We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Lloyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casey, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My friend Tyler and I questioned if we should enter our short film into festivals this year. Was 2020 going to be a year where film festivals existed, what would a festival look like, and would people even show up? We didn’t want the hard work we poured into our first film together to go to waste. I’m deeply grateful that we took the risk and entered our film Submission Tape into festivals this year. I realized it doesn’t matter if the film gets shown to overflowing screening halls. What I appreciate from this experience the most is that we went ahead anyways. There are encyclopedias of excuses we could make for ourselves on a daily basis as to why a choice is wrong. I think it’s riskier but more rewarding to convince oneself of why a decision is the right choice. I am excited to announce that Submission Tape was recently accepted to its first festival! We will be debuting the film at the Santa Fe Film Festivals 21st anniversary celebration. This will take place February 17-21st of 2021.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I am in transition as I’m moving to Los Angeles. I can’t say I’d be where I was now if I had never met my wife Amy. You know you’ve met the right person when they inspire you to be the best version of yourself. My wife believes that I have somehow surpassed her in abilities, talents, and mindset. Such a thing couldn’t be farther from the truth. Amy has seen me go from one idea to another in the blink of an eye. She has taught me the ways of astrology and has informed me this is because I am a Gemini. Oftentimes I know the constant changing winds drive her mad. I also know that I’ve made our lives harder by many of my choices. Yet through all of that she’s stood by me. That takes a quantities of empathy, grit, and tenacity that I cannot myself fathom. Thank you so much for the continued lessons Amy. I truly appreciate all of them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My wife and I went vegan 3 years ago. One of our favorite spots that recently celebrated their first anniversary is a place called Somebody People. They have this awesome retro vibe and the owners Sam and Tricia always make us feel welcome. Their food is to die for! Somebody People is on South Broadway which just happens to be south of The Mayan Theatre. This is an old movie theatre that has a décor that matches the name. It’s an amazing theatre! We actually had our private screening of Submission Tape here. So after your dinner and a movie I would continue down South Broadway for dessert. Check out Voodoo Doughnut for a wide array of amazing donuts! Then backpedal just a bit for a night cap at Adrift. It’s one of my favorite tiki bars in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This film has been my favorite project to date. Submission Tape also holds my best performance. None of that could have happened if Tyler Hudson didn’t ask me to be a part of the project. The funny thing about our friendship, and this film, is that it may have never existed without the help of our agent Natalie Fletcher. I have to send some kudos her way, thank you Natalie! Tyler and I met in a barn on a film that Natalie booked for us. On that day I wasn’t feeling overly talkative. I spoke with Tyler a bit and we had a scene together involving copious amounts of blood. Stage blood don’t worry! So it was a fun day but I left assuming that I’d never see Tyler again. Thankfully Natalie booked Tyler and I for another role shortly thereafter on a commercial for Otterbox. In my experience it is very rare to book a film or tv project again with the same Colorado actors. Well on this day we had a blast playing with toy dinosaurs, space ships, and the Otterbox mascot Olly! It was hard not to spark up more conversation with Tyler. At the end of the day we went to Avery Brewing Company and had a few beers over a game of cornhole. The rest as they say is history.