We had the good fortune of connecting with Genellyn Driver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genellyn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I am constantly pursuing creative and/or independent careers. I have worked for a number of not great companies/individuals and I don’t like the idea of my livelihood being dependent on how someone else feels about me at any moment.
My life should be my own, I want to be able to earn money and work the hours that I want to and enjoy what I’m doing!
Freedom to travel, spend time with friends and family, etc. is very important to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know if I consider myself a “Professional”, still working on that title. As far as writer/author goes, I wrote my first children’s book when I was 13 for a creative writing class, it was an essay that I later self-published and can now be found on Amazon, it’s called How To Invite An Elephant to tea.
It’s definitely not easy to be creative, at least for me. I get overwhelmed with all the possibilities and just and end up paralyzed. I get caught up in the idea of something needing to be perfect to get started, or I have to start right at the beginning.
You really don’t! Start anywhere, just GET STARTED! You don’t have to know everything or exactly what things need to look like, sometimes you just have to jump in and go!
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.
Day 1: California Science Center & Walking Food Tour of Downtown LA, Griffith Observatory
Day 2: Manhattan Beach, you can’t come to LA and not check out a beach! Manhattan Beach is one of my faves!
Day 3: Malibu Wines is fun Wine Tasting spot, also near the beach, can’t go to the beach too many times.
Day 4: Escape Rooms! Escape rooms are pretty much everywhere in the country, but they’re still fun and they’re all different. After a few Escape rooms, I would hit up Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s a fun, easy going amusement park.
Day 5: Warner Brothers Studio Tour is so much fun. You get to go behind the scenes and onto the sound stages of actual movies, and you get to learn fun facts and stuff.
Day 6: DISNEYLAND! It’s my favorite place. It’s an LA staple if you’re here for your first time.
Day 7: Their last day, would let them choose, lol.
Downtown Culver City is my favorite hangout spot! Especially for brunch and having drinks at night. It’s smaller, the parking is pretty easy, so we would definitely go there a couple of times.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have ALWAYS supported me in my many career attempts. Whenever I said there was something new I wanted to try or was thinking about, they were 100% behind me! I even thought about becoming a poker player at one point and my dad was giving me books and telling me where I could find lessons!
They never said I couldn’t or shouldn’t do something. They also believe it’s better for me to work for myself.