We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron A Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron A, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I say in every bio that I’ve been writing all my life, and it’s the truth. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know that I wanted to be a writer, even if it took me a long time to make that known to other people. Even as a little kid I knew it was what I wanted to do. When I moved to LA and discovered how much I love directing, that sealed it for me. I’ve never had a Plan B.
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.
We know how to make a little look like a lot. We’ve heard from many people over the years how high we’ve set the bar, both in terms of production value but also professionalism on set. A lot of folks have worked primarily with us, gone on to other sets, and come back surprised at how messy things can get. We’re proud of our work, and we stand by every project. We’re proud of our team as well. We all work our butts off to make these films happen. It’s never easy, unfortunately. Every project has its hiccups. But we put our heads down and push through them. Recently Olivia Wilde’s “No Assholes” policy has been getting a lot of attention in the media, but I’d like to point out that’s been our policy since 2017! There’s simply no room on set for people like that. They had their time. Now is the time for decent folks to get what they’re due. I don’t care how talented you are – if you’re a jerk, you’re not welcome on our team. Making movies is the best job in the world, and even when it’s a ton of work it’s always so much fun. There’s nothing quite like seeing words you wrote come to life before your eyes. Why have anyone around who would poison that well?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
YUKO KITCHEN Sorry, got carried away for a sec there. Yuko Kitchen on Wilshire is my favorite restaurant in the city. I’ve taken everyone who comes to visit me there, and no matter where they’re from or what they like, they love it. It’s amazing. As someone who likes great views and also space, I can spend all day at the Griffith Observatory. I hate what’s been done to the parking situation there. It used to be so easy to just roll up and hang out. Now it’s a pain. But it’s well worth it for some of the best views LA has to offer. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to, uh, DO things, but one of the things I love about this city is how much food there is. Growing up in a place that mostly consisted of big chain restaurants, Los Angeles was eye-opening. No matter where you are in the city, you’re never far from a terrific burger, kebab, taco, salad, or smoothie. I love food. 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 want to dedicate this to Rookie and Thresa, my partners at Tequila Mockingbird, as well as the phenomenal actors and crew we’ve been fortunate enough to find in our travels. We have a truly amazing network, and we couldn’t do the things we do without every single person on the team.