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Conversations with Grant Crocker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Crocker.

Hi Grant, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I moved to Los Angeles on September 1st, 2020. It was mid-pandemic and I recently graduated from Webster University with a bachelor’s in screenwriting. I booked an Airbnb, packed my car, and said goodbye to my entire life. It was exciting getting to start over, the idea felt fresh, and I was ready to accomplish my professional goals. That’s until, well, I was about 6 hours into the car ride.

I broke down. “Am I making a mistake?”

This plagued my mind for the first month in Los Angeles. I was in a city that felt so distinctly different than anywhere I had ever been. I shed lots of tears. I didn’t even have a job. I had no friends for a while. I relied heavily on my friend back in Missouri. I went eight months without any job in my preferred industry (entertainment). I did a lot of freelance gigs to get by, but after a while, I was losing hope.

In May, I was browsing social media when I came across an open casting call. It was for a new 1920’s movie in Los Angeles and two days away. The opportunity excited me and I immediately liked the casting companies’ social media pages to keep up to date with their projects. A day later, the same casting agency posted a job for a casting assistant. I applied within 30 minutes. Soon after, I received a call and found myself working the open casting call I was so eager to attend. It really happened that quick.

Obtaining your first job in your preferred industry is such a morale boost. For so long I questioned my worth and now I probably am a bit too confident. (Though, can you ever be too confident?). I have now worked on multiple projects and feel as motivated as ever to create, define, and accomplish.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Has it been a smooth road? Never! The funny thing is, I don’t really see anything that may happen as a “struggle.” It’s important to take any kind of inconvenience and turn it into a convenience. Everyday is a new “bump in the road” and if we let these overtake our journey, we truly wouldn’t go anywhere.

I tell myself that every struggle will take me even farther.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I graduated with a bachelor’s in screenwriting. The goal is to be a Showrunner someday (soon!). I specialize in drama, sci-fi, and true narratives. I like to tell stories. Fictional or not, it is important for people to watch and read stories they can relate to.

“What sets you apart from others” is an interesting question. There are seven billion people on the planet, honestly, I don’t think I’m that different from at least a million of them. You know? However, I believe those million people that I am similar to are pretty damn talented! Haha, but to answer the question, I would simply say perspective sets me apart. Perspective is my favorite thing to talk about because so many television shows and movies these days lack it. We have old cis white straight men writing the dialogue for diverse teenage characters. In what world does that writer know the struggles and personality of a teenager? As a writer working in the entertainment industry, what sets me apart is that I have a unique perspective as a generation z young adult and can greatly contribute to the infamous narrative of young stories.

I am currently pitching a new drama series titled Black Sheep. Co-written with Azizi Donnelly and McKenna Ralston, Black Sheep focuses on the lives of four outcasts whose stories intertwine and unfold the truth behind an Italian Restaurant named Frank’s and a woman’s disappearance.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I am always looking to talk to, network, and collaborate with upcoming and established creatives. You can check out my Instagram @grantlandoncrocker, my Tiktok @grantcrocker, and email me to connect gcrockercast@gmail.com.

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