We had the good fortune of connecting with Genie Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genie, what inspires you?
I am inspired differently depending on what I’m getting inspired FOR. When I write about art, I am inspired by the work itself. When I write about any subject that involves interviews, whether it is a business owner, activist, artist, writer, inventor, or the subject of a memoir – the subject inspires me, some answer given, some spark expressed. When I write about travel, I am inspired by the experience. And when I write fiction, whether it is a novel or a script, I am inspired by an image, a place, an emotion. Poetry is almost always inspired by emotion, or someone else’s image or thought; perhaps a dream. Straight-up content or business writing, tech or science articles, the inspiration comes from making something or someone sound their best — so I do not take on “any” assignment in this regard; I have to be fine with supporting it. Finally, I am inspired in my life by the people I love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always written. Whether it is journalism, a novel, a script – I write, and I know, no matter how immodest it is to say so, that I am good at it, in terms of perception and entering or shaping a world of sorts, which others can also enter. But I am also a hybrid – I’ve had my own business almost my entire adult life, whether it is as a producer and writer of a wide range of marketing and educational media, a novelist or screen or TV writer, or as a journalist and publisher. I think what sets me apart is not just my ability as a writer and producer, but that I can offer advice, shape marketing and media, and speak to a good and efficient return on effort. I am that hybrid — kind of like a hybrid car, too – you get a lot of mileage from working with me.
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?
Pre or future post-pandemic times, I imagine – so here’s my plan for a fun weekend. Day One: Friday A walk on the beach – probably Hermosa Beach, to Manhattan Beach, with croissants and fruit from home along the way. After cleaning up, a wonderful lunch at a local spot in Hermosa, like Palmila for Mexican food, Radici for Italian, or Mosa for California cuisine. A night of comedy at UCB Franklin since the more-wonderful IO Theater on Hollywood Blvd. is now gone. Late night dinner at the casual Sushi Stop. Late night pie and drink at Canter’s on Fairfax. Saturday Morning yoga at my favorite studio, Yoga M.B. in Manhattan Beach. It’s a very spiritual practice, and the Vinyassa flow is fun, too. Casual breakfast at Good Stuff, Hermosa Beach. An afternoon and evening of gallery hopping – favorites like the collectives and galleriests at the Bendix building in DTLA – Durden and Ray, TSA, Monte Vista, Track 16, Von Lintel, ViCA; head west to Gabba Gallery on Beverly, grab some sushi or Korean food in Koreatown. Or maybe wait in line for a terrific veggie burger at Monty’s and eat on the sidewalk. Or, if we stayed downtown, then Italian dinner at Rossublu is a must; the whole trout is amazing and easily split; drinks late night at the Ace Hotel rooftop or Perch, also in DTLA. Day Two Sunday A visit to Wayfarer’s Chapel, the Wright-designed glass chapel and Swedenborgian church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Afterwards, make a scenic drive with views of the South Bay. Make a stop at the Korean Peace Bell, take a hike in the hills or explore the Sunken City with its arty grafitti. There are several lighthouses in the San Pedro area to enjoy, too. Swing north for an evening stroll on the Venice boardwalk, or head to Santa Monica pier for a ride on the big Ferris wheel. Dinner at Cassia in Santa Monica, or Birdie G’s also in Santa Monica, in the Bergamont complex. If there are any open galleries, stop on in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who deserve this kind of recognition – art and social community leaders such as Kristine Schomaker at Shoebox Projects/PR; Jason Ostro, owner of Gabba Gallery; and of course so many friends and precious loved ones in my life.
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