We had the good fortune of connecting with Lex Halaby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lex, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always thought of risk as a catalyst for growth. The biggest swings of my career have always led to the most rewarding outcomes. I’ve learned from every success and every failure, but if I don’t push the boundaries of my comfort zone I stop growing as a Creative. Early in my career risks helped me find my creative voice through trial and experimentation. As I found my voice risks became more about pushing the boundaries of my capabilities and expanding my creative vision. As a Director, I constantly need to stay inspired and nothing gets my mind humming more than upping the stakes with high-risk high-reward creative ventures.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always felt a bit cursed by my brain chemistry. Throughout my life people have said I’m a fairly balanced left and right brain thinker. On the surface that sounds like a good thing, but underneath I was always jealous of the truly great right-brain creative geniuses. Seeing my creative idols fabricate legendary stories, seemingly out of thin air, was a barometer I constantly measured myself against. For a long time I struggled against the pragmatism parts of my brain, trying to quiet the inner monologue. But as I grew more comfortable with myself I began to listen to it. Suddenly my inspiration came easier, my pitches became more clear, and my execution became more consistent. Only after I succumbed to both sides of my thinking did I truly feel at home with myself and my work.
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?
Having lived in Los Angeles more than 20 years it’s hard to squeeze everything into a week but I’ll take a shot. Things on the must-do list would include; seeing John Williams conduct at the Hollywood Bowl, visiting LACMA, watching the stars from Griffith Park Observatory, going to a Dodger game, strolling along the rocky shoreline of Leo Carrillo Beach, eating bone marrow at Bestia, and sipping on Ray’s Mistake a Tiki Ti.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. Both Palestinian refugees who came to America in pursuit of a new life, they never once tried to dissuade me from a career in the arts in favor of a more traditional path. My love of filmmaking was fostered and encouraged in ways I can only appreciate now as an adult.