We had the good fortune of connecting with Buddy Chambers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Buddy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I think this answer varies for every single person who is pursuing this career path, but for me, it comes down to a few different things. When I was a young child, I knew that I was going to write and go into film/television. I was so convinced about this that I would tell my grandparents this all the time. Fortunately for me, they were very supportive and encouraged me to go after this goal. I knew that my pursuit was not going to be easy but nothing in life that is worth anything should be.
I sought a career as a creative because in a weird way, it’s my own personal form of therapy. Creating characters and telling stories that are in my head and sharing them with the world can be a little overwhelming but it’s such a wonderful experience. I pursue this career because it gives me a chance to work alongside many talented artists as well (whether they are actors, cinematographers, makeup artists, composers, etc.) who I have the privilege of collaborating with. You learn early on that creating a successful project is a team effort. Getting the opportunity to work with these great artists and create a family in a way has enriched me not only as a creative individual but also, as a human being.
As an artist, I pursue the creative path because it is who I am. It’s a part of me and pumps within me like the blood that flows through my veins. Sometimes it can make you a bit of a social outcast because you are cut off from people or it makes it seem like you speak a foreign language all to yourself (that is admittedly, very indecipherable for most), but I know it’s what I was born to do.
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.
My art runs the absolute gamut in terms of genres and storytelling. A lot of work has been in the thriller realm as I have three films: LESSONS, THE HARD SALE and BLOOD MONEY that I am infinitely proud of.
I just completed a pilot for a TV series called BIONIC BEAUTY which is a dark comedy that twists popular nostalgia. I’m very proud of this project because it’s something fresh and unique that I think stands apart from the pack. What sets my work apart from others is that character wise, most of my work is driven by female characters. I try to make every character have their unique voice with their own singular needs and traits.
How I got here professionally was not easy at all. I traveled across the country (most of my family and childhood friends are in VA or TN) and sold practically everything I owned to be here. I overcame these challenges by being diligent, financially frugal and just determined. I also learned how to hustle and work twice as hard to get where I needed to be. This trait was passed along to me by my grandparents who instilled an insane work ethic in me.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way is a lesson that my grandparents told me. That lesson is to never believe your own hype or in other words, don’t get full of yourself. Ego is the death of good art and if you think you are better than everyone, your art will suffer for it. The creative field is like a sports team and success comes from the collaborative effort of the whole. I value everyone’s contributions that works with me and I know how important they are. That is why I fight tirelessly for them and I allow them to create and give them freedom as they do just that.
What I want people to know about my story is to never give up. When you are tasked with obstacles, find a way to overcome them. Don’t listen to naysayers and people who doubt you. Laugh at their irrelevant opinions. Take the bricks they throw at you and build your kingdom. The only person that can ever truly stop you is YOU. I’ve kicked down doors that were considered locked because I wanted to tell my story and my vision with the world. I will do anything to hear your story as well.
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.
Before the pandemic, I would recommend having something to eat at Casa Vega or Trejo’s Tacos which to me are some of the finest Mexican food in the city. In terms of cinema, I would definitely say that checking out the New Beverly would be a mandatory stop. You will not find a better, more eclectic assortment of films than the New Bev. I wish I could live there sometimes. 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’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Hollywood Video Collective and specifically, Justin Kelley. He’s the absolute best cinematographer I’ve ever worked with and always captures the vision in my head. Check out his website at:
Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3823501
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