We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris .R. Notarile and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris .R., how do you think about risk?
My entire career has been one big risk. I have been flying by the seat of my pants without a safety net for the last 16+ years, learning as I go, and trying to get from level to the next. I feel that if I didn’t have everything always riding on the line, I might not try as hard as I have. I think knowing that my fate rests entirely in my hands, and that I don’t have anything to fall back onto has kept me striving forward. So yeah, risk has been a key player in what’s made me the filmmaker that I am.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most common thing I hear from people who have seen my films is that they all have heart. And I would most certainly agree. My work is never hollow. It never feels like I phoned in a performance. I take everything seriously and always pour my all into it. Even if the project isn’t my best, there is still a little piece of my soul in it. And I think that is what defines my brand. My films are more than just forgettable pieces of mindless entertainment, they’re all different parts of me.

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.
I’m not much of a socialite, though I do know some really cool places to film. But let’s be honest, if you’re my best friend, and you’re visiting me, you know for a fact we’re gonna be filming above all else.

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 would like to take a moment to give a shout out to some of my production company’s (Blinky Productions Inc.) key players: 1. My wonder wife and producing partner, Lindsey Bean 2. Actor extraordinaire, Shannon McDermott 3. The amazing Laura Van Yck 4. Rising star, Tom Proprofsky 5. The versatile actor Heath Harper 6. Powerhouse actor, Dani Scott 7. Legendary scream queen, Debra Lamb 8. The stunning Llenelle Gibson 9. And everyone else featured on this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Blinky500/photos/?tab=album&album_id=867316149972767

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