We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Hopper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand (which are kind of one and the same) is clarity of purpose. I was very fortunate 10 years ago to start studying at The Richard Lawson Studios, and one of the first things we were tasked to do was write out our dream and create a road map from that dream for our life and career. I was able to identify why I am doing what I am doing, for myself, and I use that compass to measure everything I work on or decide to do.
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 have a production company called Middleclass Aftermath with two of my close lady filmmaker friends, Kelly Tighe and Beth Berlin, and we have been able to create films and produce content that exposes the realities dealing with the fallout of the middle class, and the various ways it shapes the people who are in it or touched by it. We aim to produce content that prompts questions, finds the humor in trivial things, and pushes the limits of what’s “comfortable” in order to affect change. Currently, we are working on a web series and a short film, with a few other projects in the works for the future.
I also produce the LA branch of a bicoastal spoken word and singing cabaret called LaTiDo, which has allowed me to provide performance opportunities to a ton of local artists. We’re taking 2021 off to support and amplify other artistic organizations while we reset after the pandemic, but I’m really excited for the shows we will have lined up for 2022!
Another project I’m working on, which I am extremely excited and proud of, is a TV series with a writing partner of mine, Elisabeth Tsubota. We just finished the pilot script, and hope to be pitching it this summer!
I would say the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way are to make sure you find your people, find balance in your life, and be willing to fail. If you take it too seriously, if you need it too badly, if you try to make things “perfect”, you’ll stop having fun!
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?
I have to admit, my brain kind of went blank when I saw this question because we’ve been home for so long!! But these suggestions would be based on if there were no restrictions, obviously.
The restaurants I would have to take them to are Thank You For Coming in Atwater Village, Foxy’s in Glendale, Grá in Echo Park, Bay Cities Deli and Bru’s Wiffle in Santa Monica, The Rose and Scopa in Venice, ER Bar Downtown. There are so many more but we only have a few days!
Other places I would take them are Malibu Wines because they also have fun animals, Golden Road Brewery, Good Times at Davey Waynes (the fridge entrance and the roller skaters are always a fan favorite!), and Two Bit Circus for some fun and games!
Sightseeing, definitely driving up Beachwood Canyon to the trail by the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive (if they’re a fancy friend!), The Grove and the Farmer’s Market, LACMA (or at least the exhibit out front), and Abbott Kinney coupled with the Venice Canals.
At the end of this, we will probably both need a week-long vacation to recover!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I mentioned this already in my previous answer, but I would not be where I am today and doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for Richard Lawson and his amazing studio. Finding that community, coupled with the training and mentorship Richard has provided over the years, is really what helped me create a home in Los Angeles. It’s my family away from my family.
Cover (main) photo by Emily Sandifer Photography