Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Films. He recently wrote, directed and starred in a new comedy series called “PUB.LIE.SIZE,” which is loosely based on his life as a Hollywood publicist.
The show revolves around Mitch Mitchell, a small-time Hollywood publicist who represents a celebrated TV star and must protect his reputation from two conniving computer store nerds.
When they attempt to extort him by releasing a host of embarrassing photos from his golden goose’s laptop, Mitch is forced to partner with his roster of kooky clients to protect his livelihood and the future of his actor’s career.
In real life, Mitchell’s public relations company, PUB.LIE.SIZE, has become one of the most in-demand firms in the entertainment industry, offering services ranging from marketing, branding and event production and management. You can learn more about his new company here – www.publiesize.com
Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My mother was a tap dancer and dragged me to her community theater shows and I caught the performance bug at an early age. This led to me and my best friend renting an old video camera from the local library and creating sketch comedy shows. As the technology evolved so did we in terms of ramping up our production value and talent. That mentality of not waiting for a green light or a welcome mat has continued to motivate me in terms of creating original and personal stories on my own terms.
Can you share the most interesting story that has happened to you recently?
In honor of Big Bird’s 50th birthday and to celebrate the retirement of the great Carol Spinney, we created a viral music video called “Big Bird’s Badness.” The interesting part is that we hand-crafted the muppet outfits ourselves and cast a host of talented performers to join us in our homage to Sesame Street’s biggest icon. The song was recorded with my music partners Patrick Ryan and Tristan Rudat of Blue Eyed Fools.
You watch the video here – www.vimeo.com/picknroll/bigbirdturds
What inspired you to create your own half-hour comedy series?
I had the pleasure of working in post-production on the HBO series “Crashing” and I learned a lot in terms of the nuts and bolts of generating an entertaining show. After seeing the success of “Insecure” and “High Maintenance” – I decided I wanted to execute my own story idea. The nugget of the concept had been percolating in my mind for a while so when it came time to write the pilot episode I knew exactly the way I wanted to unfold the trajectory of the narrative. Most of the characters where based on my experience of working with interesting people in Hollywood. You can watch all three episodes here – www.vimeo.com/picknroll/publiesize1
Can you please tell us about your latest feature film “Hard Visit”?
Hard Visit is a dangerous desert genre film: fast cars, beautiful women, bad boys, blazing guns, bags of cash, set ups/pay offs, and a surplus of laughs. I play Ben, a scrappy actor (just looking for a break) underdog, who visits his brother ‘Smoothy’ (Bill Doherty Jr.), a refreshingly funny tough-guy running a sports book for a boss tinged with madness. The very married Smoothy is fooling around with a woman he doesn’t realize is a con-artist. She takes him and his baby brother for the ride of their lives, when she sticks it to them both and takes off with the boss’s cash. Bullets may fly, and money may flow in and out of your hands, but it can never break the special bond between two brothers. You can watch the trailer here – www.vimeo.com/226392118
Is there a particular quote that you get inspiration from?
“I only want to work with people who make their work the most important thing in their lives.” It’s from the great filmmaker Elia Kazan and it hits home for me because I haven’t found my ideal collaborators yet. I’m searching for my ambitious team who want things as badly as I do.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Creativity begins at the end of your comfort zone. Push yourself to unknown boundaries and take chances. Great success involves great risk. Failure is not the falling down. It’s the staying down. Always chase your dreams and never get in the way of something that makes someone feel good.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I would lead the “Three E Movement” which would entertain, educate, and elevate humanity. Nothing would be static and everything would be verbs. There would be no political Facebook posts and we would all travel on unicorns fueled by baby tears.
Is there a person in the world whom you would love to have a private lunch with, and why?
I’d love to chop some broccoli with comedian Dana Carvey. I probably wouldn’t overeat as I’d be cracking up at the constant funny impressions and observations he would unload. His work on SNL inspired me to become a performer.
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