We had the good fortune of connecting with Arthur De Larroche and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arthur, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Any risk that doesn’t involve death or serious injury is no risk at all. The ONLY way to elevate your standing in life is through risk, be it social, professional or financial. Some people are born right where they want to be and the challenge of their lives is maintaining their position. But, if you want to raise your standing in the societal hierarchy, you’ve got pay your way in risks and failures. But, as I said, it’s not even really risk. What many of us perceive as “risk” is an abstraction – a vestige of ancient days where risk boiled down to a survive-or-die situation. But now, we equate the risk of death to our comfortable, modern failures. I have also been guilty of equating financial loss to death but, over the years, I’ve learned that money comes and goes and so long as you don’t have a repulsive personality, you’ll get help from others to bounce back from whatever financial mishaps you might have. Contrary to popular belief; people like helping people if they’re nice. At least in my experience. Anyway, every good thing that ever happened in my life made me sick to my stomach before I did it and, most of the time, during, too. I think because I really thought that taking a risk could kill me. But, I found out that the people who really count, even those above me who I hadn’t even met yet, forgave and respected me for taking those risks and even for failing. I guess the knew the secret I learned along the way – that failure is the currency of success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s ironic that I started making my own movies because I grew up in a country where no one was making films only to find success and move to Hollywood where, now, almost no one is making films but me. I’m obviously exaggerating, but, not by much. I’m most proud of my new film, Clairevoyant. When no one else was making films (through 2020-21), we found a way to scrounge together a rough-and-tumble cast & crew and make a film that eked out worldwide distribution. Depending on when you guys publish this article, that’s an exclusive scoop, so, congrats. And we’ve got more films on the way, one of which we’ve already completed principal photography. I guess that’s what I’m most proud of – that I’m not one of the many skeletons left behind in Hollywood. That even if the industry is turning into a dystopian nightmare of “content” with no room for artistic expression, that I can still make art and express myself and actually make money doing it. Maybe the industry isn’t so broken after all…

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Charlie’s Coffeeshop at the Farmer’s Market on 3rd St. It’s simply the best restaurant in town and Katie, Haley and the rest of their family deserve every bit of press they can get. Oh, also, Disneyland. It’s reopening April 1st! Unless that’s a prank…

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Micaela Wittman deserves a massive shoutout. She gave me the keys to my mental prisons and taught me in a few short years what I think many wish they could learn in a lifetime. I’m lucky to know her.

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Image Credits
Micaela Wittman Laura LaPerche

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