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

Hi Heather, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything. Literally, everything. All around me, everyday, are ideas: comical scenarios for situation comedies; ironic juxtapositions that promise high concept feature premises; poignant insights that beg to be explored as zeitgeisty themes; fascinating strangers with unique quirks and idiosyncrasies; overheard snippets of dialogue or terrific names that beg to form the basis of an intriguing new character or concept. I am especially inspired by our connectivity – not what delineates us – that’s too on-the-nose-obvious – and we are bombarded with it everyday! But rather where and how we overlap – our synergy. How our bodies, relationships, families, communities, companies and countries are each vital, seemingly self-contained ecosystems yet delicately and precariously inter-reliant. Just as my vegetable and koi water gardens need to be tended, so, too does our individual health, friendships, creativity, intellectual and spiritual stimulation need to be protected and cherished. I am also inspired by my desire to gift friends and loved ones with creativity inspired by what’s important to them: watercolor a wonderful photo they posted on Facebook of someone, someplace or something they love. I find when I am caught up in gratitude, appreciation, acknowledgement, purpose and meaning of what brings us closer together, my projects soar – and inevitably catch the wind of support of simpatico others. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

Storytelling can change the world. Art, encountered, can change a person in an instant. Their heart. Their mind. Their future. Our present. It’s never been more important for us to be careful about what we put out into the communal consciousness. What images are we representing as us, our values and lifestyles onto the global stage? What are we exporting to the world? What are we importing? Personally? How are we engaging with these images? Considering and processing them? Synthesizing them into our respective realities? I have overcome a series of ultramarathons of challenges – both personally and professionally. The lessons are eclectic and deep. No project is ever more important than a friendship. Writing and producing film and television – or creating any kind of art or “content” – for joy or commercial purposes – isn’t life or death – but we should treat it with respect. We are so lucky to have the freedom and resources to be able tell and share our stories – and experience those of others. I try to raise every bar, every day, in every way, on what I create. Kaizen. I want to delight and entertain but also illuminate and edify. I want to make people want to be better – by intriguing them, making them laugh, cry, think – challenging – then empowering them.

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?

LOL! Well, since I relocated to Savannah just before COVID hit, I haven’t had a chance to do much of anything! I’m in my third quarter of my MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design and literally have never stepped foot on campus as a student! WOW! But I am excited to visit the secret, hidden gardens, to stroll the cobblestones collected from all around the world from ships that graced these ports. I have enjoyed kayaking through trees. Mystical. It is a very different world. The historic architecture and ghost stories colliding with state-of-the-art technology in a cosmopolitan city filled with international youth set against Deep Southern legacies. It’s an exciting time and place. As a native Californian, I can give you the perfect (almost free! 😉 ) day in “LA,” though! 😉 Go for a stroll around the Self-Realization Lake Shrine and/or the Getty Villa in Malibu, enjoy hot, scratch-made sourdough on the deck at Gladstone’s, play some Bball or VBall at the beach in Malibu or Santa Monica, then enjoy a concert under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl.

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?

Gosh, I could fill a magazine with all those who deserve shout outs! My Mastermind Groups, my Professors, my friends and family. Bill Burns, my wonderful Scotsman Stud who is always there for me for everything, in every way. Not a day goes by when he isn’t doing something to make my life better – happier, easier, more fun and playful! From endless tech, IT and admin support to domestic chores and errands to Beat Saber, basketball and tennis breaks, he is my best friend, toughest critic, best teacher and most wonderful playmate! My friends who not only support my creative efforts and are wonderful sounding boards (sometimes serving as venting thoroughfares!) but mostly just believing in me when times get tough and being cherished muses! Jenean Atwood BaynesJo ClarkChauncey SmithAndrew SobkovichDavid M. JackSteve KayserSusan JohnstonDonna BrodskyDane DeLauerGina GladwellXaque GruberSuzanne Lyons,Anne Marie Gillen and Jill Demby leap to mind. Like I said: I could go on and on!

Website: heatherhale.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherhalewriterdirector
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherhale
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherJHale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherJHale
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIC4zMzls7i_lp_fNt8eFA

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