We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Klein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Embracing risk is an essential aspect of working in the film industry. Your growth as an artist will stagnate if you don’t take the risk of committing to projects that are more challenging than what you’ve done before. In order to make a name for yourself, you have to go through that iterative process multiple times, risking your reputation each time. Then, when you get to the point where you’ve made enough of a name for yourself to have multiple work opportunities available, you’re still making a bet that the one you pick will turn out to be the right one, creatively and logistically. So there’s really no getting around the fact that you’ll be taking lots of risks, but that’s what keeps the process fresh, exciting, and ultimately rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career in visual effects and motion graphics starts from a genuine love for the craft that began in childhood. Without the years of self-teaching on my own time, I would not have gotten into film school. Without the years of accelerated learning and extensive time to hone skills in a supportive environment provided by film school, I would not have been able to land my first job in the film industry. Then, a lot of self-motivation and self-management was still necessary, as I was working as an individual freelancer and therefore couldn’t rely on some outside entity to design my schedule. Those freelance years led to me landing the studio artist position I now occupy, where every day I rely on the artistic and logistical skills I’ve developed over the years to get things looking good and done on time. So the thing I feel most compelled to share about my journey is the idea that you need to nourish your right-brained senses of organization and discipline as much as your left-brained senses of bohemian love and creativity.
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.
My latest LA obsession has been exploring the rollerskating scene. There’s plenty of parks, shops and meetup groups to help one get started (I skate with @sk818rollerskatingclub). Once you’re feeling comfortable, my favorite place to skate is the Sepulveda Dam. You always see something interesting there since it’s an incredibly photogenic spot – dancers, bikers, photographers, other skaters, etc. There’s nothing like working up an appetite while skating and then feasting on some Dave’s Hot Chicken, Sweetgreen, or Wurstküche. I’m also a big fan of the drive-ins and outdoor stand-up shows that have been helping keep the flame of movies and comedy alive during these pandemic times. Secret Movie Club and Lowkey Outside are two organizations putting on events like that.
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?
The company I currently work for, Ingenuity Studios: https://www.ingenuitystudios.com/
Chandler Perry, Victor Ingles, Christian Klein, Surfaces