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

Hi Chandler, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I was an excellent student as a kid and by that I mean I was a huge nerd. But when it came to homework? I made it my god-given mission to never under any circumstances do it at home. I’d do homework on the bus, in-between classes, and even at lunch to make sure that once I was home I could fully enjoy my time off (mostly video games). Since then I’ve always been a big fan of “work hard, play hard” and the value in keeping both parts of your life active, but separate. I’ve found I do my best work when I give it my all knowing that once I’m done, I’m done. No emails after work, no memes while editing. Of course this doesn’t mean work has to be a miserable slog all the time, just make sure the project is the priority when on the job. Likewise, it’s okay to preoccupy your time with productive ventures so long as the pressure to preform takes a backseat. Keeping my work and my life separate has helped me focus my energy on what’s at hand whether it be a hard day of work on-set or celebrating at the after party!

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.
In this field the people you work with are just as important as any skill or talent you can posses… probably more! Whether it was my former employer trusting me with my first directing gig, a talented actor taking a chance (and pay cut) being in my film, or simply a friend willing to pass my name along, I attribute a monumental amount of my success to the quality and awesomeness of my friends and colleagues. In the pursuit of my own vision, I am ashamed to admit I haven’t always valued my creative partners as much as I should have. I’ve made my share of mistakes overly criticizing and snapping at those I didn’t agree with and alienating those I thought had an incompatible vision. But after years of working with others, I’ve come to fully appreciate the necessity of different viewpoints, the importance of being open, and the value of a collaborative mindset to be creative together. I am eternally thankful to the crewmates and mentors who have helped me develop my skills and become a better (and easier to work with) creative. Now my biggest motivator in this field is finding and working with new and talented people and bringing them together! It’s been my pleasure to encourage this collaboration by hosting networking events, screenings, and film festivals to foster these connections and inspire new creative partnerships. My hope is to continue to connect with the most awesome people in this industry and achieve incredible things we could never hope to accomplish on our own!

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.
LA is a city of a thousand flavors so a mini road-trip is a must for any weekend visit! COVID times have taken away a lot of options, but there are still plenty of spots to visit and traffic has never been less infuriating! From east to west you’d definitely want to get started at one of our beaches. Malibu has plenty of less-visited and scenic spots between Point Dume and Leo Carillo but if you enjoy people watching, Venice is a great stop. Be sure to stroll through the canals and pick-up a Godmother (with hot peppers) from Bay Cities Italian Deli. As you cruise to the east there are plenty of great hikes and parks from the Nike Missile Control Site, to The Abandoned Zoo at Griffith, to Angels Point at Dodgers Stadium. As sunset approaches take a drive down Mullholland Drive or head straight to dinner at any one of LA’s magnificent eateries such as Birdies Chicken Sandwiches Downtown, An exotic Rattlesnake & Rabbit Sausage at Wurstkuche, or Daikokuya’s impossibly delicious Tonkatsu Ramen. If you’re looking to wrap up your day in style, I recommend visiting Perch for an excellent view and vibe downtown or driving up Angels Crest for a bit of isolation and a clearer view of the night sky. There’s a lot to love and infinite possibilities depending on your tastes!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Karla Espino, my good friend, enabler, and co-creative that’s helped me continue to create killer projects here in Los Angeles!

Website: www.chandlerperry.com
Instagram: @ntfcameras
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chandler-e-perry/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NTFCameras
Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/ChandlerPerry/

Image Credits
@jpixx

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