We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Eberle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matthew, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe risk taking is in a lot of ways intrinsic to success, and something most creatives continuously face. Pursuing an artistic career can feel incredibly risky due to the immense amount of vulnerability that can go along with it. Each time I write a script or shoot a film, I’m putting a piece of myself into that film and asking any number of strangers, “Hey, I think this is good, what do you think?” Am I nervous every time I put a piece of work out into the world to be analyzed, interpreted and reviewed… sure. But it can be both rewarding and exhilarating at the same time. Many people will doubt you and a lot of times you may even doubt yourself, but the risk of a creative career is trusting your instincts.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey hasn’t been easy, and the last two years have certainly tested that, but it’s still been incredibly exciting getting to where I am right now. While there are still a lot of things I would like to accomplish professionally, I am really excited about a few projects I have been working on during the pandemic. I love to work on projects and direct films that tackle unique ideas and perspectives. My work tends to shy away from more broadly appealing topics, and both the short film I’m wrapping in post and the feature script I’ve been working on, I feel are a culmination of a lot of the ideas and lessons I’ve learned over the past few years.

Like most new filmmakers, I will often work for next to nothing, occasionally at a loss on my own projects. But I’m still learning and shaping both my career and story and I hope that doesn’t change. Occasionally I look back at early work and wish I had shot or edited something differently, but I think that’s a part of the process, and shows how much you’ve have grown and learned about your art.

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?
First and foremost would have to be a day at Disneyland. I mean, it is the happiest place on earth right. I live about 15 minutes from Disney, but still feel like I don’t get there enough, so it has always got to be a stop when friends come to town. From there, would have to be dinner and drinks at Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. The New Orleans inspired food is a favorite of mine, and the drinks are always cold. Probably a hike up to Griffith Park, or taking the dog down to the beach in Huntington. Lastly, no visit is complete with out a trip to the Chinese Theater to see a film on their IMAX. It’s one of my favorite theaters to see event films, and is almost mandatory for seeing a midnight showing of a new Star Wars.

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 want to shoutout first and foremost to my family and friends, both for their encouragement and support, despite years of repeatedly peppering them with questions, looking for feedback and thoughts on any number of project or ideas, many of which never even come to fruition. Secondly, any number of the creatives I have worked with over the past few years. It has been a group that offers a community more so than competition, in an industry that requires a whole team of creatives, each as talented as the next, to see a film realized.

Website: www.matthewjameseberle.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/matthewjameseberle/

Other: vimeo.com/eberlematthew

Image Credits
Justin Moore, Ray Zou Yuan

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