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

Hi Sheri, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller. Being an only child, you’re kind of always tasked with keeping yourself entertained, and for me, there was no better way to do that than by watching a good movie (shout out to the “Indie” section at Blockbuster!) or by curling up with a good book (double shout out to R.L. Stine and Judy Blume, who played almost as formative a role in my childhood development as my actual parents). For me, it was a bit of a no-brainer when my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. “I wanna tell stories, Miss!”. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to joke that I’m a Sheri of All trades, but it’s honestly the phrase that describes me the best. Currently, I’m developing a scripted project named CAMERONTOWN, which I’m hoping to share with the world very soon! I’m also a producer of short films, and my shorts have been featured in the Atlanta Film Festival, Outfest, and the Palm Springs International ShortFest (just to name a few). I also co-own a project with my mom called CLARE AND THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER, and we sell black nutcrackers, black plush ballerinas, and a children’s book of the same name written by my mom! Check us out at https://www.clareandthechocolatenutcracker.com/shop

It took me a while to get to this point, and let me tell, LA ain’t for the faint of heart. In my decade-ish out here I’ve been fired twice, laid off twice, survived 2 corporate mergers, got massacred in another, worked with celebrities, been yelled at by celebrities, and have seen how all of the pudding is made industry-wide. But as I get older, I realize all of these experiences were necessary for me to be the creative I am today. But man, it was touch and go for a while😅

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Jackson Market in Culver City is one of my favorite spots in the whole city, and it’s my go-to for coffee dates, birthday get togethers, and idle hang outs with the homies.

Il Capriccio in Los Feliz has the best squid ink pasta in the city and you can argue with your friends about it! I’ve spent the past 5 birthdays here, and here’s hoping to many more!

El Segundo Beach- It may not be the prettiest of the South Bay beaches, but it’s one of my favorites (and always has easy parking)! I usually bring my bike and take a little ride to the other beach cities (hey Redondo and Manhattan!).

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a HUUUUUUGEEE shoutout to Marie Cheng and Rochelle Meyer!! Without them, I would not be where I am now, and I am so appreciative of the love and support they continue to show me. When I first started pursuing writing a few years ago, Marie and Rochelle were two of my biggest supporters and they really encouraged me to keep writing, and then kept on encouraging me through every draft, every note, and every revision. It truly takes a village, and it’s an honor to havr these two women as a part of mine❤️❤️

Website: https://www.sheridawnbradford.com

Instagram: Sherib1121

Twitter: sheridemore

Other: https://www.clareandthechocolatenutcracker.com/shop

Image Credits
Photo by Kelsey M Swope

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