We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Cavallaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Every time you commit to a project it’s a risk. If it’s a personal project you’re taking a financial risk as well as an emotional one — but even work-for-hire jobs run the risk of not panning out or turning into something you’re not particularly excited to work on.
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 think what sets me apart from others is my ability to work at different scales. I’ve had the opportunity to work on multi-million dollar productions and some projects that are literally classified as “no-budget.” What makes me proud, is seeing some of these things living on the same platform and being accessible to the same people. It’s encouraging to think that money doesn’t have to define your ability to create. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, and learn, from some of the best producers in the business and you realize soon enough that it’s all just problem solving and not every problem can be solved with money.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A pretty great day in L.A. is spending some time near the beach and hiking through Temescal Canyon. I love the outdoor patios at The Golden Bull and Hank’s in The Palisades Village.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have two degrees in the Arts which could be considered “subjective” disciplines. It’s sometimes difficult working in that parameter– but I found that I responded much better to faculty members that were encouraging — Notably Ed Talevara, John Soliday, and the first two people that told me I might be a good director, and even though they are no longer with us, Lani Harris and Tony Major’s support is in my heart every day.
Other: 32 Weeks, a feature film I wrote and directed released in Novermber is Here: amzn.to/2J43O3S