We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Gootnick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
I hate when people tell me to “play it safe.” Safety never gets you anywhere. You need to take risks creatively, artistically. The work I want to create in the future needs to be bold. It requires an adventurous spirit where you can delve into the unknown. You need to be willing to make mistakes, learn from them, and keep going. That is where the best art comes from.
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.
My videos express who I am. I am proud of what I have created but see my work as only the beginning of a long journey. I want to push myself further than I have gone before and see my current work as the foundation for my future career aspirations. It hasn’t always been easy because filmmaking exists in such a competitive market. You really need to challenge the voices that tell you how you should go about things and push for a vision you want. I want the world to know that I’m here to tell stories that make an impact, that influence the way people think about the world and certain aspects of their lives.
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?
If my best friend were to visit me in the city, I would give them a proper tour of LA. I would take them to different parts of the city- the Eastside, Westside, Hollywood, and DTLA. I would probably meet up with friends at the Silver Lake Reservoir and then spend the night at Zebulon. I would take them to Venice Beach and then end at Venice Townhouse, a spot where I saw some amazing jazz music in their basement. I’m sure I would take them to Tatsu Ramen in Hollywood, The Broad, and maybe some after-hours parties downtown. Those are my favorites, the ones that go late into the morning. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my family and friends for their support. I also want to thank Dillon Einbund for always challenging me and pushing me.