We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Han and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, how do you think about risk?
They say: Without risk, there is no reward… I can dig that, but failure should be sought out in order to find out who you are and your optimum self. If you never take risks, you will never truly know yourself or what you are capable of. But for the most part, I’m kind of a leap first then tuck and roll type of guy. I get my fair share of bumps and bruises:)
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art has been my friend since(I think) when I was a young child. I used to sketch cartoons when I was very young. It started with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. I moved to Spider Man and X-Men during my pre-teen/early teen times. I was a martial artist starting at 9 yrs old. I became a percussionist in Middle School and played in a Symphony. During College, I also became a Chef while I studied English, poetry and history in Missouri. I think my art has been my companion throughout my entire life. However, acting, writing and directing is now my main focus here in the Bay Area and LA.
I would say that what sets me apart from others is my inclination to embrace every aspect and facet of the creative process. It’s hard but empowering. The minute I realize there is something beyond my immediate endeavor, it drives me to know more because one informs the next.
I made a little “peas in a pod” sketch called “Date Interrupted”. My teacher and a lot of the other students said it was never going to work except one. It really sort of defined my take of sketch comedy. It also brought me to the term “Caprian Style” of Art. As in Frank Capra. Funny but feel good as well. You can see that on my IG or FB and it was preformed live with my classmate that supported the story.
If it is easy than is it really worth doing? I like to say to people I coach to NGAF. “Not Give a F$%K!” But it takes a lot of effort to get to that point. Knowing that you are doing your best gives you the license to NGAF. Challenges are the path, you get to choose to walk the path or not. Regardless you are on a path. Sit in place, stomp your feet in defiance of the path, or walk it.
If I could pinpoint the lessons in a sentence… I would, but I cannot. The lessons are infinite and continuous. The best lesson, I guess, is to recognize that everything has a lesson in it. Pay attention, look deeply into your personal experience and utilize or practice what you learn to it’s fullest extent.
“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” I can spend a whole lot of time thinking about doing something and writing about what I think about doing. Or I can get out and do it, have the experience and then… maybe write about it:) That and the fact that there is only one “you”. No one else can be you and though nothing is new under the sun, the only thing that is new is you…
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a best friend come to visit and I wanted to show them the best time ever? Probably a hike and picnic in Malibu, and bike trip down the bike path of Santa Monica Beach. Possibly do a restaurant hop on Main street in Venice and then in Downtown LA. I’d probably take them to Hollywood Blvd and the “Walk of Fame” but there is so much lovely terrain here in LA, it would be a shame to waste it on concrete.
But we got the restaurants, the Hollywood Bowl, the comedy and improv scenes. Everyone here is SO talented, whether they are in Show Business or not. There’s theme parks and wine country and you could visit them both in the same day(if you’re up to it). From Laguna Beach to Ojai, there is a lifetime of experiences here. But mostly, regardless of the hype, the people I attract are wonderful, caring, and determined people. Go to Mozza, go to Greenblatts. Eat tacos from Taco Trucks. Eat the Street food in general. Go to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market or any LA Farmer’s Market. One of my secret treasure is Acai Jungle for the their Acai Bowls and their Mushroom Sandwich. The Edison is a rad Steam Punk Bar. Checkout the Groundlings, UCB, Second City and the Pack theaters. Mostly though, LA, much like any place, is a vibe. It is a creative place for creatives and it’s got treasures that are seemingly limitless…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow! Who doesn’t deserve credit? I feel like I’m a super robot made up of all the amazing people(good and bad) who have defined my life experience. But I have to say that my family, my Mom, Dad and Brother. I’m sort of the crazy artist/actor guy in the family and I wouldn’t be able to do this without my family’s support!
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First three Headshots by Kimberlee Peterson @lottaphoto.kp or https://www.lotta.photo/ Handstand by @sassysatya Pointer by @eloquentlyyours