#ICYMI Joey Lauren Adams - Actor, Writer, Director - Artist
This special episode is a recording from three years ago during the El Dorado Film Festival, which also happens to be this weeks sponsor. I was lucky enough to sit down with one of my favorite artists, Joey Lauren Adams. Joey is from Arkansas. She grew up with her entire family and all her friends living within walking distance, having known each other so long that they can’t remember when they met.
When she eventually found her way to California, she was embarrassed about growing up in Arkansas. Her first job was as a seating hostess in a restaurant where she learned just how far the south was from the rest of the world. After looking for her LA self, she decided to go back to her southern roots and really own it, and boy did she find success.
However, feeling like there was nothing proactive about being an actress, she began to get frustrated. This is when her awakening as an artist seems to have bloomed. Discovering writing and eventually directing have allowed her to scratch that creative itch. You can hear it in her voice as she describes her process, writing what she knew, and using Linklater and Kevin Smith as her film contemporaries for inspiration.
There are some real gems in her storytelling within the episode, including her run-in with Johnny Cash, whose eight-track she used to sleep with when she was a girl back home in Arkansas. We even take a little dip into the religion pool to talk about inspiration and beliefs. Enjoy this week’s special (in case you missed it #ICYMI) episode with a genuine creative spirit.