We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitch Bradford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mitch, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic career because I think art makes life more meaningful. It’s like that T.S. Eliot quote where he says art is that which makes life livable. I like that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to just keep going. I’ve been able to continue this journey because I’ve just kept going. Each new obstacle has new rewards on the other side and then another set of new obstacles. I’ve decided to embrace the challenge rather than run away from it. I just keep pushing forward.
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.
Los Angeles is a wealth of resources. I’d take them to Menotti’s for coffee. Joy in Highland Park for Taiwanese food. La Isla Bonita in Venice for the best ceviche. Then cap it off at the beach in Venice walking the boardwalk. That’s my idea of perfect Los Angeles day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I had a high school teacher named Mark Salvatore who turned me on to great literature. We read 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his class. It’s clear and engaging writing had a big impact on me. From there, I went deeper into the worlds of literature and songwriting, but it all started with his class and that book.
— Nathan Bennett — Jody Domingue