We had the good fortune of connecting with Gregory Blair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gregory, why did you pursue a creative career?
I didn’t have a choice, if I wanted to be happy and true to myself. Though I was always a bit of a hybrid as far as taste and aptitude and did engage in both the arts and sciences, one thing was clear from the beginning: that while the sciences thrilled my brain, the arts were the calling of my heart and soul. Not a day went by that I was not involved in some sort of acting, writing, singing or some other artistic endeavor or activity. That’s when I feel most alive: when I’m engaged in or experiencing creative art. It speaks to me and I respond. I think that’s how you know you’re doing what you’re meant to do….and that’s the only way to true happiness.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think the big takeaway has to do with being true to yourself. I stood out because of the package I came in: I was physically unique (abnormally short and frail, with irregular facial features), but surprisingly fearless and passionate about being my authentic, artistic self. Once I entered the professional entertainment world, I realized the people who succeeded generally had other traits: beauty, connections, unbridled ambition—things I lacked. So, I worked hard to be those things as best I could. But, I found, ultimately, that being your true self is what sets you apart and makes you stand out. I have a unique look, quirky manner, and quiddity that is like no one else and when I embrace and use that, I create my best work and find the most enjoyment. Whether I’m acting, writing, directing or working with another artist as a consultant, the thing that makes my work stand out is the special way I do what I do because I do it exactly as I am, without trying to be anything else. And that’s what people, it turns out, desire most of me and hire me for. It’s the perfect way to do business: to offer your best, true self and have the world respond favorably and ask for more.
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?
L.A. is so rich in experiences, it’s tough to try to cram everything I’d want to share in one week. But I’d include some famous sights as well as some known mostly just to the local denizens. So here’s a list—in no particular order:
Sites: Griffith Park and The Observatory, the Runyon Canyon trail, The Greystone Mansion & Gardens, Rodeo Drive, The Getty Museum, The Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Downtown (Disney Hall, Angel’s Flight, Bradbury Building, Boneventure, Skyspace, The Last Bookstore), Silverlake, The Grove/Farmer’s Market
Eats/Drinks: Gracias Madre, Crossroads, Hugo’s, Yamashiro, Doomie’s, Pig & Whistle, Miceli’s, The Abbey
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No one reaches their greatest potential alone. And the luckiest of us have mentors and/or supporters along the way, hopefully some from the start. I’m in the luckiest group, because my parents were both unconditionally supportive of my artistic endeavors from the beginning. When they had the money, they bought me paints and puppets; they listened to my writings, they watched me perform shows; in words and actions, they encouraged, supported, and nourished my artistic desires and growth. I dedicated my first film “Deadly Revisions” to my father, because he passed before it was finished…and I know it would have made him very, very proud.
Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2489045/