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

Hi Joe, how do you think about risk?
Just like everything, risk is relative. I’m lactose intolerant, so drinking a large chocolate milkshake from Steak ‘N Shake is taking a risk. Moving to Los Angeles to try and break into the film industry was a risk. The entertainment business is one of the toughest and most challenging career paths to take. At the same time, I think risk is an inherent part of living. With the future unknown, potentially every decision we make is a risk.

My friend said something to me recently that stuck out. They said, “Everyone has a situation.” Everyone has problems. Everyone is trying to figure things out. Everyone is taking a risk. That’s a comforting feeling. If we know that risk is a universal feeling, then we can take solace in knowing that we are not alone.

As long as I’m living in alignment with my core values, then I am comfortable with the associated risks.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve had so many impactful people and events in my life, and filmmaking is my way of defragging. Filmmaking is a culmination of a lifetime of experiences, and creatively employing those memories to tell stories and entertain audiences. My goal is to continue making films, learning as much as I can about craft, and develop storytelling techniques to resonate with audiences in a positive way. I am grateful for my time in LA, and the rollercoaster ride it’s been.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve done this lots of times!

We are playing basketball at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tuesday we’ll do hot yoga at Urban 728 on La Brea, and Thursday we’ll go to Shanti Hot Yoga in Culver City.

Wednesday night we’ll go to Salsa Night at Riviera 31, and be comfortable looking like complete amateurs.

Friday we will keep it classy and go to Heritage Fine Wine and the Four Seasons for a drink or two.

Saturday afternoon will be spent at Venice Beach before heading to Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.

We will cap the week with a hike around Franklin Canyon.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been very fortunate to have an expansive support system in my life. First and foremost, my immediate family is the foundation of my ‘Why.’ My mom, sister, brother, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and my nephews provide the backbone of my life. In addition, I have been lucky enough to have a few groups of really close friends that push me to be the best version of myself. I’ve also had the honor to be surrounded by a lot of successful, smart, and wise mentors who are masters of their craft. Then there are creative collaborators that I’ve worked with for many years, and we continue to work with one another toward our biggest goals. This entire support system makes me who I am today.

Website: www.backrowstudios.com

Instagram: @joeclarkecity

Twitter: @backrowstudios

Facebook: www.facebook.com/backrowstudios

Youtube: @joeclarkecity

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