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

Hi Daniel, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Three things:

1. Do the work.
2. Invest in people, help others.
3. Be willing to receive help when it’s needed.

A lot of people can’t make it past #1. Look, if you don’t do the work, just stop reading now.

I’m a writer. Somebody recently asked me what the best thing is about my writing. I think they wanted me to say something like “My characters are so amazing, my dialogue is the best ever,” etc. But my answer was: “Finishing.”

If you’re a writer, then write. And put something down in a form that is complete, so that it can be shared with others. Start your script or novel, then finish it. I basically broke into the comics business because I demonstrated an ability to create completed, finished work. I created and published my first book “Prophet” with artist Anthony Diecidue, which laid a path for Anthony and I to publish “Moriarty” with Image Comics and be distributed worldwide just a few years later. So, start something, then finish it. That’s what doing the work means.

There are a lot of writers out there who may do #1, but they are not willing to do #2. Personally, I love relationship-building. I like making friends and investing in people. I especially like making friends with people that do different things than I do, folks that I can learn from. I like helping those that need help. And when you’re in a healthy community space, #3 will happen: people will be there to help you when you need it.

Sharing your art is very important. I personally believe that art is at its best when it’s made public. This does not mean that you have to share EVERYTHING. We may write some stinkers, or things that are too personal to share. Maybe you need to write something down as a form of therapy; yes, keep that private. Ultimately, though, if you want to be serious as a working artist, you need to create a work that you are willing to expose to the world. When that happens, when people are allowed to experience your art, you can then change lives. Because you have accomplished rules #1 and #2. Rule #3 will then have a chance to happen.

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.
I like to think that everything that I do adds up to one big picture. In college, I earned three degrees: a B.A. in Music, B.A. in Journalism, and an Associates in Digital Media. When I was young, I used to think that I studied in three vastly different areas that would never intersect. The truth is, they overlap every day. You have to have digital media skills in order to function in journalism and broadcast news. You have to know music if you’re going to write about it and interview musicians. And you know how they say “Write what you know”? The more you know, the more there is to write about!

I started off in performing arts, singing and acting in theater, which led me to script writing. Writing plays led to writing comics. Writing for Image Comics led to writing screenplays, which I have earned some awards for in the past few years. Then story writing led me to journalism and working in transcription for major news networks. After all of that, I dove into songwriting, which sharpened my critical thinking so much that I was finally able dive in and write a novel. Along the way, a desire to create visual art led me to photography, which led to creating my first photo book, “Map of the World,” which I had learned how to do while making comics.

There is no simple way to overcome challenges. If you apply the three rules that I talked about before, you can find ways to do things. You will succeed, you will fail. Like I said, it all adds up to one big picture. If you’re good to people and show love, something good will result.

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 love to take visitors to Broadway in Downtown to see Grand Central Market, fave “Blade Runner” location The Bradbury, other film locations like The Westin Bonaventure, the gorgeous Central Library, Angel’s Flight, the Disney Concert Hall. In Hollywood, catch a movie at The Egyptian or TCL Chinese Theatre, see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Catch a rock and roll show at The Whiskey, The Viper Room. Head towards the ocean and check out The Getty, the Santa Monica Pier. So many amazing things to see here!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many! So many good friends, so many fantastically talented artists. People like my managers David Server and Ray Miller at Archetype, who are always taking care of me. There’s Anabel DFlux, who mentors me in photography. Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse, aka Batfarm, who are two of the most talented and hardworking rock musicians you’ll ever meet. Filmmaker James Cotten, who helps me navigate the film business. Musician and producer Daniel Lanois, who shaped the music of my life. There’s Laurel Harris, who is the most talented and hardest-working actor that I’ve ever met. Amanda Raymond, who is a filmmaking force of nature. My dear friends Andie K and Marie Pettit, aka The Key of F, whom I have worked with in multiple venues and have been the best friends one could ask for. Ken Eulo, my foundational mentor in acting and writing. My alma mater Full Sail University, who is always giving me opportunities and encouragement. My parents, my sister Robin. Most of all, my wife Brenda, who loves and somehow tolerates me.

Website: https://dangerkatt.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedangerkatt/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dcdkatt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DangerKatt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.corey/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHO3xC1lmUSNj2mr6c2ulWw

Image Credits
Alexx Calise

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