We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“I will not make anymore boring art.” It’s probably the only quote that has really resonated with me personally; so much that I have it tattooed on my forearm. It’s by conceptual artist John Baldessari and I think that it has such a simple, strong message. No artist wants to make “boring art” but what does that even mean? So many people have their own opinions on what makes art cool but I think the most important opinion is your own. If you can make something, whether it be a song or movie or painting, and YOU think that it’s cool then I think you’ve won the first and most important battle. If you don’t believe you’re doing something special neither will the audience.
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 career is honestly just starting and to think about the progress I made in this last year alone makes me excited and scared for whats to come. A good scared though. It’s been an uphill battle for sure but I met a lot of great people that really wanted to see me succeed and having like-minded people that want to see you win is SO important in this city. Being around all these talented people has also taught me to always have your ears open because you never know when there’s going to be an opportunity to learn something new. I think that’s one thing that sets me apart from others in my field. My craving to always be a student to my craft really keeps me humble and hungry for knowledge and I guess that’s something I’d like for people to know about me. I’m just excited to be here! I’m excited for that next new wave of inspiration to hit and I’m excited to learn and I’m excited to fail because that’s all part of the creative process that I love so much. “”Trust the process.” – Joel Embiid” – Alex Hall
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, elephant in the room, having people come visit is a little different now than it was last year, but, let’s say they just sent me a text saying that they’re boarding a plane in Ohio and will be here in 4 hours. With that in mind I’d probably take them to Akuma Ramen in West Hollywood. I’m there at least once a week getting sushi so that’s a must. I’m also not a big club guy, nor do I have “ballin’ at the club” money so if they wanted to go get a drink I’d probably take them to Bar Flores or The Phoenix. I really love Malibu, it’s beautiful and a lot of my favorite shooting spots are there. I’d probably pick up a Porsche or something fun and take them up through the canyons and then back down the 1 for a sunset drive. I also think Griffith and Beachwood Canyon get a lot of hate for being “tourist” spots but the views are gorgeous especially on a sunny day so I might recommend a morning hike and then a mocha from Conservatory. Other than that I’d probably just prefer to hangout at my house or at my Friend Nick’s place. I also really love to cook and make cocktails so I’d do the bulk of dinners at home. Fun Fact: if I wasn’t shooting and directing I would have been a chef and I still want to eventually open a restaurant one day. 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?
My family and girlfriend have a lot to do with where I’m at in my career. They’ve provided me with a really strong support system that allowed me to make creative choices and feel confident and comfortable with my decisions. I remember my parents always putting me in classes and giving me different art mediums so I could decide for myself what I was truly passionate about, eventually leading to me picking up a camera when I was probably 7 or so. I think all art, whatever the discipline, takes a lot of courage to put out so I’m really thankful that my family pushed me to have that passion that drives what I do today.
Alex Hall, Nick Russell, Mitch Pannitto