We had the good fortune of connecting with David Zuckerman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art has always been a part of my life. Early on, I was a terrible insomniac. To remedy this, my mother would lay out a giant piece of butcher paper, and tell me to “draw her a picture.” The next morning, she’d find me asleep on a giant hand-drawn image. That passion for art transferred over to a passion for film. I became obsessed with movies; how they were made, what they meant, and how they were changing. It was a big scary step to tell two doctor parents that I wanted “to make movies” for a living… Needless to say, they weren’t thrilled. But it was situations like that that forced me to pursue it further. I’ve always had the personality that works harder if you tell me I can’t. Through my studies and schooling though, I found that not only was this my exact passion… I wasn’t terrible at it either.
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 media we produce revolves a lot around our passions. I have an extensive background in martial arts and stuntwork, so a lot of our films and videos involve high intensity, movement, and action. As of lately, I’ve been tapping into stories from my own past. Being First Nations, I’m excited to open a window into Native culture and art… Something that the world needs a lot of. Like anything in the film industry, creating our art was not easy. We ran into roadblock after roadblock but through perseverance and hard work, we’ve gotten to the place we are now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots in the city are the ones off of the beaten path. I grew up in the vast state of Alaska, so the great outdoors is my place. I love going out to the desert. Mountain climbing and hiking are some of my favorite activities, so you’ll usually find me halfway up a hill somewhere. The beach is another place of solace for me.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my friends. I’m incredibly blessed to not only have a great group of loyal friends but loyal and trustworthy collaborators. I have a lot of big crazy ideas, and they’re the ones who have helped fulfill those ideas into reality. Any filmmaker will tell you, nothing happens because of one person, and I cant attest to that. The great artists and friends that I’ve surrounded myself with are the real ones that deserve the shoutout.