We had the good fortune of connecting with David Skato and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how do you think about risk?
I think that the old adage no risk no reward is absolutely true. Risks play a role in my life every day. From big risks like what film to produce next to minimal risks like drinking milk that expired yesterday. In my career, I’ve found that if you calculate the risk just enough to make it rewarding but not overthink it to the point of talking yourself out of it, then you will continue to succeed. At times you will fail undoubtedly but with the proper calculations, it won’t hurt as bad.
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.
The best way to describe what I do is, “I craft stories”. This is different because it’s not just film making, it’s idea generation, writing, producing, casting, shooting, directing, and editing. The real meaning of full control of the story from idea to premiere. I am most proud of being able to thrive in a city like no other. LA. If I had to answer the question “how did I get here” I would say learning. Lots of learning new things every day. Getting to this point wasn’t easy as with most success stories. I overcame challenges by always following my heart and ignoring people with ill intent. Not much can faze me. That’s the best benefit of coming from nothing. Anything that could be done to me, has already been outdone by the streets of Mississippi. I want the world to know that I take crafting stories very seriously. My brand is “thought-provoking change”. My stories involve the human experience and strive to make the audience answer questions that lie deep within themselves.
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.
The first place I would take them is to the Getty Museum to start the trip with a chill environment and get over any jet lag they may be experiencing. I would show them the normal visitor attractions of course. I would also mix in some of the cool escape rooms that LA has to offer. To top it off, I would take them on some of the vast hiking trails. As far as what to eat, LA has too many great places to name. On the last day, I would take them to Lake Balboa to just relax and ride the swan boats.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, who puts up with all my crazy ideas, deserves credit for my continued success.