We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Olszewski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what role has risk played in your life or career?
One quote that I love, that took me a while to fully grasp is “you don’t grow inside your comfort zone”. I think we have the ability to become really solid in our comfort zone, however the real growth comes from outside of it. Everyone has the ability to take risks. Everybody, every single day, has an opportunity to make their entire lives change with a simple risk. Whether that be quitting a job that doesn’t fuel the soul, to moving, to simply work on forming a new healthy habit.
On my end risk was packing my things, quitting a good job, and moving from Michigan to LA to start building my own brand, my own professional identity. I am no where near where I want to be yet, but I am proud of the growth of Good x Studios, and myself, so far. Excited to continue taking risks and see where I’ll be next year. Hell, where I’ll be next month.
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.
I struggle sometimes calling Good x Studios a business, and not an art project. Because everything that I do, I want purpose behind it, I want it to be different and special. I want everything that comes out of Good x Studios to be a work of art.
Everyday is a learning experience, and I love it. Every struggle is an opportunity to grow. Every success is an opportunity to be thankful.
When creating a music video, the goal is to connect a viewer to the artists art. There is no music video without music. Our job it to help expand the experience of a fan and connect them further. I think it’s a beautiful thing, when two art forms come together to create an even greater experience for a viewer.
Anytime we do documentary work, the biggest thing is relationship forming. This is where I truly believe we are able to separate ourselves from others. We can bring out stories and emotions from artists that are raw and natural, while still creating engaging work.
At the end of the day, I want the world to know that Good x Studios is all about creating good content. Creating films and art that matters, and can effect an individual in a positive way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Honestly, there are new things to do every day here in this city and being here a couple years, I feel like I have so much learning to do still. From museums to beaches, hikes and restaurants. I will say there is a bar called Alchemy on Ventura in Sherman Oaks that is amazing. I would definitely check it out. Also, there are a few McDonalds that are always on point out here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Good x Studios and myself wouldn’t have made it a few feet off the ground if it weren’t for the people around me that believe and support me. My parents, since I was young, have encourage me and made me believe in myself. They taught me I literally can do whatever I want, as long as I continue to be a good person, and believe in myself. My girlfriend Laura has been with me on this journey, whether she knows it or not, for almost a decade. She’s one of the most talented filmmakers I know and has supported and pushed me along the way. My friends have been there to hear all my horrible ideas, and rants about the LA heat. All the artists and people that have trusted me to bring their visions and art to life. A few that gave me my first opportunities out here were Johan Lenox and Johnny Vice. I hadn’t any connections at the time out here and they believed in my vision for their work. And of course I have to thank God for every blessing that comes my way.