We had the good fortune of connecting with Dom Bournés and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dom, how do you think about risk?
My entire life has been about taking the creative risks and making bold decisions that go against what everyone else is doing. In order to stand out, I believe you have be loud and bring that energy. Risks are only risks when you don’t study and do your homework prior to making a decision so I love researching an idea before the execution phase. Risk essentially is challenging the norm to do something new.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art lives in the fantastical and whimsical. I have always had a love for animals, words, and wackiness. Taking classic characters and parodying them has helped me find my own voice with original characters, but that’s how it started with me from a young age. I grew up doing theatre, small school plays and church pageants. I hit a new level when I started doing sketch comedy in high school as a writer and developing an entire student-run show from scratch. I began my own sketch troupe in college called The Suspenders and that really helped to shape where I wanted to go next. I have experimented with devise theatre, improv, clowning, immersive, and many other forms to become as well-rounded as I can. I like to curate my art around some of the greatest thinkers and hopefully say something new in a fresh way.
What sets me apart from others is my diverse interests outside of creativity. I love learning and will deep dive on scientific subjects, sports, other business.
With Acute Animation, Davey, DeLon and I truly want to innovate in telling stories for groups of people who have yet to be heard. We will do it with humor and engaging characters and give the world a different spectacle that can truly entertain. Starting a company during this time period has taught us the value of patience and engaging with each part of the process in a way that continues to make it fun.
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?
The red memorial garden near the philosophy hall at USC was a favorite place to relax and mine new thoughts. The small coffee shop in the Korean church near campus served the best lemon tea of my entire life! Post-college, Disneyland is always a great staycation as well as The Huntington Gardens to just get lost in nature’s museum. I’m a sucker for a great bookstore and Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena has an amazing selection and an expansive area just for its stationary! There is a quick coffee shop right next door to create the perfect place to find your next adventure. Lastly, Larchmont village is a quiet neighborhood with another small bookstore and an amazing cheese shop with the best prosciutto sandwich. It reminds me of a neighborhood from “The Lady and the Tramp.”
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all my creative partners over the years from Chicago to LA who have shared a stage, a class, a laugh with me. There are so many people who have influenced my journey, many accidentally.
To all my Acute Animation collaborators- Davey Jarrell, DeLon Warren, Abbie Lukavsky, Barry Strum, Megan Maniago, Josh Grondin and many more!
And to my mother for teaching me to read at a young age and taking me on trips all over the country to open my eyes to new experiences and believing that I could always chase my dreams.