We had the good fortune of connecting with Landon Coats and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Landon, what makes you happy? Why?
Nothing makes me feel happier than being behind a camera. Filmmaking in all aspects is just something that feels right to me, so when I’m not doing it I feel like something is missing. I am always actively trying to find gigs that excite me, or writing scripts so that I can have something to make in the future. When I don’t have something creative to work on I start to feel antsy and I don’t enjoy that feeling!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s kinda hard to talk about myself as an artist without feeling pretentious, but that might just be my own insecurities. I work very hard to try to tell stories that are not only unique but also have to chance to speak to the audience in a way that might not have experienced before. The kind of films I make definitely aren’t for everyone, and I’m okay with that! I usually know going into a project that not everyone will love or relate to the subject matter but I don’t let that hold me back because if my work is able to make an impact with even just one person then I feel I’ve done a good job. Putting myself out there like that and expressing my thoughts and feeling on the screen can be hard sometimes because there will always be someone out there ready to say “that was shit” or “you’re wasting your time”, but I’ve come to understand that’s just apart of the process and do my best to separate myself from those ideas. I hope that for someone out there watching my work it gives them the courage to keep moving forward with whatever it is they are trying to achieve in life.
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 really love the DFW area, especially Deep Ellum. If I were to take someone on a week-long trip to DFW there is quite a lot I’d like to explore. First are foremost I would wanna check out Westlake Brewing. I’m a pretty big craft beer fan, and Westlake has to be one of my favorites in the area. I also like checking out the Drunken Donkey and vegan restaurants in the area. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been a lot of people who have inspired and encouraged me along the way, but I guess one of the biggest was my high school film teacher Mr. Jordon. When I joined his class I felt very lost and wasn’t sure what the right direction for me was, I had just moved from Texas to California and didn’t see much hope in my future. When transferring schools I was told by my school in California that I was so far ahead of everyone that I didn’t need to do my senior year, which I found kinda funny because I was failing a few classes back in Texas. I considered not doing my senior year, but my dad encouraged me to do at least half because it would be a good opportunity to make friends and get to know the area, so I did it. When registering for classes they told me there was a film class available and I was always a big fan of films so it took it. After our first assignment, which was to make a music video, my teacher, Mr. Jordon, pulled me aside and told me that I clearly took it more serious than the rest of the class and that he saw a lot of potential in me so he said I could just make whatever I wanted from that point on and he would grade me accordingly. This was a really big moment for me because I had never really had a teacher show me that kind of sincerity and respect before. After that, I worked hard at making fun short films and even got the chance to make a tour video for a local middle school. If it weren’t for him giving me the opportunity to express myself in that way I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I am forever grateful to him!
Professorial Photo – Stephen Fritschle Others in Order Lisset Mendoza Stephen Fritschle Stephen Fritschle Mike Nguyen Lisa Torres Mia Moran