We had the good fortune of connecting with Edward Halstead and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edward, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Remember when you were 8 years old, and you couldn’t beat that one level on Super Mario 64, and you thought about giving up. I bet you didn’t… now remember how rewarding it felt once you did beat it and the lessons you learned from beating it that helped you complete the rest of the game. Giving up really isn’t in my vocabulary; the feeling definitely comes up here and there, but I find once you change your approach to the problem you face, you can overcome that feeling. I push myself and others around me to keep going when we face adversity. It’s a higher power challenging us to keep us on our toes and not get complacent. These challenges shouldn’t be feared; they should be conquered and learned from, they help us grow as a person. Always keep going, no matter what, because you never know what the next level might bring, this goes for everything in life, not just for creatives. When I’m personally struggling, and I begin to question my ability to keep going, I ask myself;
“Am I where I wanted to be when I first started?”
However, with all this being said, everyone is different, what works for me may not necessarily work for anyone else. The trick is to find your own process that helps you keep going.
Per Ardua Ad Astra.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Let me start by saying that my story is just beginning, and the only way is up… from what I can see. It’s been through sheer determination that I am where I am today; co-writing my first feature, two TV shows developed and ready to be produced and further developing another one; just a few of the exciting projects I’m working on. I’m happy to be busy, and I’m extremely thankful for anyone who has shared their ideas with me and has requested my input. In these trying times, it really helped to have something to focus on that I could put my whole self into. I’m always learning; that’s the beauty of being in this business, you have to be constantly learning. I recently learned that you shouldn’t rush anything, everything of worth needs time and patience, and when it’s ready, you’ll know; no matter what pressure you get from someone who says they can deliver or do for you, don’t get blindsided. Things get half-hearted when you rush something, and in the TV and Film industry, nothing should ever be half-hearted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Luckily enough, I’ve been in the position where I’ve had friends visit from the UK, and I had to help them plan their holiday with things to do, of course. I’ll be the first to admit that the UK is a bit backwards in food options, no real Japanese, Mexican, Korean or Vietnamese options; when someone comes to visit me, I will take them to eat at Korean BBQ, most likely Ayce Gogi on Van Nuys Blvd. The experience and the sheer amount of food you can eat will shock you by the time you’re ordering a third round of bulgogi, and the beer towers are always a pleasure. However, if we need something quick, if we’ve had a few too many in the bar one night and we’re looking for something to soak it up, one of the beauties of LA at night are the beacons of a nearby taco truck; tacos filled to the brim with carne asada, packed with flavour in every bite. My friends and I love a good pint, we’re British at heart, it’s in our nature, and 3 of my favourite places are Fantasia if you need sports, a game of pool, or just great service, then that’s the place to be. Next up is El Tejano, frozen margaritas so powerful you’ll be unable to play the human-sized Jenga game they have. The final watering hole that’s 100% worth the visit for any beer lover is the Yard House, the selection of premium beer is to die for.
But we need something to do during the day, I hear you ask! A guaranteed, sure-fire win is any sporting event, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB all year round there are sports in LA, and each of the LA-based teams has some of the most passionate fans. The crowds are loud, and the atmosphere is addictive; whether you follow the sport or not, you’ll have a good time.
A good way to spend the day is visiting Universal Studios, Disneyland, Warner Bros or Paramount Studios. All are packed with enough popular culture that any nerd will find something they enjoy.
But not everything needs money, and there’s plenty that LA has to offer that doesn’t cost a dime and worth the adventure; Runyon Canyon Park for some spectacular views, Zuma or Venice Beach and one of my all-time favourites, The Griffith Observatory and Park.
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?
From the very beginning, my decision to go into TV and Film was supported by my parents, under one condition, that I give it my all every day, every opportunity. Since then, I haven’t stopped; I don’t think I can now, the determination to keep going has been hardwired into my brain.
I have to give a shoutout to Andrew Scully and Cinnamon Hoobler; for the past few years, we’ve been working together on a comedy series called, Caretakers. This incredible thing we’ve created together as a team is on a rocket ship, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have both of them by my side on this journey. The ups and downs, we share to help each other. They have helped me see that everyone needs a team of people that they trust in everything they do; people who will be there when things get tough but aren’t afraid to push you to deliver the best possible work.
Alvaro Sebastian Gonzalez, every idea I ever have, he’s one of the first to know about it; he tells me the facts with no bull. He made the transition to life in LA so much easier and showed me all the places to go, and in doing so, we shared goals, ideals, and so much in common. He’s more than just a work buddy or a friend, and I consider him a brother.