaurants. We’d get their breakfast special a few mornings and double back for lunch once or twice. Kogi Taqueria off Overland is also big flame. Obviously Venice Beach and Malibu are mando, air and vibe there are unparalleled. Answering this as if COVID-19 didn’t exist, and if that were the case we’d definitely hit The Comedy Store, guaranteed good time. Last time I was there Chappelle popped in as we almost walked out, phenomenal. The Improv is solid too. I think our museums, music scene and eateries are some of the best in the country. The Last Bookstore and Record Surplus are underrated gems.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It’s hard to include everyone. I’m blessed to continue receiving copious amounts of love and support from most people in my squadron. If you’re reading this, I appreciate you. For sake of time, I’ll limit this answer to five entities that are responsible for this drastic life. My parents. Tön Lōke (Tony Oberstar). Alph Tha Alien (Josh Johnson). Sahtyre (Cassidy Howell). Grenco Science (G Pen). In their own way, all these have been pivotal in my evolution and personal legend.