We had the good fortune of connecting with Skylar Schock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Skylar, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
As tropey as it sounds, I am constantly inspired by artists who are vulnerable for the sake of the craft. I’m specifically inspired by actress/storytellers like Phoebe Waller Bridge, Issa Rae, Lena Dunham, Michaela Coel, who were all were brave enough to bare authentic truths from their own personal stories. Their fearless commitment to uniquely telling their stories in turn makes space for others to do the same, and ultimately proves that there is no shortage of demand for good content. I think a lot of times we believe this industry is a competition, but really, we all want to watch something new, something familiar but with a specific point of view, and the best way to do that is to tell a story only you can tell.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an actor/producer who is committed to championing dark comedies and complicated female narratives. The journey to getting where I am today was absolutely not easy, but it has been deeply rewarding. For me, it took a long time to separate my own ego from my work, and realize that being an actor and producer, or an actor and a writer, didn’t make me any less of an actor. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was to look at people who have the career you want, and see how they got there. There are absolutely paths to success that you can follow and lessons you can learn from others.
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?
Food & Drink – Drinks at Jones on Santa Monica. A dive thats not a dive, where you can always find a spot to sit but also you may end up sitting next to an A-lister.
– Philz Coffee.
– Kitchen 24 never failed to disappoint after a night out.
– Night + Market
– I always take someone new to the city to the Getty. Even if you just go for the views, it’s worth it. If you have time to check out the art, it is a perfect way to spend the day.
– Park at the Anneberg Beach House and walk along the path down into Venice. It is a few miles round trip, but one of my favorite ways to be by the ocean, outside all day. 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?
So, so, so many people deserve a shoutout in my story that I could probably spend the entire day espousing thanks to the people who have helped me get to where I am today. I have been incredibly lucky to have phenomenal mentorship and teachers, and my friends and family are endlessly amazing. Today I want to give an extra special shoutout to Colleen Slattery, Kayla Baken, Julia Manis, David Meyers, Evan Solomita, and Deseree Whitt. They all have listened to my ridiculous story pitches, read any and every draft of whatever I write, and constantly help me stay both motivated and inspired to create.
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