We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Frederick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I love how no matter where you are in your process, you’re always a student of risk. As someone who is in deep recovery from a decade of over-analyzing my reality, overthinking every choice I made, overplanning to the point of paralysis, trying my damndest to live a logical, rational existence, at some point, I finally began to understand risk-taking as simply what you do when you are living your life instead of thinking about it or planning it. It was important for me to connect that understanding at such a base level because we currently have a broad culture that does at least two things very well. One, it exacerbates an addiction to a delusional sense of security, so you start believing something is better or more desirable the less it exposes you to risk. So it generates overwhelming risk-aversion, and second, to the same degree in the opposite direction, it exults people who produce amazing results by calling them risk-takers. So there’s this false dichotomy put in place where people are encouraged to either see themselves as risk-takers or as risk-averse. And what’s closer to reality is that no matter who you are, you take a risk every time you put one foot in front of the other. I’m not saying anything new here and forgive me if I’m preaching to the choir. But for me, at least, that was really empowering to realize. There’s actually no such thing as avoiding risk, so that option isn’t even one you get to consider as a breathing human being. You can either be an unskilled risk-taker or a skilled risk-taker. And that’s actually been a key part of my on-going recovery process, just looking into what is a skilled risk-taker, and how to embody that in practice. And not surprisingly, “skilled risk-taker” turns out to be a pretty apt alternative definition for “artist”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
By day, I work as Creative Director of Post-Production for a digital studio, Watcher Entertainment, producing unscripted shows. By night (figuratively speaking), I find my energy heavily drawn to the practice of philosophy, mysticism, and exploring quantum spirituality. Filmmaking and visual storytelling have generally been the practices I’ve engaged to best process what I find and see in these areas. In terms of what I’m most excited about, a music video I produced and shot is finally getting released 05/07/21 after being lost in limbo there for a while, so that’s definitely something to look forward to. Always more to come.
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.
I’m a firm believer that the best experiences in this city (or anywhere for that matter) are the ones you find for yourself. It is a copout answer and it’s also completely true. So, in that spirit, I’ll offer just this one, it’s become something of a personal ritual for me: An early morning hike (whatever you consider to be early is fine) up to Griffith Observatory, followed by a warm piece of apple pie with whipped cream and coffee at the Trail Cafe on your way down. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Too many to possibly list or recall, as the saying goes. I undoubtedly owe most of my current existence to Allison Sabrie. I would also like to give a singular shoutout to Jonathan Scales, for ceaselessly believing in me. I’d also like to shoutout the organization Level Ground and the incredible support to work to provide artist communities.
1) “Comatose” – Shallow Hills / DP: James Bishop 2) “Comatose” – Shallow Hills / DP: James Bishop 3) “Get High” – SABRIE / DP: Anthony D. Frederick 4) “Elena” / DP: Justin Lovett, Jeremy Kruis