We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Palen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, why did you pursue a creative career?
It all started in grade school, penning comics on scratch paper at recess, waiting patiently as my friends read my words, and lighting up at the faintest hint of a laugh. I’ve always been a “shy ham” — which is to say, in a somewhat unflattering fashion, that I enjoy being goofy and entertaining others, but avoid being directly in the spotlight. As such, I enjoy the communal creation aspect of filmmaking. Whenever I find myself at the helm of a creative project, I relish in incorporating the thoughts and ideas of my team into the final product. In my eye, more cooks don’t spoil the pot, they just make for a richer flavor. I push onwards in my creative endeavors, to share my silly thoughts with the world, but to share the silly thoughts of others with the world as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The particular corner of comedy within which I work is a little surreal subsection, wherein the visuals are vivid, the protagonists are unabashedly overconfident, and by extension, the action is absurd. I wouldn’t say I’m currently situated anywhere outstanding, but I got to where I am at this very moment by putting pen to paper, and then putting effort into producing those penned words. I feel I’ve barely stumbled out of the proverbial nest as a creator, but along my path thus far, I’ve learned the incalculable necessity of finding and fostering meaningful relationships with your contemporaries. Reach out. Be nice. Wear comfortable shoes.
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.
Well, this is a tricky question to answer at the moment, but even working with what we’ve got at the moment, I would take them to Griffith Park to see the sunrise, get a coffee at Stamp, walk or bike-ride down to Echo Park, grab a drink at Sunset Beer Co., and then explore Downtown in the evening. A very east-side trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d have to dedicate my Shoutout to my parents. Having both had their respective stints as stand-up comics, they were both immensely encouraging and understanding of my ridiculousness. I wouldn’t have thought it an alright career path to pursue were it not for them. Thanks, mom n’ dad.