We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff “Dock” Dockweiler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeff “Dock”, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT” is a phrase I totally disagree with, because it’s completely misleading to everyone involved, including yourself. Long standing success in any business requires an effective skill set and the ability to establish trust. In the world of film and tv, every project is a team effort where we all must deliver at the highest level to make a project the best it can be. From writers, to directors, to producers, to actors and to the crew, everyone has developed a skill that is essential and must deliver every day…that simply can not be faked.

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.
When it comes to what sets me apart as an writer, director or acting coach, I’d say it’s the fact that I’ve never made my work about me. My job is to make the story the best it can be. The story is the star. The thing that makes me most proud is helping myself and others achieve their goals. I’ve spent a lifetime chasing what most people would call dreams, so it’s excites me to lock in on what I want, and work my butt off until I get it. It’s never easy…if it was easy, everyone would be able to do it and the payoff wouldn’t be as satisfying. The key to overcoming those obstacles that get in the way is by never losing focus on the goal at hand. You will get knocked down. You will often have what may seem like an insurmountable wall in front of you, but there is always a way over, through or around that wall. As long as you stay creative & positive and don’t quit, you will find that way. I don’t often talk about my brand, but my story is one I think everyone can relate to in some way. I’ve loved two things my entire life. I love the competition sports has provided in my life, and I love storytelling Growing up, I was either playing basketball or I was watching tv. My story is the classic American tale of a guy with big dreams, who spends his lifetime overcoming incredible odds to make those dreams a reality. I earned a scholarship to play basketball in college, and now I get to make a positive impact on the stories that land on tv and in film everyday!

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?
When I have a day I need to create, I like to drive up the PCH, turn up the music and get lost in my head. Point Dume is usually my destination on those days. But day in, and day out, I love my neighborhood of Beverly Grove because everything I need is within walking distance. I can walk up to 3rd Street for a coffee at Verve or Joan’s on Third. I can grab lunch at one of more than a dozen amazing restaurants, walk through LACMA on my way to my gym and meet friends for drinks at a cool spot like El Carmen. LA has so much to offer and every little pocket like Beverly Grove has its own distinct personality. All you have to do is find the one that fits you best.

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?
You cross paths with many people on your journey through Hollywood who have both positive and negative impacts on your career. You learn from both in their own ways. But the positive I’d like to give a shout out to is the late, Stephen J. Cannell. Stephen was one of the most prolific writer/producers in television history and I had the great fortune to spend 4 years working for him at Cannell Studios. It was early in my time in Hollywood, and it was a gift to see who he truly was and how he became such a huge success. His heart for his family and passion for helping those who worked for him progress toward their goals were both immense. He reached the top of the industry because he outworked everyone while doing what he absolutely loved. That is something I’ll never forget, and I try to emulate every day.

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