We had the good fortune of connecting with Pat Branch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pat, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been a writer since I was a kid. I started out as a novelist, then discovered screenwriting, and then stand up comedy. All of them work together to bring me joy and what’s better than having a career doing something you love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I created a longline for myself: I write about when odd things happen to funny people.
Yes, I went to college to study the craft of filmmaking so that I’d be able to write great scripts, but I got here by being in two right place at two right times and now have co-written two feature films that were actually produced. The lessons I’ve learned are patience and humility, because if you don’t practice them, the Universe will knock you down and then you have to figure out how to get back up and keep trying. Even when you do practice them, there are always lessons to be learned. I just try to be open to learning them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to the Santa Monica pier to ride the rides, then boogie boarding in the Pacific Ocean, then out to dinner at the Sidewalk Cafe on the Venice Boardwalk for fish & chips & a nice lager to go with. We’d do a museum/art gallery day in DTLA, then another museum/art gallery day on the west side (Getty/LACMA). At some point, we’d hit my favorite dance floor. Oh, & we’d rent a convertible go for a drive up the coast to Santa Barbara; maybe stay overnight.
And find some good live entertainment spots for music and comedy and to see a play
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?
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