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

Hi Tom, how do you think about risk?
Life is risk. And life is chance. Francis Bacon used to say something along those lines, and he’s probably right. I dropped out of architecture school to pursue a writing career. I moved out to LA a few years later, no safety net. I think if you’re looking to do something exceptional, you’re always going to take on some risk, or have some skin in the game, as they say. And if you didn’t it probably wouldn’t be any fun.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So what I do is I write and direct 3d animated films and the like. I’ve got a pilot in the works titled Lebbeus & Milo, so be ready for that. If I had to describe my work, which is not always a simple or easy thing to do, I’d call it a 3d animated Thomas Pynchon/Vonnegut/Wes Anderson/Coen Brothers-inspired deadpan-dark comedy with a hefty dose of Charlie Chaplin and The Simpsons. If that makes any sense to anyone. Roy Andersson and Charlie Kaufman are also quite important to me. As is the case with many of the people interested in the theater of the absurd, networking isn’t necessarily in my wheelhouse, so getting to where I’m at has been a struggle for sure! And there’s still a long way to go. I think the only truly important lesson I’ve learned is that no amount of preparation can completely prepare you for anything, so you might as well just jump in.

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?
That’s a tough one! I came out here right before the pandemic kicked in so I’m still learning myself. But if I did have to pick I’d say Koreatown is a great spot for some good food and some serious karaoke. You can find me at this great restaurant on 6th called Dan Sung Sa. You also can’t beat a drive down the PCH without a destination in mind, although Malibu is always a decent destination if destinations are your thing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Coming to LA a few years back, I was on my own as far as finding a way into the world of screenwriting and animation until I met the guys in ArtKVLT – Domzilla and MadKidGenius. So I’d have to go with those guys, both supremely talented graphic designers.

Website: tomloerch.com

Instagram: @tomloerchanimation

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEaJKGXtn_UargjbiV4r-Ag

Other: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=64596389

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