We had the good fortune of connecting with Julien Hassid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julien, what role has risk played in your life or career?
‘Risk’ can sound scary or dangerous. But as soon as you start taking some you realise that it’s not so much of a big deal. If you don’t take any risks in your life nothing won’t happen. My biggest risk was to move from Brussels (Belgium) to Los Angeles almost 3 years ago. I decided to come here with my wife knowing nobody, having no job or family here, and speaking a basic English. But as a filmmaker I thought it was the best move to do. I’m not gonna lie, it was tough far from everything you know and it still is today especially this year (everyone knows why). But I can assure you that It IS worth it. Not only for your career but as a human being. I’ve met a lot of people since then and I’m not the same guy anymore in a positive way. Some people gave me wise and pretty good advice to build my own path here some others just couldn’t do anything for me or didn’t want to because they simply didn’t care. And it’s fine because a lot of good things came out of it. My vison and ambition are bigger, I’m so more open-minded than before, my shoulders are stronger and my willpower more solid. I know myself way better and even if I’m still far from my goals and I have to struggle everyday to reach them, I’m happy to be here. And I’m convinced that my career will reach summits I would never think of in Belgium. So go ahead! Life is full of surprises and you will realise that if you take risks it’s like put some spices on your meat, it will make it even better!
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’m a film director born in Brussels (Belgium) and I’m the only artist in my family so I didn’t know anybody in this industry when I started 10 years ago. And to be honest everyday is a struggle to reach my goals. But that’s the path I’ve chosen so I’m fine with it. My first love was the music. I’ve played for years in a rock band called W.A.N.E. We have played a lot but after 8 years we split out. We didn’t earn any money from the band maybe because it was in Belgium, who knows. So I dedicated myself to my second passion : Directing. I wanted to tell stories, play with a camera, share my ideas with the world and as I did music before I thought It would be easy to make the transition to that industry and make Music videos. I started my own companies in 2010 and did small commercials and music videos for 3 years. After that I worked for another production company for another 3 years and I realised what I really wanted to do was movies. But you need money or a lot of contacts to do so. Even though I had neither back then I started doing short movies anyway. And it was a good experience for me. One of them called TRAX went to the Short Film Corner of the prestigious Festival of Cannes 2018 and won 7 awards around the world. Three of them were from Los Angeles. That’s the time when I made up my mind. It was time for me to try something new, something crazy. I moved to LA. Now that I’m here for 3 years, I can tell you that it’s just the beginning. Nothing unbelievable happened to my career yet but it’s a start over and you need to be patient. With the Covid 19 that messed up the world this year I found good to build up my skills. And now I’m learning 3D Modeling in Maya and Composting in Nuke. New skills give you new opportunities. I’m pretty confident for my future in this Industry I’d just need a little push to take my work to the next Level.
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?
I live in Redondo beach a city in south Bay in the Los Angeles County. People from LA city would probably say : ”Oh is it the Orange County?” or ”Oh it’s far!”. But actually it’s not and it’s so great, lay back, fun and beautiful around here. You are about 25 min from Culver city, 35-40 min from Venice and Santa Monica or DTLA. So my best shot would be to have a beer on the Redondo pier at Nadja’s or the Slip Bar. They built a really cool patio outside because of Covid and it’s super nice with the view on the Marina. I’d do some paddle or try surf on the ocean and with luck you’ll see dolphins and sea lions swimming close from the shore. You can grab a taco or a burger in Hermosa Beach, You can find a lot of great restaurant on Pier Avenue. I’d play some volley ball on the beach even if you can’t play it’s not a big deal. You can swim in the ocean and enjoy the sand and the waves. Hermosa has for me the best beaches you can find in LA. You can also rent a bike and ride along the strand on the Marvin Braude bike trail. You can go all the way up to Santa Monica riding through Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Playa del Rey, Marine Del Rey and Venice Beach. And for the bravest you can even go until Malibu. Finally I’d enjoy the sunset driving on the PCH and I would have a drink in Riviera.
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?
1. Romain WZK : email@example.com. He is from France and has a webzine on instagram : It’s good manners. 2. Pierre-Marie Maulini : Musician from France : firstname.lastname@example.org