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Meet John Cassidy of Outer & Insanity Productions in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Cassidy.

John, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Around sixth grade I would tell jokes to fit in but no one really thought I was funny, so I never really fit in. Eventually I wanted to entertain myself, so I took stuffed animals and created a show in my backyard where I played all the characters.

I reached out to people to watch and be on the show and found out it was finally working, I was making people laugh. I fell in love with on it, and started making it a daily thing. When I got into high school and college I took my passion and have been making my own tv shows with friends ever since.

After awhile I made a transfer to LA to be able to pursue my career, I wanted to try another college to continue learning how to be effective with my craft. I started a new series called ‘Nolan’s List’, this time, that would strictly for me. Allowing myself to not be perfect but tell jokes I thought were funny and sharing it with the people involved.

As I continued to focus on what makes me happy, acceptance will come along naturally. I have an amazing group of talented people that continue to inspire me. Now I’ve gotten to release an album, a few good shows, but most importantly, a great group of friends.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been hard considering how much I care about what people think of me. Sometimes I would put out stuff that people think is bad and make memes of me or threats me on youtube. Then I realized the only issue was me caring about that. The biggest issue I have is I care about other people’s approval more than my own. I would sacrifice my art for trying to put out things for others.

And if an episode isn’t good, so what, I’m always trying make the next episode better anyway.

Please tell us about Outer & Insanity Productions.
It consists of me and all my friends, whether we’re working on web series, musicals or songs. Depending on projects we would all take on different roles or commit for seasons at a time. It’s more just I have an idea and find talented people who are amazing at what they do already and we come together to make it into products.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope to see my industry taking darker issues in a more casual way. Being able to laugh at the darkness and even view it with a bit of light. I want to entertain, I want to reflect the inner child we all have and see content that makes that child feel less alone, accepted.

We’ve already touched the surfaces of some pretty deep topics. Sitcoms talking about death and suicide and dark comedies. Let’s keep digging and get to a place where we can continue asking questions and have fun doing so!

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