We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Lenn ( Lenn is my middle name) Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler Lenn ( Lenn is my middle name), we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Since I was young, my life mission has been to help people see the good in themselves and others. This personal mission really drove my thought process when I decided to start my company. This journey began when I was in undergrad. As a senior, I wrote, directed and choreographed an original dance production called, HUMANITY that addresses various social issues through theatrics and dance. After I graduated, I began to tour, HUMANITY, to various venues and soon realized that the most rewarding part of producing the show was the impact it had on people. I’ll never forget when one of my cast members told me that their involvement in the show helped them feel comfortable accepting their sexuality and coming out to their family. Or when an audience member told me that their granddaughter opened up about being bullied at school after watching the show. These moments helped me realize that I could follow my life mission by starting my own company. Therefore, after 15 performances and two years of graduate school, I turned this one show into a full company called, HUE Productions.
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.
I’ve been creating work for approximately 10 years and I’m just beginning to fully understand my artistic perspective and viewpoint. I believe everyone has a story to tell and that story can open the hearts and minds of others. I hope to encourage people to see the good in themselves and others by curating and sharing true stories. Vulnerability plays a huge role in this process. I’ve learned that being vulnerable is the best way to connect with someone, break down barriers and find common ground, so I try to instill the essence of vulnerability into all of my work.
Understanding my creative perspective has come with a lot of trial and error, self-doubt and questioning. For instance, I love interdisciplinary arts, specifically combining spoken word with dance, but I’ve struggled with basic ballet, modern, and jazz for the majority of my life. However, I’ve always been a natural at dancing and creating movement to music. For the longest time I was insecure about my choreography because it wasn’t a specific genre and because of my limited “technical” abilities. But I had to make a decision for myself: 1) Give up on choreography and dance because I didn’t fit a certain mold 2) Create my own mold. Ultimately, I chose the latter and I’m so glad I did. The most rewarding part of my work is when people thank me for telling stories that resonate with them. None of this would be possible if I didn’t allow myself to be my authentic artistic self.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What I love about California is that there is literally something for everyone. You can go skiing at Big Bear one day and then surfing at Santa Monica the next or even the same day! There is no other place like it! If one of my best friends visited (in a post COVID world) I’d take them to some of my favorite spots. We’d start by visiting downtown, specifically my favorite Speakeasy The Edison and enjoy a night of great food and dancing. The next day we hit up the beach – either the spontaneous and diverse Venice Beach or for a more low-key feel, head to a smaller peaceful beach near La Jolla, CA. If time permits, we’d definitely visit the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens – one of my favorite places to relax and center myself in in Los Angeles. Then to end the visit we’d hit up West Hollywood and catch a festival, comedy show or concert!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been extremely lucky to have many people support, mentor and encourage me throughout my career. Nevertheless, my parents deserve the most credit and recognition when it comes to helping me on my journey. My decision to major in theater in undergrad was met with many skeptics. I specifically remember being questioned, laughed at and told that I couldn’t make a career out of theater. However, none of these statements came from my parents. In fact, they did just the opposite by encouraging me to pursue what I was passionate about. Words cannot express how grateful I am that they gave me the space to explore my passions without judgment. Beyond that, my mother is a business owner herself. I watched her juggle a full-time job, while going to graduate school, starting her business, Zoe Life Spa and Salon, and raising me all at the same time (Superhero is an understatement when describing my mother). She not only inspired me to start my own business but took time to help me develop my company’s policies and processes. On the other hand, my father was a driving force in my passion for helping people which ultimately led to my company’s mission. As a motivational speaker and former behavioral healthcare provider, my father has spent his career helping people. Watching him work and interact with people helped instill the values I have today, which ultimately lead to HUE Productions. Above all of this, my parents are my company’s biggest fans! Between driving my cast members to out of state performances, donating time and money, and never missing a show my parents have shown support in more ways than one. They deserve more credit than I can ever give them.
Image 2, 4, and 7 – Steve Jessmore Image 6 – Bridgette Wynn Photography Image 1 and 5 – Wingshuttr photography