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

Hi Chris, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My decision to pursue a creative career comes from the freedom and artistic high that I feel from the work. I have the ability to express myself in ways that enable me to be vulnerable. Art allows me to pull from the bad experiences I’ve had in life and turn them into something beautiful. My work has also taught me how to be present in my everyday life. Taking in the current moment will make you appreciate everything so much more. The impact that art can have on the world in a positive way is even more important to me. Using storytelling as a tool to help bring light to a subject is a huge reason of why I became a writer and director. The legacy of what I leave behind is very important to me. I want that legacy to be filled with stories that helped to change the world.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The lessons and experiences that I have received in my career have been essential to me growing as an artist. Learning to accept failure has been the biggest lesson for me to understand. Even though I strive for all of my work to be perfect I know that there will be mistakes. Learning from these mistakes is what is necessary to further your craft. I needed for them to happen to find my style of filmmaking. I’ve utilized what I’ve learned to tell stories that make the audience take in the present moment. I want them to walk away from seeing my projects having a deeper understanding of life. My production company, Calico Rock Films focuses on stories that can help change your perspective on subjects in a positive way.

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.
Rainbow is one of my favorite bars to go out to. The amount of rock history that place holds is amazing. No Vacancy is also a great place to go to for drinks. Point Dume is a beautiful getaway from the city. Going to Aroma and then stopping by Kreation across the street is the most cliche LA thing to do but I can’t deny how great both of those places are. The wisdom tree hike in my opinion will give you one of the best views of the valley and the city. The Record Parlour is also one of my favorite places to go to.

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 dedicate my shoutout to quite a few people who have helped to mold me into the person and artist that I am today. My parents are my biggest support system and I can’t thank them enough for everything that they have done for me. My brother has helped me through every step of my journey in life and has taught me to push the boundaries of art. Shelley Mitchell opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me. I will forever be grateful for the wisdom that she has taught me. Scott Williams has graced me with an abundance of knowledge and advice since I was in high school making my first short films. I’m beyond appreciative of these and so many others that have helped me along my path.

Instagram: chris_shaw_

Other: Email: calicorockfilms@gmail.com

Image Credits
Christian DeAnda Eli Dewitz

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