We had the good fortune of connecting with Corey Crandall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corey, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been a creative person, but there was something about Television and Film that sparked a lot of interest when considering a career. I wanted a job that would allow me to make a positive impact on the world. With the current state of California, there is not a lot that we can look forward to. Some days, all we do is watch TV, so being able to provide people with an escape and something that can make them smile has always been a driving force behind why i love my job. Getting started was a long journey because as an independent contractor nothing is guaranteed, but as I’ve progressed I’ve been able to build my life around a handful of network shows that give me the kind of schedule I’ve always strived for. I work hard for 8 months out of the year, and then get a break to pursue some other passions or just relax! For me, I’ve always loved bee keeping so my girlfriend and I have created a company @SNCHoney to bring some locally made honey to the greater LA area. If I had a regular 9-5 office job, there’s no way I’d be able to keep up with the bees but I am blessed to have been afforded a life that is good, and brings love to the world!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my line of work you tend to wear a lot of different hats depending on the project. In Television I work with talent and stage management teams and in film I either work with the Art team or the AD team. All departments have been incredible in showing me what I am capable of. There are some projects in both film and television that I am incredibly proud of. In TV I am honored to be a part of one of the few live shows left, Dancing with the Stars. I get to work with some of the most incredible Stage Managers and Talent I could ever dream of and it’s something I look forward to every season. In Film there are two movies I’ve worked on that have really shaped how Important i feel film can be. The first being Initiation. On that project I had the opportunity to work under an incredible 1st AD Travis LaSalle who gave me the drive to want to continue down the Assistant Director path. I got to work with him again on a project titled The Social Dilemma. This movie was one that shocked the world with its in-depth look at social media and how it is affecting us as a society. It was an incredible experience and I couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it. Getting to the point where i was able to make these films was not easy. It came with a lot of uncertainty about my future and finances. I had to work hard to find jobs, and then once i found them, I had to make sure i worked as hard as I could to not only keep them, but to be the kind of worker the production would want to have back. Life can get a little overwhelming when you never know what the next job is going to be, but knowing that i have surrounded myself with people who have the same goals and aspirations and an incredible support system makes the journey a whole lot easier.
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?
Well, in the current climate I’d tell them to go back home (just kidding) but if the world was back to normal and my best friend was coming the places that come to mind are as follows. Back on the Beach Cafe in Santa Monica offers an incredible dining experience while in the sand next to the Santa Monica Pier. From there I think Id want to head over to Malibu to walk around the Country Mart. They offer a huge variety of shops and snack items like sun life where you can grab something quick before heading to the beach. On another day I think Id like to head over for some great sushi at Sushi 101 in Brentwood and than maybe to the la break tar pits. I think the final place id like to go although a little out of LA would be to my favorite golf course The Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people that i would like to thank in building my confidence to a point where i am comfortable in the success I’ve worked hard for. For starters, my family. Their support has been the driving force behind a lot of my decisions and I couldn’t thank them enough for there love. Secondly, like to thank my “work parents” Kevin Curry and Tracy Poellnitz. They saw something in me that I didn’t always see in myself and they pushed me to work harder every day. Lastly, I’d like to thank my girlfriend and business partner Steph. She has always believed in me and had my back. This work is stressful and to have someone that understands my schedule, and supports whatever I want to do is more than I could ever ask for.
Other: @SNCHoney on Instagram