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Daily Inspiration: Meet Theodore Dudley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theodore Dudley.

Theodore, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started out as an intern for the commercial wing of Jesse Dylan’s production company Wondros. Over the course of my academic career, I ended up interning there for over six months total and kept coming back for the incredible company culture and the opportunity to work alongside their incredible roster of creative talent.

My internship turned into a job offer, and from there, I tried to learn as much as possible about production. Both creatively and from a producing perspective.

As you do in Los Angeles, I moved to different companies, grew my network of contacts, and eventually had enough clients to support my own business.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Where’s the fun in that?

It hasn’t been a smooth road, and I think any freelancer can tell you about the ever-present anxiety that stalks us before, during, and after every project. We’re always wondering where the next paycheck may come from, second-guessing ourselves, and angling for opportunities.

I think much of the struggle comes from the fact that none of us knows what it’s like to be independent until we make the jump. That said, I think that those of us that do decide to jump do so for a reason, so at the end of the day it’s a matter of sink or swim.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I run Wilde Writing, collaborating with artists to enhance and hone their vision for Film, TV, Commercial, and Music Video projects.

I’ve worked for some of the industry’s most celebrated talents, including Doja Cat, H.E.R., Issa Rae, and brands such as Adidas, EA, Ford, and PepsiCo.

My most recent work for H.E.R. was played at the 93rd Oscar awards in 2021, where she then won best original song for “Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

I considered myself a non-proprietary creative, working on everything from animated series to power tool keynotes. As long as there’s a vision, I’m intrigued.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Coming to LA for the first time was a definite highlight. I was a YouTube kid, and when your favorite YouTuber started shooting in LA, that meant that they made it (or were at least on their way). More than anything, I wanted to visit Venice Beach, where YouTuber KassemG shot his series “California On.”

It’d be over a decade before I saw LA again, but going there as a kid helped keep the dream alive.

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Personal Photo – Jon Lazar

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