We had the good fortune of connecting with Lopati Ho Chee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lopati, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
With Reely Nice Guys Productions I wanted to start a production company that would allow myself and others the ability to work within the creative process and have a blast doing it. I have always been passionate about having something that can be a resource for people to share their stories and develop their craft. Reely Nice Guys is my way of reaching out a friendly hand to those who might need it. Our motto is “No bullshit; all integrity” and we aim to live by that everyday.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Reely Nice Guys Productions wasn’t started with the intention of investing into a business but with the intention of investing into people. I wanted to create an avenue for those who just need someone to listen– to see them for who they are and who they intend to be versus just another booking. When I first started off working in production, I was blessed to do so with the amazing people over at Lineage Entertainment Group who did just that for me. I had just moved down here from SF with no prior experience other than working in cafe’s (my other passion!) and they took the time to allow me to find myself within the creative process which in turn helped develop me as the person I am today. The lesson that I’ve learned the most from is that everyday can have its set of challenges. So give me some good company, a good cup of coffee and a camera and we can turn those challenges into a new set of adventures to move through together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first we would to go get Norms on La Cienega for breakfast, while we wait for our table I’ll split a $10 in 10 singles and we’ll take turns playing the claw machine! Once we’ve won 5 toys each, we’ll sit down and have breakfast… by that I mean jalapeño poppers. After breakfast we can walk down Melrose and just sight see/walk all the way down to Milk Bar for their B’day Truffles. After that we would walk towards Vine and hit up Cactus Taqueria #1 to order some California burritos. We would then make our way back towards where we started, sight seeing along the way and hit up the Den for an old Fashioned on tap. Once our drinks are done we would end the night with some food at Pinches Tacos right next door to the Den. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so proud to say that I have so many people around me that inspire and encourage me everyday. I would love to give a huge shoutout to everyone at Lineage Entertainment Group (Tui Asau, Allison Ott and Richard Cabral) for being such beautiful individuals with a passion for story and those who share them. Another huge shoutout to Katie Fink over at KaffeineDriven Promotions who embodies the work/play mentality and inspires me daily to put my best foot forward (while skipping to a new pop punk song). Also a Massive shoutout to my family and loved ones, thank you for all of your love and support, I can honestly say I could not have done it without you all!