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Meet Clint Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clint Clark.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Clint. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Like many other kids may have felt I didn’t fit in with the High School Sports crowd. I found my comfort and support by joining drama and participating in High School Plays and Community Theatre. This was my safe space. By filling up my time with drama rehearsals I also had a good excuse to no longer go hunting with my Dad and Brother. Hunting was torture for me but I was trying to fit in and keep my feminism masked with “masc” type activities. When I started acting it opened me up creatively and I knew I had found myself. I continued studying theatre through college, attended the Gaiety School in Dublin, Ireland, went to summer stock theatres, and eventually found an amazing theatre community in Minneapolis. I started getting more involved with film and knew I had to make the move to Los Angeles. That was eleven years ago when I moved here from Minneapolis. Literally whatever fit in my Sebring convertible was all I brought. My acting teacher in Minneapolis told me there was an apartment available in Mar Vista with two girls from MN who needed a roommate. I met them the day I pulled up to the apartment in Mar Vista. The rent was $500/month LOL those were the day!. I love LA and still find the magic in believing that anything is possible. I have found a great group of friends that are family. We encourage and believe in each other. I continue to follow my passion for acting and filmmaking.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s not been a smooth road and for that I am thankful. All of my struggles helped me learn to stand on my own. Being a person that my drive is to create it has been difficult to always support myself financially and find work to pay my bills that also allowed me the freedom to audition and have time for my passions. I think my biggest struggle has been my self-doubt. Many times, I thought I should just give up and go back to Iowa or go live in a little cabin somewhere away from everything. After coming through all of the difficult times I feel stronger and care less about what makes me successful and focus on just creating and trusting Clint.

Clint Clark – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I like to say that I am a creator and it comes in many forms: acting, art, editing art/music videos, or filmmaker. One of the best places for me to take acting class has been The Groundlings. That school has challenged and stretched me as an actor. I love it there! One of my favorite music videos to be in was “Tight Pants Body Rolls” by Leslie Hall. It’s weird, fun artsy and has a beautiful message. Look it up! We live in a time now with smartphones that being a filmmaker is in the palm of our hands. I did not go to film school and love the raw learning and creating on my own. I just directed my first music video and filmed it entirely with my iPhone combined with accessories from Moment. I have also completed writing a feature script with my friend & writing partner Chris Pudlo and we are getting ready to make the movie ourselves. I want to create films that challenge and educate people through a good story. I also love to create art videos and collaborate with my friends. The stay at home order during this time has been really amazing for me. I taught myself Final Cut Pro X and worked remotely with some of my performer friends. We created videos that they submitted for online drag shows since all the bars were closed and everything moved online. I would help direct remotely and guide them on how to turn their phone into more of a cinematic camera. Now we are even more inspired to keep creating. One of my proudest creations was GlitterGangster. It’s an accessory line I came up with using recycled cassette tapes and turning them into wearable art and I customized a necklace for the amazing Richard Simmons! Soon, I will be diving back into the glitter gangster life.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As far as what the industry will be doing in the next 5-10 years is, I feel it will be opening up more. Filmmaking will be in the hands of anyone who wants to do it. People now have the tools available to make a film even if all you have is your phone. I just want to remind people to believe in themselves! Create! Focus on the joy of your art and don’t focus on the expectations of “being successful”.

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