Today we’d like to introduce you to Brad Lewandowski.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got started in theatre my senior year of high school. I was a hockey player growing up and all through high school and I didn’t really think too much about what I wanted to study in college. Then, in the summer between my junior and senior years, I started feeling pressure to know what I wanted to do with my life and what I wanted to major in and all these questions that I didn’t know the answers to. I had always wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t have a clue how to go about becoming an actor. I didn’t know you could major in theatre and work your way towards a career. I always just thought there was some mysterious magic behind it all (and truth be told, I still think there is). So, I went to the theatre teacher my first day of class my senior year and told her I wanted to pursue acting. I also told her if she thought I was a “no-talent hack” to tell me right away so I can move on to something else. Luckily, she though I had something special to offer, and I never looked back. I decided I wanted to be an actor because I love telling stories. I have always loved mythology and fairy tales. It wasn’t long before I started wanting to create stories for myself. I began writing sketches and goofy scenes, and eventually graduated to shorts and feature-length screenplays, pilots, and more.
You were fortunate to have a good theatre program at your high school and a supportive teacher. Has it been a smooth road since then?
The road has definitely been a bumpy one. Setting out on a path to be an artist will usually have its fair share of difficulty. Some challenges that have been tough for me have been relocating. I grew up in St. Louis, MO and after graduating college, I moved to New York City. I didn’t know anyone, except my friend that moved with me. It was a major challenge to become familiar with such a big city and make my own way while also making new friends and career contacts. Moving to Los Angeles from New York was a much smoother transition. I knew a good group of people already living out here, and they all helped me with making LA feel like home.
It’s also a challenge to find side jobs that are flexible with an artistic lifestyle. I’ve managed to work in restaurants and bars most of my adult life, and it usually works out well, allowing for time for my creative life, But those jobs aren’t always great with taking extended periods of time off to pursue creative endeavors.
And, of course, the challenge of getting your work seen. That’s the toughest one.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a writer, actor, producer, and director. My good friend and writing partner, Chet Abbott, and I work out of our production company, Pretty Much Boys. We specialize in fantasy and science fiction. We started off trying to win a Star Wars fan film contest. We made our short, Hearts of Kyber, but the contest ended the year we shot our short. We had a difficult but rewarding time making Hearts of Kyber, and after we finished, we continued to write and develop projects.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Being saturated in the film and television industry in Los Angeles can be a double-edged sword. It’s great to always be in the mix and meeting new people and contacts. But at the same time. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break and refresh your mind away from the hustle of the business. One of the best things about LA is how easy it is to get to a place that can help me refresh. Sometimes it’s the beach or mountains, sometimes it’s heading to a new restaurant or bar. It’s all here, which is amazing.
- Instagram: @braddoesntgram