We had the good fortune of connecting with Antony J. Bowman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antony J., have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
There is no doubt that the older you get the more you think about this. As a freelance, writer/director the two elements blend together rather quickly. The more successful one becomes can upset the balance of this quite remarkably. What I do is a way of life and you have to be careful how this effects family. I have a wife and one daughter… We moved from Australia to Los Angeles and, at first, it was all about pounding the streets to get the career blooming! This can be a strain on family but I was fortunate that they became very much apart of my career. These days (Covid-19) aside, I do seem to be able to manage my work/life balance very well. Some of that is to do with more success but really it’s up to you! Sometimes slowing down increases creativity.
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 am always that creative person who wants to tell my stories or develop others that intrigue me. As a screenwriter, I don’t like to be pigeon-holed into creating one particular genre. I’ve written successful romantic comedies and thrillers, kid’s animation and huge, sweeping dark adventures. It’s unfortunate when the “business” assumes that any one writer is really only considered for one style of creative work. It happens more than it should! My stories are ALWAYS character-driven. That is what excites me most – not so much the high-action, super hero movies. I never really wanted to be a writer or director for hire without being a huge part of the initial creative process. One cannot be too choosy AND it can severely limit the amount of work one does. In the end you strike a balance and, as it turns out, it’s for the better!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Best friends are easy to please in the great city of Los Angeles… I’m fortunate enough to be a member of the “industry” club Soho House – so that is definitely one hang out to impress! Second, the garden of the Chateau Marmont, then hop Downtown to the Arts District to savor fine, inexpensive fine menus and music. There’s been a big uptick in Vegan restaurants as well. Plant Food + Wine is a great example and Sage Plant Based Bistro in Culver City… During the day it’s got to be a hike in the Hollywood Hills – miles of trails to excite anyone and get great views of LA Westside and the Valley. A horse ride is an option… but if you’re serious, better to do that up at Malibu Beach. Stay on and grab a sunset drink and meal at any one of the fabulous cafes on the shore. Done.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thanking people along the way I always wildly encourage… I never knew what unconditional love and support was until I had my own family. Sometimes when one is struggling and you don’t totally understand why, there are folks who seem to have an endless amount of genuine encouragement for you. Also the countless actors and crew members I’ve worked with. No success of mine can be recognized without their wonderful support and creative contribution. I mean the guys that might go out of their way to say, “Damn good job!” – meaning they don’t wait to be asked. These people let you know that you are on the right track and you are doing something right to further your career. My daughter and I started a non-profit called MyStreetCinema where we screened free movies for the homeless in Skid Row, Los Angeles. That gratification was truly fantastic – we opened up doors and meet tireless workers for the community. They were the heros! All in all, my wife, Jeanie and daughter, Ella are my incredible support team. I dedicate my shoutout to them. Jeanie (Drynan) will be co-starring with Isabella Rossellini in my next feature project, “Arrivederci” which will be shooting in Greece and Australia.