We had the good fortune of connecting with Corbin Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corbin, we’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work. Can you open up a bit about your work and career?
Of course, thank you. Put simply I’m a director and DP specializing in short film, commercial, music video, and travel documentary work– but we didn’t get here by just playing one part. I spent the last 8+ years pivoting between available production roles or just tackling smaller projects myself; writing, producing, directing, shooting, editing, coloring. I enjoyed each in a unique way and built not only technical knowledge of the process but also my appreciation for those who are masters of the intricacies of their niche. From script to screen I’ve run the gamut, but at the core– I just consider myself a storyteller.
Were there any challenges doing it yourself?
What is filmmaking if not one giant problem-solving-palooza? But yes, that actually leads me to one of my biggest personal challenges– choosing a path. I’ll admit this is a relatively new initiative. After being a lone wolf artist-for-hire it became difficult to balance the growing workload and constantly switch brains between logistical and artistic roles. I’ve found I perform at my peak in a hands-on creative headspace. All this to say I remain unafraid to explore anything I’m interested in, or terrified of. For example, I’m over halfway through my 2nd year of acting school, something that I’ve always had passion and extreme respect for but lacked the confidence to do. The nerves are gone, the sky hasn’t fallen, and I’m having fun exploring the other side. I tend to intentionally shake things up when I feel like life or work has any degree of stagnancy. Always pursuing ways to enrich my storytelling ability and change perspectives. A lot of times, my own.
Always a good idea to find new perspectives. What can we expect next from you?
In my spare time I’m producing a personal project titled “Love Letter to LA” which is a hybrid travel short / visual poem highlighting how I got here and what I love about the culture. It’s a great creative outlet and motivation to get personal with my surroundings. I think it’s important to keep these types of projects on your radar to nourish your love for the craft and ground yourself in your artistic truth.
That sounds like something we here at Shoutout LA can get behind. What things would you attribute the success of your work to?
Obviously you need to constantly find ways to embellish your talents and learn more– either through a great school program, self-education, or working under someone– but I attribute a lot of my success to simply stepping out and making friends. You never know what amazing individuals you’ll meet and new opportunities that will present themselves when you run from your comfort zone. Finding your people is important in so many aspects, not just your career. Also, I’ve learned to never wait for anyone to tell you it’s OK to start creating things. Believe in your brain. Believe in your taste. Movement in any direction is progress and the rest will fall perfectly into place.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
They’d probably need a month to even put a dent in this town. I’d probably start in Malibu to hit them with that classic coastal beauty at El Matador Beach or Point Dume. If we’re talking food don’t miss the quintessential rooftop restaurant stop. My current favorite is Calabra in Santa Monica… what a VIBE. Shoutout Corey Staley aka The Queen of Recommendations for that discovery. As a self-proclaimed burrito aficionado my go-to’s for Mexican cuisine are Pinches, Tocaya, and Tu Madre. *chef’s kiss*. For brunch I’m not sure you can understate the greatness of Millie’s in Silver Lake, and if we’re over there then sit tight, digest and get a Smashburger from Burgers Never Say Die. The best cheesy, melt-in-your-mouth delicacy I’ve ever had. The line out front agrees. Better call ahead.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Alright storytime… When I was 20 I spent a couple of weeks down in San Diego with my long-time friend Seeno Shahrooz. As my trip came to a close he drove me to the airport to jet-set back to Milwaukee, WI, where I lived at the time. We pulled up to the terminal and I said, “man, I love it here. I’m just not ready to leave”… he took a short pause and replied, “then don’t”… So my flight took off without me on it. Today he owns an incredibly successful recording studio in the valley and we’ve always fed each other with networking and opportunity. If it weren’t for his mentorship, trust, and support– my life could’ve taken a much different trajectory. Find your people, rise together.
Corey Staley, Sean Gallitz, David Rogers, Alex Rinks