We had the good fortune of connecting with Aidan Collett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aidan, why did you pursue a creative career?
There is nothing more fulfilling than the continual development of humanistic ideas through a creative medium. Art is an opportunity to ask questions of the human condition and as part of the human collective, it is the task of the artist to explore possible answers. That is exciting. Pursuing a creative career means I may be one of those brave explorers to push into deep reaches of the psyche, into the terrifying unknown, and present back to the world a personal reflection of my discoveries. Of course, none of that “refined” philosophy was in my head when I first put on a Captain Hook costume at the age of 3 and played make-believe. Or in High School, when I would be in the shows on stage or make films, but unable to place my driving force. It was when I reached collegiate film school and dove into a pool of like-minded individuals that I found my artistic reason and purpose. For my time after school, I hope to continue that purpose into acting and filmmaking. Aside from being an opportunity for self-discovery and human-discovery, there is no other career that relishes having fun than a creative one. How did my 3 year-old self know I could work professionally playing make-believe?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My life in art has always been fueled by an ambitious drive to create and connect. Though I am just beginning to project my tastes professionally, they are backed by my formative years of no-rule play. The idea that art is an evolving entity shaping and being shaped by people is so tantalizing. My small production label, Tumdetme Productions, aims to “ground whimsy in reality and expose the darkness of human nature”. In every story I tell, whether through films or through acting, I seek truth in the human condition. That mission has led to some adversity and disagreements with ideas presented in stories I have written, but if anything, that adversity makes me more excited to continue with the project. I have learned to appreciate discourse and disagreement about my work as a storyteller because at least people are thinking. Opening a space for discussion through my characters when acting and ideas through filmmaking is so much more satisfying than giving the audience all the answers. To me, that is art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a non-native Californian, it would be a process of discovery for both me and my friend as there are a lot of places even I have not checked out in LA. That being said—I can think of a few great spots. I would certainly take my friend to the beach during sunset. Living here for four years, I have fallen in love with a painted California sky. Scent Bar Hollywood is this fragrance boutique that categorizes fragrances by scent-notes—you can find and smell anything there and even get samples. A must. In terms of food, there is a great German brathaus called Wurstküche with delicious bites and music. As a Europe-lover, it is a wonderful place to experience a little foreign culture in LA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It is fortunate to have too many ideas in mind as to who to dedicate this shoutout too. However, above all are my parents who have shown their constant support and encouragement throughout the turbulence of my pursuit of art. Even in the trust they imbued in me to go to film school as well as study theater, I am reassured that they have my back each step of the way. As I make this next step into the professional world, I am grateful for them believing in me. Here is to my lifetime executive producers.