We had the good fortune of connecting with Robyn August and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robyn, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Happiness is in the journey, not the destination” I love this quote because it reminds me to enjoy the moment and not pretend that a “reward’ or prize will fulfill my life. Only the constant pursuit of the next idea, project, relationships, life experiences etc will keep my soul happy. It also ties in with another mantra I keep, that there are no winners and losers, just winning and learning. Failure is always a gift to me, to get better and work harder at something. I will never achieve my goals without the constant drive and determination, ignited by my past failures.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The all encompassing title I like to give myself is “Storyteller” Mostly because “Artist” always is a bit vague and can come across pompous if you’re not careful. I tell stories in everything I do. Wether it’s writing an album, drawing, writing a script or editing. My intention is always to tell a story in a different or interesting way. My goal is to keep peoples attention and hopefully connect to them on a deeper level. It’s not always easy but I love challenges. Also the beauty of art is that it’s subjective and there is always an audience for something. I only can hope that my work affects people or sparks a conversation. If one kid is inspired by something I’ve done and becomes a storyteller themselves…well there’s no greater gift. I just try to stay honest in my work and that seems to really resinate with people so I’m grateful for that. I want my tombstone to say “Robyn August – He had some really cool ideas” JK you can just cremate me and throw me into the ocean baby!
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 would immediately take them back to LAX and we would both fly to New Orleans! (I’m only half kidding) Some of the things I liked to do before the shutdowns was go hiking, the beach or have a fun day exploring food and drinks in pockets of LA like Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Venice Beach, DTLA etc. As far as food, I would take them to Howlin’ Ray’s in Chinatown for some Nashville Hot Chicken. The food and service is unreal. If the line was too long (still worth the wait) I would take them to my favorite Mexican food, El Compadre in Echo Park. Maybe we could also catch a film at The Alamo Drafthouse in DTLA. We could also just hang out on a Saturday or Sunday at Echo Park or search for some sweet vinyl deals at Amoeba. Writing this has really made me miss this city when it was open haha :/ 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?
Honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of fellow crew/artists. Making films is really a team effort and I’m very lucky to have a group of talented people that help turn my dreams into physical form. I always love to pay that forward to any other filmmakers/artists. I love this community and only hope to continue meet new artists to fly to Neverland with 🙂
The Method Fest Film Festival Awards shots were by photographer Eddie Ruvalcaba