We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Drayton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henry, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I grew up as a thrill seeker, always looking for the biggest cliff to jump off, and pushing myself to add another flip before I hit the water. Risk and I are old buddies. Throughout my career as a filmmaker and comedian, risk has led to some dropped cameras and some angry audiences, sure, but with each boundary I push past I learn a new lesson.
I like the word “risk” because it’s an action word. No risk is taken from the couch. So, I continue to take risks because comfort is the death of creativity. Any time I find myself getting to comfortable, I remember that thrilling feeling I get when jumping off a cliff, get up, and find my next risky endeavor.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is pretty eclectic. You can blame my undiagnosed ADD for that. I’ve always had trouble focusing on one particular artistic path. A lot of people may see this as an obstacle, but personally I use it to my advantage.
Over quarantine, I converted my garage into a multi-purpose studio. It can be configured in different ways to suit whichever form of art I feel like doing that day. Now I’m able to film, paint, screen-print, woodwork, or write in an environment that breathes a certain type of creativity.
I’ve learned embracing my lack of focus, and delving fully into all my creative off-shoots, ultimately helps me towards my broader creative goals. Even though doing a small personal painting may not help my greater comedy and filmmaking career goals, having a creative outlet elsewhere can help inspire, and solve other creative problems along my path.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s assume this best friend skateboards. I would take them to Harbor City Skatepark, El Sereno Skatepark, and Venice Beach skatepark.
For breakfast, I’d take them to Home restaurant, Square One Dining, The Waffle.
For lunch we’d head to the Bombay Frankie Company, Good Good Vegan Bakeshop, and Jewel.
For dinner we’d grab some Bulan Thai, Little Pine, and Bowery Bungalow.
We’d sneak some beers to some parks around town: Cedar Grove, Barnsdall Art Park, and Griffith.
For some night life we’d do a little dancing at Spanky’s Speakeasy, and if we’re lucky do some live to headphone meditation walks on the beach with MindTravel’s Murray Hidary.
We’d also skip town for a bit, go to Ojai for a nice lil hot spring dip.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout Richard Rogers, a frequent collaborator, and creator of the online comedy channel SkyCorp Home Video. Richard is one of the hardest working people I know. His consistency, originality, and steadfastness is really something to be admired. He’s always pushing boundaries and making millions laugh along the way. I’m proud to call him a friend.
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For the first personal photo (the really wide cowboy hat one) credit: Dumaine Babcock All the rest don’t need credit