We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Hallman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I needed a way to take action in a way that made sense to me. Direct involvement that I was having a hard time finding through various other existing entities. It feels real and therefore it is real. Finding a volunteer/charitable organization was also a rather hopeless endeavor given the scope of the Covid pandemic at the time I realized I was ready to start making an impact on my community. Silverlake Trash Bandits gave me the ability to shape how I wanted to cleanup and interact with my immediate surroundings. Once the idea was formulated and the will to begin kicked in I treated like being in a new band. Kick up the social media and give the followers a taste of what we’re about. If the product is good people will naturally gravitate to it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like my background in musical performance has allowed me to gather people to me with more ease. Its easy these days to stand in front of a large group of people whether they are friends or total strangers and be myself. This has made growing Trash Bandits a bit easier and as a socially deprived extrovert for the last year it has given me something to look forward to given the safety precautions we take when on our walks.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In my immediate vicinity I have to take someone to Echo Park and Griffith Park. Echo Park has so many different kinds of people and is itself a very nice nature escape right in the middle of the city with a rather unique very of downtown. Griffith Observatory is such a beautiful structure and has about the best views of LA from the north side. I’m always excited to take people to the Getty Museum for their first time. I don’t think anything made me realize that I live in one of the biggest most culturally important cities in the world quite like my first trip there.
For food, I have two places I take everyone; Bollywood Cafe in Studio City and anywhere in Little Ethiopia. Whats a visit to LA without some street tacos too?
I’m not much of a night life person if I’m not performing but I still have some love for The Basement Tavern at the Victorian in Santa Monica and the best local watering hole is definitely 4100 Bar right here in Silverlake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My neighbor and friend Jed deserves a huge shout out. I think he was the first to take up the cause by walking down our block with an empty trash/grocery bag and began filling it with the trash. I realized how nice this would be for our street but also that making this a group based effort would cover more ground and hopefully inspire more people to act in a similar fashion with their streets and community spaces.