We had the good fortune of connecting with Troy DeVolld and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Troy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’d been working for decades on other people’s projects and growing frustrated at the increasing lack of sense of ownership in creative results. With Story T Media, especially on the publishing side, I get the feeling that what’s put out feels like it comes from me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve worked in reality television for twenty years, and have celebrated the good stuff every bit of the way. It’s too often dismissed as junk, primarily because some people forget it’s about story, not just spectacle. After a stress-related setback in 2020, I made falling in love with Los Angeles and the business again my priority with ONE HUNDRED POEMS about Los Angeles. It worked, and played a massive role in my healing process. It’s the most personal project ever undertaken, with the possible exception of my nearly-completed documentary feature about reality tv, REMEMBER, WE’RE NOT HERE.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a handful of places I really consider magical here. On that list: Graumann’s Chinese Theater and The Egyptian, Musso & Frank, The Smoke House (where I always land at Garry Marshall’s old table), The Palm, The Polo Lounge on a weekday at lunch, Gogosha Optique in Echo Park and Paramount Studios, whose walking tour is one of the nicest and most “grown-up” of all studio lot experiences. Until recently, I took the StarLine open-van tours four times a year to watch other people react to the city I am in constant danger of taking for granted. It’s work to stay here, and a lot of that work is staying happy and in a place of openness to possibility. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The late, great Allee Willis encouraged me to go my own way creatively, as has creative powerhouse Prudence Fenton and my chums in Full Sail University’s Hall of Fame.
Instagram: @realitytvtroy and @rememberwerenothere
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