DAVID BEATTY

Actor. Filmmaker. Artist.

Hello and welcome to my site.

 

I was born and raised in Huntington Beach California and surfing the waves of the pacific ocean created a lifelong love of the sea.

 

However, my desire to experience the world took me away when I was18 and by the time I was 25, had traveled all over the planet including Europe, Thailand, China and India to name a few.

 

I'm a multidisciplinary artist  who works in film, theater, TV, online media, ceramics, photography, woodwork, painting, etc. - In other words, a renaissance man, jack of all trades and ever changing artist in an ever changing world.  

I embrace Do It Yourself creativity and DIY entertainment. Waiting for someone else to entertain you is a passive experience. However, if you learn to entertain yourself by creating something, you not only learn something new but you make a contribution to the universe.

 

Always curious, not knowing and consistently searching is the driving force behind my need to create. It is what Martha Graham described as ‘.. a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” 

 

I am drawn to the space of not knowing. Not knowing brings curiosity. I like the gray area where nothing readily conforms to a category. The world is not black and white, right or wrong, but rather far more complex, and in that complication, there is the possibility of change.

 

Humans are malleable. We change from outside forces and we have the power to change from within. The universe itself is also malleable and can change. And I believe artists have the power to change it. 

 

I like working with my hands. I like material I can touch. Material holds information. And material can transmit information. When you combine material with thoughts, ideas and language, information is shared. Artists move information all around the universe. 

 

Listening to jazz teaches me the power to express philosophy and freedom through music. It also reminds me to break down old conventions in order to invent new ones. Jazz teaches improvisation, history, critical listening, creative thinking and complete abstraction. 

Punk rock was an introduction to politics and taught me to question everything including my parents. Punk springs from a DIY philosophy and branches out towards rock, ska, reggae, hip hop, etc, opening my ears to a more diverse landscape of music. 

 

Although I consistently make things to be watched on a screen, I still encourage others to turn off their screens and go outside. Take a walk, climb a tree, ride a bike, plant a garden, swim the ocean or have a water balloon fight. Do anything other than watch anther something on a screen. We spend too much time in front of screens! It’s not healthy. Do something else. Doesn't have to be outside. Make bread. Learn to play the ukulele. 

 

I encourage higher education. I believe in critical thinking. We must teach ourselves to seek out the lesson. We must teach ourselves how to learn and how to be curious.

 

My father introduced me to The Four Agreements and it’s worth revisiting from time to time:  1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. 

 

There is a saying I love and it goes like this, “You create the process and the process creates the work” - It is a simple guide to creating. A recipe. A reminder that creating art isn’t complicated but only requires one thing: Process.

 

I’ve always been drawn to matters of the environment, social justice, human rights, feminism and gender equality, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, non-violence protests, global responsibility, sustainability and the simply philosophy that forgiveness, love and understanding will make the world a better place. 

 

I believe that all artists need a community and support group. These are people who want you to succeed and achieve your definition of success. They are positive yet critical. They challenge you and respect you. And you do the same in return with their goals and dreams.

 

For me the work begins with writing. 

Here are some artists, authors, musicians and teachers who have informed my thinking in numerous ways: (in no particular order)

Robert Altman, Christopher Guest, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Roger Corman, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Lana & Lilly Wachowski, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ingmar Bergman, Frederico Fellini, Coen Brothers, John Sales, Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Soderbergh, Albert Brooks, Tina Fey, Sarah Jones, Kevin Costner, Bill Murray, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day Lewis, Ellen Burstyn, Katherine Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Tom Hanks, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Oldman, Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, CCH Pounder, Robin Williams, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Cloyde Snook, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, John Patrick Shanley, Aaron Sorkin, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, John Barth, William Somerset Maugham, Tom Hodgkinson, Carol Lloyd, Tom Waits, Dizzy Gillespie, REM, Thomas Newman, Yann Tiersen, Angelo Badalamenti, Danny Elfman, NOFX, Decedents, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Billie Holiday, Meschiya Lake, Pink Floyd, Oingo Boingo, Ramones, Bad Religion, Bob Marley, Dixieland Jazz Band, Paul Simon, Louis Armstrong, Carolyn Harper, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Paul Newman, Al Mancini, Mark McPherson, Rinde Eckert, Della Davidson, Peter Lichtenfels, Peter Brook, Julie Taymor, 

David Beatty 

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