We had the good fortune of connecting with K.C. Fitzgerald and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi K.C., how did you come up with the idea for your business?
When COVID started last March, I and a lot of other creatives were suddenly forced into the position where we had to completely support ourselves – no day jobs, no gigs, nothing. And that’s when I said, alright, let’s invest what you have saved and start a production company. Of course, that’s easier said than done and in the end the investment still hasn’t paid off. But just the act of doing it, of pushing yourself to try something new and stick with it even if it seems like at first it hasn’t succeeded – that’s the real lesson from all of this.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started off my artistic career before I even knew what it was. When I was very young I would make up all these wonderful stories and act them out with my toys. Eventually, I started writing them down, and my high school English teacher told me I had the chops to maybe be a novelist or screenwriter one day. At the same time, I was realizing I had a knack for seeing things perfectly in my head, so I put the two together and decided to pursue both writing and directing. Little did I know it both of those things were way harder than I ever imagined. It took me over a decade to perfect my own writing style and countless hours of bad writing, terrible screenplays, and poorly made short films to figure out exactly how I could harness my process to make what I wanted, or rather, needed, to make. And I’m still learning today – art isn’t the sort of thing you ever truly learn how to create. You just have to create it and if you mess up along the way, well, that’s part of the process. The important thing for me is that you’re creating something that is true to you. I think truth is very important for artists. Film is truth, twenty four frames per second, I like to say, and writing is truth one word at a time.
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.
Well, I’d have a much longer list if the pandemic wasn’t a thing. But I suppose if it weren’t, I would definitely take them to see all the LA sights – Santa Monica, Venice beach, Malibu, Hollywood, Griffith Park, downtown, the weird unknown spots like the Batman cave, or the crazy old bunker in the hills. A trip to Perch LA, Musso and Frank’s, Pink’s, and my favorite hidden spots in the Valley are a must. The night would probably end at Local Peasant on Ventura and Hazeltine, my local watering hole. Given that I used to be a studio tour guide at Universal, a tour of all the movie studios would be top on my list, not to mention a hike to the Wisdom Tree, Parker Mesa, and definitely quality beach time on the Malibu coast.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout to my amazing neighbors, all creatives and very talented in their own right, for providing a community of support this past year. It’s been a difficult time for all of us, and I could not have accomplished a lot of the things I’ve done in 2020 without knowing that I wasn’t alone. Plus it was pretty nice having all those late night backyard get-togethers.
Conner James Quinto