We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryan Patrick McCulley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Can I throw this question back to YOU, the reader? Have you ever thought about the “why”? For me, the more time I log and the more experiences I am fortunate enough to be a part of…I’m beginning to think that I really didn’t get a chance to choose an artistic career, it just sorta chose me. Because, who in their right mind would “choose” this path, am I right?! But, in all honesty, as I look back at all the ups and downs and decisions made and forks in the road that led me to be here, in this moment, it’s…it’s crazy, really, when I think about it. That said, what I think I’m starting to realize this year is that I am sort of just a conduit for the art. Yeah, I get a chance to have some input on the process, but what I’ve found is when I remove myself from the equation and let the story, message or concept be what it needs to be, then not only do I enjoy that same process more, but I feel it resonates with people on a greater level. And ultimately, for me, that’s the goal of my artistic/creative pursuits… to be able to occupy some of your brain space – even if very brief – because in that moment…we are connected. And also, has anyone on here ever answered their very first question of the interview with another question…am I the first??
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, let’s just start with…it’s never easy. At least, not for me. I am more of a “lunch pale” type of guy and I don’t mind putting in the time. I come from an athletic background, so I understand the importance of hard work and sacrifice in regards to perfecting one’s craft. Really, I believe that it is one of the strongest attributes of my work. Now, the ability to let go, the ability to stop trying to control things out of your control, ha, that is a whole different thing entirely. However, I am excited for a few things that I have been working on recently. My buddy and Co-Creator, Doug Hurley and I, are working on a new show called, “Bryan Cleans With Cheese” @bryancleanswithcheese that we are planning to drop at some point in the near future. This project has afforded me the opportunity to flex the muscles on a more consistent basis and in a variety of different departments. Enough so, to kick me in my no-ass, ass (did you read my description?) in terms of writing and finally get past the blank page and blinking cursor on a screenplay I’ve been putting off. Ultimately, I’m excited by the work, in all capacities, because it continually reminds me that I am and will always be a student of art.
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?
I’m more of a no plan, plan type of guy. But, we would definitely have to stop by Cafe de Leche to grab a cup. Absolutely catch a yoga class at Namaste Highland Park. Go see a show at the Bob Baker. Swing by a few beaches and most definitely (the most important of all the definitelys) go on a hike. Since moving here, I would say hiking has been one of the major highlights for me. I was born and raised in Indiana, so the most hiking I did as a kid was up the front porch steps. Also, if you anyone has recommendations for me, send them my way! Future me thanks you!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
SO.MANY.PEOPLE – trust me when I say, that I would not be here without the support of some many wonderful humans. Wow, ok, I guess I gotta start with my family first. Please tell my mom I said “Hi”. No really though, without my parents and sister, I would be nothing. Their unwavering support and encouragement of and for me, is an absolute pillar in my artistic experience. My relatives and extended family. All of my Highland Park community – you know who you are, hopefully. All of the friends I’ve made since my arrival – I’m extremely lucky to have landed in the place I did when I first got to LA, because we probably wouldn’t be talking right now if that weren’t the case. My roommates for sure…they have been so welcoming, and gracious and supportive. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Henry Miller or Biggie. All of my friend groups back home. Every single scene partner, every single reader – especially now! Every single person I have collaborated with over the years – you have undoubtedly taught me something, and I hope…I hope, I of you. Lastly, this is a preemptive, “sorry” to anyone that I forgot to mention. Hopefully, ya know, I’ve told you how much I am indebted to you IRL. Ok, ok I’m sure they’re striking up the band because I am droning on…
Headshots – Sean Kara Candid – Landon Price Baby Photo – Goldie, Family Dog