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

Hi Chelsea, what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity. I think people can smell inauthenticity from a mile away. Even if what you’re doing isn’t necessarily for them, no matter what it is that you’re selling, promoting, or creating – people will at least appreciate how genuine your message is. As for me, I started as a standup comedian. Comedy is all about telling the truth and finding your authentic voice. That same foundation has leaked into everything I’ve ever tried to do: be honest, be genuine, and stay weird.

Can you open up a bit more about your work and career? What else should our community know about your work?
I started as a standup comedian, which led to a series of writing jobs for other comedians, YouTube stars, and a really bad show nobody watched. Through many years of writing content for various outlets, writing pilots, getting “almosts,” I eventually got a total dream job as a comedic travel host and writer. Basically, I got paid to run around the world and make fun of stuff. It was the best. I was even sent to a Jamaican sex resort, where I saved a ton of marriages.

The biggest challenge of being a comedy writer has been staying consistent and motivated when the path is not linear, clear, or direct. Although, one thing I have going for me is flexibility. Many of my friends have this North Star in their creative field; “I want to be a series regular on a medical drama” or “I will only be happy if get a Netflix special.” I don’t have the mentality that the only way I’ll be happy as a writer is if I write on a sitcom or sell a movie or write the next great American novel. I’ve learned that just being paid to be thoughtful and funny is rewarding enough, and however that manifests I will be okay with. As long as I make a lot of money and can retire by 40.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would say if you really want the LA experience, you need to do ayahuasca with a Shaman named Steve. Then, get a blowout at Dry Bar, go to the Grove, and yell at someone who is taking too long to back out of your desired parking space. Live Stream your therapy session, and then go on a Bumble date with someone who moved out here to be a producer, but is now pursuing a career in competitive dodgeball. He’s too young to settle down. He’s 47.

Unfortunately, a lot of my favorites closed during the pandemic. But:
Sloane’s Valley Village, Burgers Never Say Die in Silver Lake, Momed in Atwater, Las Glorias Del Buen Comer for delicious cheap burritos, and Hugo’s if you’re allergic to everything.
I’m not a huge drinker, but I love Bar Bandini or Covell for a good wine selection.
Get stoned and go on hikes. Topanga Canyon, Fryman, Malibu Creek State Park has narnia-esque trails, but Griffith Park is good, too, for its convenience.
For Comedy:
The Comedy Store, Lowkey Outside, A Comedy Show L.A. (it’s in this cool outdoor space that looks like a secret garden).
El Matador State Beach in Malibu for vibey caves.
If you want to go splurgy and fabulous, hire The Herbal Chef for a gourmet, cannabis-infused, multi-course meal. Incredible food and such a unique, euphoric experience!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Steve Bramucci (UPROXX) & Rebecca Swanner (LET’S EAT CAKE).

Steve found me on Twitter and offered me the travel gig of a lifetime, and introduced me to my dream job. He also lets me yell at him all the time, and aggressively hit on his wife. Thank you, Steve, and Nikta, I love you. Call me.

Rebecca has consistently supported me and elevated my voice. She is always trying to find opportunities for me to thrive, and that is something so rare and beautiful. She’s a total badass and is also very hot.

Website: www.writingbychelseafrank.com

Instagram: @chelseafrank

Twitter: @chelseasfrank

Other: Reel: https://vimeo.com/378156020

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