We had the good fortune of connecting with Kipp Tribble and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kipp, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
People always say to find a career that you love. Something that makes you happy. The creative process was always that for me, so it was a no-brainer.
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 am an actor, writer and filmmaker. The filmmaking side can be producing, directing or editing – and sometimes all three of those. While I continue to work as a performer or as a writer or producer for hire, we started MRP Entertainment in order to produce our own independent film and TV projects, as well as assist in distributing indie films that may have been overlooked or are seeking a re-release. In just three years, our company has produced six feature films and distributed four others. We currently have five films in development. While it was not always easy, the advice that successful filmmakers have said a million times over the years – “just go create, and people will come to you” – truly does work. The more we create our own projects, the more work and the more projects come to us. It’s about not letting our ideas or projects collect any dust. One of the big challenges is figuring out how to bring a story to the screen when the financing isn’t solidified, or it’s as much as you need. But at MRP, we made the decision that instead of saying “it can’t be done” because of __________, we’d always say “it can be done, but we must do it THIS way.” That has made all the difference. While we do not focus on one specific genre, we do produce more thrillers or horrors. However, we gravitate towards projects that mix genres. We will not take on a film unless we know it has an extremely strong chance to turn a nice profit, because it is a business after all, but at the same time, it must also be something that excites us. Because there are thousands of scripts out there, so it must be something we want to spend a lot of time with for the next year or so!
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.
A weekend trip down to San Diego would probably be on the schedule. Closer to home, we’d probably hit some restaurants and bars over in Pasadena, and then in Sherman Oaks / Studio City. Lots of hidden gems over there. Also love the Black Cow Cafe in Montrose. Great little downtown area there, with tons of cool shops as well. And if it’s the last Friday of the month, Food Truck Night in Burbank is pretty awesome. Every food truck you could imagine and lots of cool antique shops to hit along Magnolia. Of course, the views form Mulholland at night is a must and the Santa Monica Pier.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife was always – and continues to be – integral to my career as an actor and filmmaker, and it was her who pushed to make the move to Los Angeles. Also, the late Bob Leach deserves credit for providing me with my “film school” by financing my first feature film many years ago. And my friend since middle school, Ryan Ferguson, deserves a tip of the hat for encouraging me to explore performing beyond our high school productions.