ARTIST LIFE Artist Spotlight: Danny Herb

Don't let the piercing stare & tattooed sleeves fool you- Danny Herb has a heart of gold.  This man is a POWERHOUSE of creative.  Danny is an actor, writer, director, production house/studio owner AND an INCREDIBLE friend.  Danny is one of those guys you call up, tell your dreams to- and then HE MAKES THEM HAPPEN!!!  He is kind, good, hard-working and talented as hell!  

Prepare to be inspired!  

Name: Danny Herb

Job title: Film Studio Owner/Director

What makes you feel ALIVE!!!:  

New ideas and inspiration. The rush I get when creating is like nothing else in life.

What time of day are you most creative:

There is no time of day I feel more creative than others. However, if my day doesn’t start quickly, I won’t be as productive or motivated. I try to get up right away and not lay around in bed before starting my day, or my whole day’s pace will be determined for me. I also find that forcing myself to start something works more than half the time, but when it’s not there, it’s not there.

What is one of your creative rituals:

I like to go in a room and shut the door, put on headphones, and just zone out to whatever music I feel fits my mood, be it Metal, Indie Experimental, Rock, Electronic, Pop, or just on shuffle. I feel like I can focus better with the slight distraction of music. It occupies my brain just enough to where my thoughts won’t drift away from what I’m trying to create, and I can oddly focus.

Where do you look for inspiration:

I look for inspiration in learning something new, or searching for a new understanding of something. Often trying to fix something I don’t like about myself or life and society in general. Seeing a need for teaching something or someone about something I feel like is not understood will fuel me most often.

What piece of work, that you created, brings you the most joy:

No joke, it’s without a doubt Directing Lishy Lou and Lucky Too. and I’m not just saying that because it was with you. I find so much intense joy and satisfaction with what we made. Other than that, it’s the script I wrote for a future feature film I want to make someday called “Listen”

How do you balance art/work/family/health/spirituality/LIFE:  

Prioritizing. They aren’t balanced at all in my life. Sometimes one gets way more attention than the other, and then it shifts. I have to work in order to take care of family, so that comes first. However, when I work too much and feel myself wearing thin, I just take a break, or time off, whatever to chill out and recharge. I’m lucky enough that I enjoy my work and that my wife understands how my passion works. When I get inspired and start something, I don’t stop until it’s finished and it sort of takes over. My wife waits patiently for me to finish, and then she gets me all to herself when I’m done.

Health is sort of something I am just constantly on top of. Mentally speaking, specifically. If I feel overwhelmed I stop and adjust, or hunker down and get on top of it, but I have to constantly work on not letting anything consume me completely in a negative way. I’m constantly checking in with myself to make sure I’m doing the best I can. Always. I look for new ways to improve myself, and my endeavors, every day. I make new mantras and mottos to remind myself where I want to be and who I want to be. I am never satisfied with who I am, but never unhappy with it either. I can always do better. The same goes with spirituality and Life in general. For me, I am just constantly adjusting. I let things get out of balance, but am aware of it and shift the balance wherever I see fit.

We know you are humble, but can you brag a little for us, pretty please!

I made a feature film (Hardcore Hearts) that I wrote, produced and starred in, directed a short film (Session One), 2 Web-series (Two Guys One Truck, which was sold to Defy Media and All About Manos), 12 music videos, 26 segments for PBS (Lishy Lou and Lucky Too), that went on to win an Emmy, all in give or take 4 years.

I recorded music for Hardcore Hearts and have played in several bands in my youth and recorded about 5 EP’s in my life including the new project “The Devonshire Rising” that I made while I was recovering from surgery on my broken foot.

Anything else we should know about you:  

When I can’t make films I like to fiddle around making furniture or building stuff with my construction background knowledge.

I taught myself how to edit and color correct.

I have a natural knack for understanding how things work. I like to take things apart and see how they fit back together.

I opened a film studio that I rent out to productions and built a Cyclorama wall, sound proof elephant doors, and anything else that needed building.

I also make collage art with my journal documenting my travels and young adult, coming of age, emo writings, to which one day I would like to publish.

Tell us about what you are currently working on or working towards?

I am currently working on 2 short films and a web series that I want to have in the can this year.

Where can we keep watching your awesome career unfold! 

Stay tuned on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/projectrocksf

Instagram:@dannyherb

Twitter: @Danny_Herb

dannyherb.com

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Thanks Danny!  We love you!