We had the good fortune of connecting with Trae Moliere and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trae, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Other than deciding to work for myself, the single most important decision I made was to actually START doing what I was planning. Even if it was just writing the plan down. I feel like the longer it’s in your head, the more time is wasted not implementing the first step that was thought of 10 ideas ago.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart from others is the love that I have for improvising on set or during the writing process. We all run into errors while shooting and I sometimes enjoy coming across these problems where we have to find a different way to make the “shot” or “look” work because you end up learning and discovering there’s more than one way to do things. Especially as Creatives, I think its good to be a little more open and not so “by the book”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Off the top of my head I would definitely say Leimert Park. Always good vibes and good people! We would eat at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (out of all places, yes). We’d definitely have to check out the Griffith Observatory, the Last Book Store, and last but not least.. A therapeutic hike at the Santa Paula Punch Bowls. 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?
Shoutout to Elton at Eleven 7 Ninety Films for giving me MANY opportunities to work behind the camera and help bring their stories to life. Shoutout to my partner/mentor Jordon Grinter for the endless amount of game he’s given. And lastly, Shoutout to Curtis, aka ShotbyCurt! Another creator in LA being consistent with his journey.
Jordon Grinter, Melissa Sanchez