We had the good fortune of connecting with Parker Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Parker, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
While I was in Film School, my friends and I started making short sketch comedy videos, we treated it as some sort of practice while we worked towards our degree. As time went on, each sketch started to “level up”, whether it was production value, story elements, or editing, we were making noticeable improvements. By the time we were all suiting up to graduate, we had a fairly impressive library of sketches we really enjoyed. The normal path after film school would be finding PA gigs and internships, but whether it’s subordination or self-respect, none us wanted a 50-year-old man throwing a coffee in our face because it was the wrong type. Instead, we wanted to bring our little youtube channel to a monetized sustainable brand. A brand that not only can produce our content but produce our friend’s content as well, a boy band of filmmakers if you will. Our constant want for creative and monetary freedom has and will always be our main goal for the company and I don’t see that ever changing.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Based in Los Angeles, Witty Production Company L.L.C is a multi-layered creative hub that focuses on narrative and commercial film, as well as music videos and art-based projects. It was founded in 2018 but officially founded in 2020 and since then we’ve been working on all sorts of content with friends and peers. It’s hard to pick what I’m most proud of regarding the company. I’m proud of every part of it, from the logo to our website, but I guess seeing us learn and move on while carrying out a vision is the most meaningful to me. We have conversations about the often complex business model of our industry, we aren’t selling someone a necessity, we are trying to gain the trust of people so we can sell them our art, our creative endeavors, which is not an easy way to operate a business. We have a lot of projects coming out this year that I’m very excited about, we have some live events coming up, short films in pre and post-production, and a few other projects in development.
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?
There’s this place in Downtown LA called Coles French dip, They have these incredible sandwiches and fries that we love, we haven’t gone in a bit due to the pandemic but we are all looking forward to going again. They have this mustard that will literally make you cry if you eat too much but regardless it’s great. We love going to the Melrose swap meet every Sunday, we can walk for hours looking at homemade jewelry and clothing. it’s such a great place to see what all the creatives of LA are doing or even wearing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to my business partners and best friends, Michael Stinnett, Garrett Hoffmann, Dima Shorin. Without these guys, Witty Production Company would be nonexistent, or even worse, just like everyone else’s company.
Other: My personal Instagram account @Parkersmither
Photo Credit Hoffmannlh _dhiruu Moodsbymonica