We had the good fortune of connecting with Grant Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Grant, how do you think about risk?
I used to be scared of risks. The idea of doing something out of your comfort zone and putting yourself or your work out into the world is… to say the least, scary. There are millions of people that have the same dreams and ambitions as you. They want to write, direct, produce, create, yet everyone is stuck at the same safe level because they are afraid to truly fight for what they deserve.

In 2020 I graduated college in St. Louis, Missouri. I had been shipped back home from Vienna, Austria due to the global pandemic and truly felt at a standstill. What’s next? These dreams and aspirations I’ve had for years are now due to happen but I’m stuck in the same little hometown I’ve lived in my entire life. I thought about it for a few weeks and decided to pick up my bags and move alone to Los Angeles, CA.

I would say that’s been my biggest risk. To pick up everything over what others called a pipe dream. I have since established myself and have worked on multiple projects. The risk paid off, but I question to myself on why that move was even considered a risk.

There is one goal on my to-do list for 2022. I will get my first pilot made. I’ve learned to mitigate risks by firmly turning “want” into “will” in all of my sentences. Would you rather say “I want to have my first pilot made this year” or “I will have my first pilot made this year.” By doing this, I am eliminating all risks from the equation. I don’t need to worry about reaching out to a producer or agent because why should that be considered a risk rather than a step towards my goal? We can take these risks and turn them into stepping stones to get what we want accomplished.

Risks are so outdated. To be a creator you need to take control of society’s risks and remove them from our lives completely. It’s the only way to move forward and be confident in your art. We all want to be successful, but by sitting back and letting each opportunity pass by, it’s going to be hard.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

Diverse and inclusive stories are hard to come by. We catch ourselves watching long hours of television and film to end a movie and not see an authentic story represented. I am a Gen-Z writer who has not once seen my generation properly portrayed on TV. Everyday older writers are creating storylines about young adults in the modern age and personally I feel most are out of touch with the reality we are faced with. We need young writers included in the mix to tell genuine and original stories and that is what I am doing.

I am currently very excited to be developing a new young adult drama series titled “Black Sheep.” The goal with this show is to highlight real stories while keeping the tone and dialogue true to the generations of the characters. I wish I could tell more, but this is the next wave of television and there is no fun in spoiling it, right?

The world should know that young writers/creators are the future and it is never too early to start including them in conversations. There is an entire market of young adults unexplored. It is time to let its own leaders explore it.

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?

If my best friend was visiting me in Los Angeles, I have a few places I would take them.

On day 1 we would start with a warmer day. I would pick them up from the airport, we would eat In n Out, and settle into the city while showing them local stores / restaurants near me.

On day 2 we would have a beach day. I always take my friends to Malibu and this would be no exception. We would park at Point Dume and spend the day there while watching the sunset. We would come back home, go to Prego Pizzeria, and enjoy our food!

Day 3 would be a bit more exciting. We would start the day with some coffee at Beachwood cafe and head to Lake Hollywood Park to see the Hollywood sign. We’d then get some lunch off the Hollywood strip and check out some of the famous attractions along the boulevard. From there we would head to Beverly Hills and hit up Rodeo Drive to look (not purchase) and walk around Century Center mall.

Day 4 would be my attempt to make my best friend go on a hike with me. I love the hike up to Wisdom tree as the views are immaculate, however, most likely we would have to settle on a simple walk around the lake at Balboa park. At night we would head over to the Santa Monica Pier and ride the rollercoaster and get some dinner over the water.

On day 5 we would take an excursion out of the city. Laguna beach or a long drive up north on the PCH. We would check our local restaurants and find a good place to stay.

Day 6 would be more of a relaxing day. We would take this day to go anywhere we can find on Google that we both have not been. It’s always fun to explore things for the first time with your best friend. So who knows? An escape room? A helicopter ride? Or maybe an aerial dance class!

Day 7 would the be sad goodbye. We would start it off with a nice breakfast at More Than Waffles in Encino and take a stroll around the area before heading off to the airport.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

This is so encouraging! I want to speak in the present with this answer. I have had many supporters and amazing people mentor me through life. However, currently I have two close friends who have been my number ones since moving to Los Angeles. They help me keep a positive attitude and keep my dreams alive.

Azizi Donnelly – Actress / Writer
Mckenna Ralston – Actress / Writer

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