Los Angeles, United States
Michael, 35
Screenwriter
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Currently working as a screenwriter and advertising pitch man. I've always wanted to tell stories, now I get to do it in a bunch of different mediums.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Before working seriously as a writer I was a limo driver/chauffeur. It was nice because it gave me plenty of time to hash out story ideas in the front seat. Not so great because of what happened in the back.

Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?

I moved around a ton growing up so the 650 words allowed here would prob only scratch the surface. I went to college in Philly and moved out here to LA shortly after sort-of graduating.

What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Silverlake, duh. Come see for yourself.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Lots of people say they have eclectic taste and it's really just a euphemism for having no taste. I'm proud to say I literally have very eclectic tastes. Yesterday, I listened to Hot Chip, Selena Gomez, Bach (JSB), Dire Straits, and LCD. If forced to choose a favorite genre prob Indie Electronica.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Bob Dylan, War on Drugs, the Cure, lots of other sad stuff from the 80s/90s.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Mad Men for the feeling it creates. GoT for its epic storylines and production design. Louie for its heart. The Sopranos for its sense of humor. Deadwood for David Milch + Ian McShane. Oh, and LOST because when you get right down to it, those were some seriously f'd up characters.

Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.

F Tinder.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Alternative is my go-to. I was very sad when American Apparel went out of biz.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Culver City is for work, not play. Also, whenever I find myself in mid-city I feel like I've stepped into some bizarre alternate dimension where nothing ever happens in LA.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Beach days, of course.

Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?

Right in the hood.

What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?

I love my car, because in LA there's really no other option. I try to avoid uber whenever possible.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

Probably going to the beach, and then in my own backyard with a ton of friends.

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Sarah Sherman