Chris' Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Roadtrip Nation Staff

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

CHRIS KRAUS

Writer/Filmmaker

“I was so over saturated with hearing other people's things and serving other people's work … I was like, I've heard enough—it's my time now to start putting something out.”

INTERESTS:

Film Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Struggle Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

acting, actress, directing, feature film, journalism, New York, new zealand, odd jobs, play, theatre, wrong idea

BIOGRAPHY:

  • By 21, she was a senior journalist with a nice apartment, car, dog, but was unhappy, says she “hated the sound of [her] own voice.”
  • Was part of what she calls the “Great Female Migration” to New York; played a Patti Smith record and decided to move there.
  • Originally went to New York to be an actress but learned that wasn’t going to work out; took a series of “bad temp jobs.”
  • Realized filmmaking might be another good medium; “could’ve made films forever, except that no one wanted to watch them.”
  • Got the chance to make a feature film, put in three-and-a-half years, then it didn’t get shown anywhere.
  • Was in “complete despair,” ended up getting in a car accident because she was so disconnected and unhappy.
  • Developed a “crush” and put her energy into writing love letters; finally had “something to live for,” letters became her first book.
  • Started writing novels; can’t believe she hadn’t started writing earlier, says she was “like a horse out of the gate,” she’d found her passion.

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