We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Schuelke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what do you attribute your success to?
I’d say authenticity…but then someone calling themselves authentic screams, well, inauthentic. I mean it in the sense that it took a long time to figure out that being myself is the most important aspect I can bring to acting, to creating content. In an industry of opinion, it’s easy to stray from what makes you unique to cast or work with. I have grown confident in my abilities and allowed myself to give in to what I am doing with that. It doesn’t mean I don’t take criticism or feedback, learning and growing is never ending and just as important, but I’ve tried several different peoples version of what Tyler I should be. What’s been key is being the real one because my brand is me. I reach out when I wouldn’t before, which leads to a second reason for success – other people. Friends, colleagues, industry professionals, the assistant to the assistant; it’s all about connections. Not just in the sense of who they are and how they can help you or who you know but actually connecting with them and likability. Everything is a team effort and knowing what you can bring to that team is important. I truly believe collaboration is the key to success. It also doesn’t hurt to scratch someones back, it really helps when you get your own creative itch later.
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 try to blend reality in my fictional work and comedy. We live at a time where a lot of people think there isn’t an original idea out there. I don’t share in this belief, but I understand the need to know it for creating content. So I try to take situations that we don’t normally get presented with and turn them on their head. For example, every time I saw something like torture in an action or drama movie, it was always done by some huge, intimidating, straight dude – I made the short ‘Torture Trouble’ about a gay couple who go on their first torture session together, one trying to “train” the other and it doesn’t go well. I looked for the comedy and honesty in the relationship but also the absurd situation. My brand of comedy is quick and wordy, awkward and dare I say borderline dad humor. I love a solid pun. But I also like to lean into the darker side of things, that’s what I’m drawn to. I look up to those who can ground an unreal situation. It’s just like with acting in the sense of pouring myself in, I write what inspires me, what makes me laugh, what I think is original or unique and I unleash it. Wait, that’s not true. I send it around and get a lot of trusted feedback then I give it one of those extendable leashes; it’s out there but always close.
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?
Oh man – that is such a tough one, there is so much to do! I would head out to the Getty Villa over near Malibu – it’s phenomenal. Greek, Roman and Etruscan art (and recreations) set in a villa designed from one back at Herculaneum (back in the day). My Aunt took me there when I first came to LA and it’s one of my favorite spots. Insane views of the water and since you’re so close to the water – hit up Malibu pier or head to Santa Monica or Venice beach. Rent some bikes, cruise around. In the summer its fun to catch a film outside at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for Cinespia or more locally, I would take them to the Tar Pits and walk around then go to LACMA for a Friday jazz evening with a wine filled picnic on the lawn and live music! Gotta also give a shout out to The Little Bar on La Brea, it’s everything you would want in a little corner bar; gotta love an aptly establishment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Nick Rood. He is incredulously earnest and a strong, constant support in my life and career. (Even that feels like an understatement.) He’s an outstanding editor with style and a creative eye. His head must be warm due to the many different hats he dons behind the scenes to help me flourish. But there’s more! He allows that safe space to trudge through the crap to get my character or piece just right, sans judgement. I couldn’t do this sans him. Jordan Van Clief is a close friend and a breath of fresh flair. We jive comedically and feed so well off each others energy, as well as believing in each others ideas. I’m thankful for her as a constant-creative-collaborator. A triple C! (We’ll turn it into a thing.) Jamie Brooks – holy wow I look up to her incredible writing. So clever, honest and hilarious. Always willing to help in whatever way she can. I’m lucky she is a cheerleader of mine, the support has been endless. I can’t not thank my family in Seattle who have always encouraged my ambitions endlessly. Before I even moved to LA they helped with everything. They even turned the living room into a green-screened tornado: Dad manning two fans, while Mom threw leaves everywhere, my brother tossing whatever he could find – they have gone to that level with all I do and I’m extremely grateful, not to mention lucky.
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