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

Hi Rick, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ― Bruce Lee.

I recently returned from a film shoot (let’s be honest, a vacation) in Costa Rica where I had the symbol of water tattoo’d on me, alongside ‘manifest’, ‘gratitude’ and the day I first picked up a video camera. Inspecting all these questions available to answer, I found this to cover the most important aspect of my personal mantra and principals.

It’s no small feat to start your own business, for myself that was my junior year at Columbia College Chicago. I continued to expand upon that early foundation, eventually leading a company move to Los Angeles (crazy, right?). Every major career step, heck, every day on a film set is met with hurdles. What I’ve found in my career as an artist is that in order to meet each day’s challenges, it requires a great deal of internal peace. A lesson I learned early on from my parents is that it’s not what happens to you but how you react that matters. Especially coming out of this pandemic, we’ve all experienced significant hardships, loss, trauma. My career has taken many unexpected turns for the better and the worse and I meet each direction with equal open mind and heart. We can only do so much to control our careers, our destinies, falling in love, so why not meet the world with open arms? I’ve found that not only does this bring greater opportunities for manifesting my dream career but it has helped me meet these challenges with a steady hand and an open mind to learn and grow. I truly believe these are some of the most necessary qualities in being a good director and a good leader. Life will throw us into the rocks, over the cliff, as well as nourish our body; best not to pick those fights. Be water.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Over the span of my career I’ve danced the line between artist, creative and business person. In my youth, the uninhibited filmmaker was free to express himself from the confines of others. As I’ve entered the mid-stage of my career and life, I’ve found a deep desire to return to that childlike wonder. I’ve had many years as a successful commercial and brand content director. I’ve worked with Nike, Bud Light, McDonalds, Google the NBA — a dream for any director. I’ve directed and starred in a number of digital streaming series. In the middle of 2020, as the production world shuddered, I stepped back to ask myself if I was doing what I loved. I had spent the last several years chasing larger clients, projects, advertising agencies, and budgets. I was successful in that regard, but it came with a price. I no longer saw that young boy in the mirror who made films for the sake of art and expression. Since the pandemic slammed the brakes to my chasing harder, better, faster things, I’ve reignited the passion that sent me on this crazy journey to begin with. I want to tell great stories, make people laugh and cry, and not worry about serving a board of voices, but be true to my own. Great stories have unexpected turns, character growth, and I’m very much on my own hero’s journey.

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 never enough time to show friends and family what Los Angeles means to me. First, the museums are exceptional — I’d rather take them to the new Academy museum that gloss over Hollywood Blvd for their tinseltown fix. Some fresh air on a hike in Malibu, followed by a sunset on the beach. They’ll probably want to go somewhere “cool” so Soho House, The Nice Guy, or Delilah are a solid evening of brushing shoulders with celebs. If I get a chance, my favorite place is to bring them on set with me. There’s something so special about film sets, especially to people who don’t work in the industry, that can be such a unique experience.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s a thousand people I owe gratitude to for helping me every step of the way but I have to give the highest praise to my mother and father. Since I was a kid, they encouraged me to be a crazy, creative explorer. Without this stable foundation and encouragement, there’s no way I would have persevered through some of the challenges I had to face. Whatever the situation was, they would guide me with knowledge and encouragement. I’ll never forget how many times my dad would dress up in ridiculous outfits and give an Oscar-worthy performance in some hilarious films of my youth.

Website: www.underscorefilms.com

Instagram: rick_wayne

Other: A special shout-out to my love, Jordan Michelle, who I’ve been serving as Creative Director for in her blossoming music career. www.jordanmichellemusic.com – Check her out on Spotify/Apple Music, you won’t regret it!

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