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

Hi Cameron, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve never thought to myself, “I want to be creative, I want to be an artist.” It’s something that’s always been there. I’ve always had a love and respect for movies when I was a kid. A few of my favorites influential films growing up that would significantly impact my work were E.T., Labyrinth, Coming to America, Short Circuit, The Lost Boys, Dirty Dancing, Heathers, Adventures in Babysitting, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. They were an escape, introducing me to a world outside my small town in South Carolina. By the time I was seven years old, I wanted to create my own stories and make people feel like I did when watching those movies. I had my dad’s giant VHS video camera on my shoulder, always filming family vacations and making short films with my siblings and neighbors. At ten years old, I knew my purpose was to make movies. It’s the only thing I’ve ever really set out to do career-wise; there was no plan B. Living in Los Angeles for over a decade, I’m incredibly grateful to work in the film industry, surrounded by talented individuals who have an infinite passion for telling stories and creating movies. I’ve learned along the way as a creative artist to collaborate, not dictate, be a leader who listens, steps in to do the work, and not afraid to make mistakes. Your job is not to ignore problems but to fix problems creatively. Having that courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome is what being an artist is all about, chasing courage over comfort. 

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 make films that make you think, but more than anything, I want my movie to make you feel. I remember growing up and going camping, sitting around a fire, listening to people tell ghost stories. The ones I recall most vividly were the ones told by the emotional storytellers, the ones that jumped into the story and pulled you in for the ride. That’s the way a film should be experienced. A tale told by an emotional, confident storyteller, leaving out the bits that you can imagine yourself, making you care about these characters, these people. The main inspiration behind all my films is finding the light within those dark spaces, the corners that aren’t comfortable to explore. How do we find peace within these characters, or do we even have to? Director’s Reel: https://youtu.be/OGkT-klLp1g “Pretty Boy”: https://youtu.be/ngpq9OSsv-I “Beauty Mark”: https://youtu.be/FJGAxjkc8h0 “Currents”: https://youtu.be/TnE50qAFfZ0 “Can You Take My Picture”: https://youtu.be/oYZMSKda6UY

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles is to go on a hike. Fryman Canyon is a fantastic place to clear the mind and have a great conversation. It’s not too crowded, and it’s dog friendly. I live next to the NOHO ARTS DISTRICT. Plenty of great cafes and restaurants, including some of my favorites; Republic of Pie (for coffee), The Fat Dog (restaurant). I love a good dive bar, and my two favorites are The Other Door & The Bullet Bar. Drop-in for some Karaoke and catch up with the regulars. If we are branching out, then we have to hit some of the Los Angeles staples; Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Farmers Market at the Grove, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Grand Central Market, and one of my personal favorites… Venice Beach. If you’ve had too much of LA, Vegas is only 4 hours away 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My LA family (The husband – Wiley Ho. The pups; Brando & Bowie) My SC family (Carol, Terry, Coby, Conner) Actress/producer Rebekah Tripp. If you’ve watched my projects over the past decade, you will find her name in the credit as my leading lady. The thing about a message or inspiration is that sometimes you can find it within the people you surround yourself with, and she’s one of them. She’s been one of my biggest supporters and has been able to carry my voice within these projects. I highly recommend shortlisting her for your next movie – she’s a star! https://www.rebekahtripp.com/ Joe McKernan (my writing partner). We have three features together. Two of them are in development right now and the other one we just finished. (New updates on those should be out soon) Jesse Aragon – Cinematographer – http://www.jessearagon.com/ Management: Writ Large, Bash Naran Agents: WME, Travis & CJ The PRETTY BOY Feature Team: Michael Wright, Tara Ansley, Adam Engelhard, & Kristi Lugo. WYWC Team: Alex Barnes, Adam Enelhard, DB, The entire Dream Reach team.

Website: http://www.cameronthrower.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camthrow/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/camthrow
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rthrower
Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2979239/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Image Credits
Main/ Personal Photo: Sela Shiloni Other photos: Charley Gallay, AJ Stills, Christopher Sheffield

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