Sam Bright – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I’m a video editor by day at an awesome production company in Sydney called VANDAL. By night (and weekends of course) I direct and produce music videos, in addition to founding curator and director of CLIPPED Music Video Festival (in Sydney 3 June).

Why do you do it?
I fell into the film industry partly by accident having played in bands through my late teens, early 20s. Around this time, I made a conscious decision to only undertake work that I was passionate in; even if it meant it was a more challenging career path. I think if you love what you do it’s easier to be more productive and therefore successful.

What do you love about the city you live in?
As much as Sydney can get a bad wrap, it’s easy to forget that there is so much going on here to do culturally. Lockouts aside, any night of the week you can check out stand-up comedy, live music, theatre, film, art and amazing food or drinks.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
Wellington in New Zealand over Christmas with the extended family. Despite being a small city it has a very strong thirst for supporting the arts and culture.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
Vintage shorts. The ones I wear are usually quite... short. They often create some hilarious controversy with some of the older folk I work around.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'X-Files'. However, I was often a bit too scared to watch through every episode. I was a sensitive child.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Probably to the creation of planet earth so I could end the debate once and for all. I’ll be the first to admit if there are old, white guys with beards and robes or simply dust, particles and endless nothingness. I got no horse in the race and I’ll say it as it is.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
Pasta or takeaway served cheekily as if it was my own creation. Think there was an ad years ago where this was the premise. Advertising, isn’t it beautiful?

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Go with your instincts. If it doesn’t work out then at least you can't regret it. Listening to your intuition for decision making can be very valuable in my opinion.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I don’t eat apples.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Not really. But the way I see it is, due to the overtime now it’ll balance out in the end. Eventually I’ll be able to put my feet up. We’ll see.

How do you define success?
Doing what you love and being able to survive from it.

What's your spirit animal?
Still waiting for the call.


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