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Meet Az Rudman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Az Rudman.

Az, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2017, I was working as a PA in Denver for High Noon Entertainment (Fixer Upper and Cake Boss) that led me to a job offer working on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I’ve always wanted to be an artist so I took the opportunity, packed my car, and moved in with some friends in Boyle Heights before eventually moving to Calabasas to work on the show.

When the season ended, I decided it was time to stop working for other people and see what I can accomplish if I started working for myself. Within a year, I recorded over 40 demos, worked on 20+ shows and films, became SAG-eligible and joined the union, and progressed to level 3 of The Groundlings Theatre School; then Covid-19 hit.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was kicked out of the room I was renting in Calabasas for throwing too big of a pool party on the 4th of July. After that, I had to hop around friend’s houses before settling in Burbank. I’ve lost family while being far from home (Missouri). My collective broke up after recording 3 albums before releasing our first project. With all of our projects shelved I put my head down, laser focused, and got back to work in the studio. I finished the recording of my future album and started knocking out demos left and right. My first two singles are dropping around November and New Years.

I started a company that was throwing parties and events around LA. Since Covid-19, most of those venues have closed their doors or completely shutdown. Rest in peace the Satellite. Before COVID, I spent every Sunday there working with and watching great comics like Whitmer Thomas, Ayo Edebiri, Jak Knight, Mitra Jouhari, Brandon Wardell and so many more. Also, rest in peace The Juice Joint where you could see the most incredible shows, gawd I hope after all of this that that comes back. The heat, the grind, the energy of LA, it was different from what I experienced in the Mid-West, but I’m from the age of internet and I acclimated quickly. Before too long LA will be my city.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
What sets me apart from others is my drive. I want this more than the average joe and it’s as simple as that. I’m committed to making a career out of my artistic endeavors. I graduated with a degree in Documentary Journalism, what that essentially means is that I know how to make a profit off of and distribute an indie film. All of this knowledge I apply to my small business and to my music. I have production experience from the largest show in the world and I’m fortunate that I’m able to produce, direct, assemble a team, write appearance and location releases, etc. Everyday I try to learn more and use what I’ve learned from work and school to turn these 40 demos into the best products they can be. I’m currently in the process of shooting the music video for my first single: PREQUEL.

I specialize in throwing live events, parties and concerts where I can showcase my music and also make a buck at the door. I’ve also had to become an expert in distribution and publishing in order to handle the publishing of my master tracks. I never want to be in a situation where a label thinks they know how to sell my music better than I do. My other specialty is music video production, I produce, direct and shoot parts of all of my music videos. I enjoy being a part of every single aspect of the creative process as well as the business side that comes along with it.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Jon Murray is my mentor, he created The Real World. I really need to listen to him more, he always tells me to focus on one thing. He knows I want to write screenplays and thinks I should spend all of my time and energy there. It’s advice that I’ve been given by a lot of people in my life. It’s also advice I’ll never take. Only you know what you’re capable of. I know I’m capable of winning an EGOT. That requires discipline in multiple fields. I’d get bored if I was only an actor, only an artist, only throwing events, only working production. It’s been fun having small successes in all of these fields (music, acting, improv, comedy, etc.). I know that if I keep working hard and grinding, and have patience, the small successes will become bigger ones.

My other mentors are my former teachers Stacey Woelfel and Robert Greene. They taught me that art is a business, and to not let that stop you from making the great art that you want to make. They’ve given me the confidence and drive (we call it Murray Hustle) to move to Los Angeles and follow my “dreams.” I’ve never looked at any of this as a dream though. My dreams are to have a Castle in the Mediterranean, a huge family, and just be happy and well off. Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve been aware that drama and music are classes, and if they’re classes that means there must be jobs and careers associated with them. Acting, performing, and recording has never been my dream, but my goal has always been to make a career out of art; and I’m very blessed to be doing so.

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