We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabrice Sapolsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fabrice, why did you pursue a creative career?
I guess I just couldn’t escape it (laughs). My mother tried to discourage me. She almost succeeded. But there was too much desire for me to express myself. It was impossible to contain it. I tried, though. I studied History in college, but I knew it was not my thing. I have a degree. My family’s happy. But I knew early on this wasn’t going to be my life. I started drawing as soon as I could. I was writing stories at a very young age. They were kids stories, of course, they weren’t that interesting, but I always had that in me.
In my teenage years, I was creating comic books and fanzines with my brother.
We were creating content without even thinking it was possible to make a living out of it.
He ended up being a successful director for TV and commercials. And I dedicated my life to comic books! (laughs).
My mom ended up being very proud and accepted that we were those kind of creative people.
The interesting thing is that my mother was a good artist but she never developed that talent. My grand mother too, on my mom’s side. The creative side is this side of the family.
And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My three kids are very creative in their own way.
My nephew is studying animation and is a great artist already. It definitely runs in the family.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Mmmm… I have to say, I’m not really that kind of guy. I rarely go out. First, I have a lot of work. Then, we’re living in COVID times.
That said, Los Angeles is a fascinating town.
Everything here is hidden. I had been warned. One of my friend told me when I came: “you’ll see. From an outsider’s perspective, L.A. is just blocks in the desert. But it’s more than meet the eye. You just have to find it.”
He was right. The more I’m here, the more I discover places.
There are so many wonderful options here.
I recently discovered the Griddle Cafe/Yamashiro in Hollywood. What a view! We waited 90 mn to get a table, but it was worth the wait.
Jon & Vinnie on Fairfax blew me away too. Their desserts are European quality level. And I know what I’m talking about, I’m French! (laughs).
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?
Many people played a very important role in my career. I’m mostly self-made, but I couldn’t have made it to where I am today without a bunch of key people who gravitated around me. My family (my mother, my kids, my brothers and sisters, my cousins), Justin, Xavier, Lise, David Hine, Fershid, Myriam, Fred Pham Chuong, Joe Illidge, Jud, Ronnie, Joe Keatinge, Richard Stakings, my wife Kristal and many more that I can’t add here or it’d become a heavy phone book!