We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Gregg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I have to make sure that whatever I create and make is of genuine service and help to my audience and client. If I am just working on a project for recognition or kudos, I’m doing it for the wrong reason. With that in mind, I have created a template of checklist questions for myself whenever I am working on a new project. Some of those questions include a refining process to make sure that I am doing something that is in line with my talents and abilities. Some of those questions make sure that I am not doing something just because it’s a “shiny bright new object.” Some of those questions make sure that I don’t pick a project that will have a negative impact on the relationship with my wife and family.
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.
A big change came for me when I faced a medical crisis at the age of 25 with possible life-ending cancer. At that point, I had already been a professional actor for several years, but that season made me question whether I had done all I could. I have now been cancer-free for over 23 years and in that time I have gone on to become a producer, director, writer, and content creator. I’m a recipient of Ovation & L.A. Weekly theatre awards and I’m a member of The Disneyland Resort Entertainment Hall of Fame. I am driven by continual learning and have brought this to my podcast Your Creative Journey (yourcreativejourneypodcst.com) which I co-host with Paul Carganilla. On that show, we interview other creatives so that our listeners can be inspired to take actionable steps forward with the talents that God has given them.
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.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and there is nothing better than taking walks on post-rainy days on Melrose Avenue and Hollywood Blvd. A lot has changed over the last several decades, but the city always looks and feels hopeful and bright on those days after a spring rain has come through. You can’t come to the city without taking a visit to Pinks Hot Dog Stand on Melrose and LaBrea and enjoying a Pastrami Burrito Dog with a side of onion rings. Or maybe head over to Howlin’ Rays Nashville Chicken in Chinatown on Broadway. You’ll have to stand in line for a couple of hours with friends and family while you wait to get one of their medium spicy chicken sandwiches, but they are out of this world and worth the wait! Wi Spa on Wilshire in Koreatown is a hidden gem. I’d make sure to block off at least four to five hours to enjoy the various spas, saunas, rest areas and get an outstanding massage. And then I’d be sure to show them some of the beautiful spots that are just a short drive outside of Los Angeles proper which can make you feel you’re in a completely different area. Those spots include driving Highway 126, just behind Magic Mountain as you make your way through Filmore and Santa Paula. It’s like going back in time to get a feel for what the Los Angeles area was like 100 years ago with beautiful farmland. Continue taking the 126 all the way over to the coast to visit Ventura County beaches. These coastal towns and cities are less crowded than their Los Angeles counterparts. You can enjoy awesome walks along the beach as you take in the fresh sea air of the Pacific. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where I am today without the love, encouragement, belief, and support of my wife Kate McLaughlin. I’ve always said that she is the talent and heart of our home. She is an outstanding writer and creative who has always put her family first. There have been so many times along the way where I had to take a scary leap of faith career-wise and she has always backed my play knowing that it would be the best thing for our family. Without her, I would not strive to do my best and continually fight.