We had the good fortune of connecting with John K.D. Graham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John K.D., what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I find happiness when truly diving into something. Whether it is a film, painting or gardening, getting truly lost in what you are doing brings joy and a connection to the divine. We are creators and when you can truly put your head down, lose all distractions and enjoy the process of what you are doing, then you will find joy. The noise of the outside world can melt away and you will find that only you and your endeavor remain. It’s almost like existing outside of time. I should know because this is when I become the most absent minded about the rest of life!
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 suppose what sets me apart as a film maker is that I know how to do every part of the process of making a film. Thanks to the hands on learning I had in college, a strong headed work ethic and the ability to learn, I have figured out how to do every part of the film making process.
This does not mean that I always do all the parts. However, if I want to I can. So I can make a movie whenever I want! This ability helps me in the making of my films in that I know what I want and how how to communicate and accomplish it.
A film of mine will always be completed because I don’t need the permission of others to complete it.
Knowing how to learn is one of the most important skills you can master, because then you can learn to do anything.
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?
Firstly we would visit the Los Angeles river. In Sherman Oaks there is a magical little walking bridge that connects the north and south side of Sherman oaks, through two different but pleasant neighborhoods.
This is an unexpected local, as it is what I call ‘The Terminator canals’ because it is a channel of concrete that is actually the Los Angeles River. Just watch Terminator 2 and you will have an idea of what I mean. This little section of river, despite being man modified, is teeming with life. Year round the cycles of life revolve around this stretch of concrete river, just like it would if we were not here. I find that incredibly encouraging. No matter what you are given, it’s your responsibility to move forward in life.
Next we would head over to my favorite gastro-pub, The One Up. It’s located on Ventura Blvd, right by Woodman Ave. This is such a fantastic place to grab a drink and put your hands on some of the most iconic video games of the past. That’s right, free arcade games!
Then I’d pop across the street to look at the vinyls at Freak Beat Records.
I’m a fan of neighborhood adventures!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m going back to 7th grade to give a shout out to Mr. T! He was the 6th grade science teacher but more importantly the drama teacher and director for the middle school. This guy was the first to recognize my talent on stage and thanks to him I was always part of drama. By the time I graduated high school from Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I was also the president of the Thespians, a member of the improve troop and I used my ability to act to get the scholarship I needed to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
This man set me on a trajectory that got me to the place that I am now!