We had the good fortune of connecting with Budd Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Budd, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought processes was, “I’m going to have to find a way to bring down this federal tax liability.”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I fervently attempt to showcase the human condition throughout all my projects, especially my filmmaking and acting work. I was blessed with an unconventional youth full of trauma, survival, punk rock, and love. I hope spectators find commonality with my experiences. Also, I really know how to work a double chin and do a New York accent. People seem to really like that.

The terrifying level of vulnerability involved with being an artist is what makes it so cool and special to me. Like those paintings on the Venice Beach boardwalk of Marilyn Monroe wearing a bandana with full sleeve tattoos? Despite my opinions on that, someone took a real chance there and I have to respect them for it.

If I had to share some advice with your community, I’d say to accept that most of what you’ll create will feel like Marilyn with a bandanna, so go easy on yourself. Try and slow down when you can. Smell the roses, have conversations with no intent, furtively ingest everything around you. Challenge yourself to make something every day. Small or big, doesn’t matter. It could be one page of a script, a doodle, or a meme. ABC, always be creating. I lifted that from Glengarry Glen Ross and made it my own, sorry! Creativity shouldn’t feel like a competition regardless of how social media might make you feel. Listen to your gut and never betray yourself. Opportunities come and go but the sting of self betrayal will keep you up at night.

At the end of the day, I just want to entertain people and hopefully provoke some type of emotion with my work. I also want to learn how to cry on camera. Still haven’t figured that one out yet.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take you to the LA river bike path. We’d stop at the Frogtown slab and try to catch some three eyed fish. Then off to the Silverlake reservoir to sit on a big blanket and listen to you say “Dang, so people just come here to sit on big blankets huh?” The nightlife was never quite for me, but regardless, I’d treat you to a night at the Highland Park Barcade; twenty quarters and the first round of drinks on me. Smoke weed back at my place. Take you to the airport in the morning after some breakfast at Armon’s.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mathew Jordan, Matthew Chapman, and all Matt’s really.

Website: buddanthonydiaz.com

Instagram: instagram.com/buddanthonydiaz

Twitter: twitter.com/buddanthonydiaz

Other: twitch.tv/buddanthonydiaz

Image Credits
Evan Mays (photo of me in the yellow coat), Megan Lovallo (three gents sitting in a church pew), Sarah Rattay-Maloney (pic of me holding up a shirt at a thrift store & the pic of my face being scanned)

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