We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Zucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zach, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I personally have no interest in creating art that is “right” or correct. If there’s no risk, there’s no reward, and I want nothing to do with it. There’s too much going on at all times to take a lazy, safe approach to creation, especially when there are so many people out there who would kill to be in front of an audience. It’s a privilege to perform for a room full of people and it’s something I am grateful for every time I get the chance. Ultimately I believe we have a responsibility to push the boundaries and I find it extremely boring/a waste of everyone’s time if you’re not willing to throw yourself into the unknown for your art. Thankfully, I have been fortunate to find a global collective of like-minded artists who feel the same burning desire as I do.
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 studied at an international clown school in France called École Philippe Gaulier which has been the primary influence on my creative style. Among many principles, Philippe taught the importance of the relationship between the performer and the audience, If you listen, they’ll tell you exactly where to go and what to do. All you need is an endless desire to be onstage and the rest will fall into place.
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?
If my hypothetical best friend was visiting me in Los Angeles, the first place I’m taking them is to Juanito’s Tacos in City Terrace over in East LA. Juanito has been our friend for years – he’s got the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten in my whole life, and his family helps prep the sauces. We’ve been eating his food for years and he’s been coming to our shows ever since we met. Long live the Joker from East LA!
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?
As international touring clowns that relied on the kindness of strangers for eight years, I want to thank the hundreds of individuals and households that gave us shelter along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world five times over, staying with incredible people like Cali in Adelaide, Oli in London, Jansen in Los Angeles, Sam in New York, Sumendra in Mumbai, Tom in Brighton, Olivia in San Francisco, Ruby in Manchester, Ethan in Chicago, and so many more. Without these wonderful folks, who knows where we would be. I love and appreciate you all so much and I can’t wait to invite you to the inevitable “Everyone Who We Ever Stayed With Slumber Party” when this is all over <3
All photo credits go to Dylan Woodley