We had the good fortune of connecting with Stan Zimmerman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I don’t really think in terms of “risk”, since the official meaning of that word is “the possibility of loss”. I feel you grow from every situation. But I definitely like to take chances and push myself with my work into areas that I might not have experienced before. Also, I do seem to naturally fall into controversial issues in my work. I don’t go looking for them, but I am interested in exploring subjects that seem to push buttons. This started with me being involved with the changing of a building on the Sony lot from a person who named names during the McCarthy trials to the lesbian kiss episode of “Roseanne” to my recent LatinX production of the play, “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Luckily I learned early on, actually at the age of 7 1/2, to watch people and listen. This was taught to me as a young acting student at Cranbrook Theatre School in Michigan and has been a key to my being able to create content for so many different types of characters. Also to not let anyone stop you. Know where you want to go and if you hit a road block, figure out another path to get there. You will learn so much on this new road and you will meet so many interesting new people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a difficult question to answer during Covid. But let’s look forward to a life post pandemic. I would probably take them for a morning run around Lake Hollywood. It’s a beautiful spot for nature and people watching. The afternoon I’d probably spend vintage shopping, perhaps in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz area. At night, since it’s California, there are some amazing outdoor restaurants like Perch, Ysabel, Cliff’s Edge, Cafe Stella or the top of Mama Shelter. I used to be a real foodie and would love to try new restaurants as often as I could. But since returning to the theatre, I now like to eat at a restaurant within walking distance of whatever play I might be attending.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a big shoutout to all the wonderful women that I’ve had the honor to work with in my career. That’s why I’m writing my book, “The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore”. I recently signed a deal with Indigo River Publishing to release my book. It will be a Valentine to these exceptional women that made me the man I am today.
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Other: Google me and CNN/Brooke Baldwin to see my interviews about Roseanne’s firing and my LatinX “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
First pic in sweater is by Braden Davis