Security Check: Adam is a documentary and non-fiction media producer.
What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
I started my career in Los Angeles working for the now Family Guy show runner, Rich Appel, back while he was co-creating the Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show. After a couple seasons I moved to NY to pursue my MFA in Social Documentary Film at The School of Visual Arts. Currently, I am working in post-production in LA, and and Co-Producing Jordan Melamed’s feature documentary Futures Past in NY.
Describe your experience in NYC and in LA.
My experience working in LA and NY have been very different. In LA, I always know there will be very few surprises in my weekly schedule. In NY, a seemingly light week can become full very quickly. Also, in LA I consistently work with the same clients, while in NY I will routinely take on projects with new people I haven’t worked with before.
What was the biggest challenge of moving from NYC to LA?
The biggest challenge of returning to LA from NY has been readjusting to the slower pace, and motivating myself to leave Venice for my office each day.
How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
I find the best time to engage with the opposite coast is on neutral ground. For me, it has been imperative to take advantage of events I will meet people from both cities. This year at Sundance and SXSW I was able to connect with people I would otherwise not have the chance to see. Also, organic run-ins are usually the most beneficial.
Favorite LA secret spot
Solstice Canyon in Malibu – the least crowded hike you will find, and it provides the best ocean views. It is my favorite getaway for solitude and silence.
Favorite NYC secret spot
East New York Farms – a little bit of a trek to get to, but it is a nice weekend bike trip to explore outer Brooklyn. The produce is grown by local high schoolers, who run the market as well.
If you were not doing what you do now, you’d be…
You are catching me at the perfect time to answer this. I just accepted a scholarship to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. I am looking to expand from my work in documentary and digital media, to include producing long form stories for the news.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Vice on HBO – I have been hooked by the stories in each episode this season. Their online content is pretty addicting as well.
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