We had the good fortune of connecting with Noam Dromi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noam, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wrote my first book when I was 7. My family had moved to this country a year and a half earlier and I had difficulty making friends, which inspired me to write “People Who Are Friends – A Guide To Having and Being The Best Buddy Possible”. It made me realize the power of words to convey ideas, elicit emotions and find my voice — not that I understood that on an intellectual level at that age. By age 17 I was a published and produced playwright, by age 20 I sold my first teleplay, by the time I was 30 I sold my first film project which went on to get produced and made nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office and I won my first Emmy before I turned 40. While I’m proud of these accomplishments, what has continued to drive me throughout my career is the same thing that inspired 7-year old me — the power of storytelling, the realization that the written word can transform people’s perspectives, help them to develop empathy and expand their notions of what’s possible. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also expanded my focus towards helping other emerging storytellers find their voice so they can pursue a creative career as well.
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.
Many, if not most, of the successes I’ve had in my career came about because of the support of mentors. Pursuing a career in the creative arts can often be a lonely journey, and the insights and expertise from others who have previously walked the path makes all the difference in the world. Those individuals empowered me to give myself permission to own my role as a storyteller. Although I have very deliberately been behind the scenes for the majority of my career, I’ve taken the last year during the pandemic to get out of my comfort zone and come forward to own my brand, which I call Noamenclature. It’s a methodology by which I try to help everyone that I come into contact with professionally find their true aspirational superpower and give themselves permission to own that role. To quite literally name themselves on THEIR terms, not what others want them to be. I’m most proud of the teams that I’ve gotten to be a part of throughout my career, who have helped me be the best version of myself, who have challenged me and held me accountable and who I’ve gotten to celebrate many wins with. This past year, that included my work as part of the digital media platform Silver Screen Studios that celebrates the stories of older adults who share how they’ve overcome adversity to survive and thrive in old age. We had the blessing of being able to interview the legendary actor/director Carl Reiner a few weeks before he died. The road hasn’t been easy and the landmines of failure have been daunting. But the mistakes have helped me grow and the successes are that much sweeter because I got to share them with amazing people who inspire me every day.
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’ve been in LA most of my life. Although the city is quite different today than it was in my youth, this is still an amazing place to live, work and relax. Whenever I play tour guide for out of town guests, I try to take them off the beaten path a bit. From amazing plant based restaurants like Crossroads Kitchen and Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, to great bars like Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills and The Spare Room inside the Roosevelt Hotel, there are countless places to eat and drink that I’ve done my best to support even during the pandemic. As an avid hiker, I take out of town guests to some of my favorite trails which include Temescal Canyon, Devil’s Punchbowl in the San Gabriel Mountains and Wildwood Mesa Trail in Thousand Oaks. Although we haven’t been able to enjoy it through most of 2020, LA also has amazing live events venues I love ranging from the Troubador, The Theater at Ace Hotel and The Satellite for live music to The Odyssey, the Skylight and The Hudson Theaters for plays. I also love avant garde museums including the Museum of Jurassic Technology in the Palms District, the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale and the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights.
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 currently serve as the Managing Director for Reboot Studios, the content arm of the Jewish arts and culture non-profit Reboot. Our membership is filled with a diverse rank of creative practitioners whose work explores Jewish themes and values that speak to the best of our humanity and challenge us to build a better and more inclusive world. I dedicate this shootout to the hard working team at Reboot that helps develop, fund and execute amazing creative works.
Other: I’m also an advisor to a number of great companies including: Silver Screen Studios – https://silverscreenstudios.org/ Cook By Color – https://www.cookbycolor.com/ Paper Crane Productions – http://www.papercranefilms.com/ Rowe Policy + Media – https://www.rowepolicymedia.com/