We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Lloyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been into the arts, creative writing in particular. I began my writing career in the 5th grade. While a lot of my peers were into video games and other entertaining gadgets that most kids are at the age, I would sit down and begin crafting my own short stories. I can vividly remember, being so exited about my work, I would take my stories to my English teacher at the time, for him to read. It paid off, he liked my work so much, that he recommended me to enter a writing contest for the local new paper, which at the time, had a section for children who wanted to express their creative abilities. I entered my writing twice and both times, I received recognition. It stuck with me, on up through college, when I decided to major and obtain my B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from Eastern Kentucky University. I’ve always been a movie buff, constantly quoting lines from movies, I knew then, that I wanted to be a screenwriter.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing about my screenplays that the audience can always expect, is authenticity. Each script, will have an element from my life that I’ve experienced. Be it a particular relationship, job, or just an encounter with someone I’ve met. I’m a man of many hats. I’ve served as a Correctional Officer, Police Officer, I’m still a licensed professional boxer and mixed martial artist (7 styles of fighting) , fluent in Spanish, can speak with a British accent (a secret that NO ONE knows) all these things and so much more, make up who I am, and will be cast in my screenplays. I’ve faced and continue to face many adversities. I’m I’ve made a lot of sacrifices and have encountered a lot of disappointment, making those sacrifices. But I am truly grateful for those things because I have grown so much as a person. One thing I will say about myself, is that I am an empty vessel. I’m able to adapt to any situation, no matter how challenging, I’m able to find common ground with just about anyone, no matter your ethnicity, sex, religion etc… I believe that the world is our playground, have fun in it. It is this mindset, that has allowed me to create the stories that I do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is an interesting question. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky but currently reside in Dallas, Texas and although I have been here several years, I’ve yet to explore, all that Dallas has to offer. I’ve traveled and have lived in many cities, but I always find myself talking about the beautiful city of Miami. In went to Miami for the first time in 2018 and absolutely fell in love. The culture, the people, the atmosphere is to die for. To anyone I talk to who’s yet to experience this marvelous city, always tell them that Ocean Drive is a must as well as the beautiful village of Bal Harbour. Little Haiti is definitely a must see, the beautiful murals and the amazing food that they have.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my late brother Michael, who I recently lost to COVID-19. He was not only my big brother, but he was my father figure and best friend. He always pushed for me to be my best in whatever it was that I did. He supported me and my ideas. I would always go to him first, with my next screenplay idea and there were many times he would feed ideas of things to put in my screenplay. Upon completion of the sequel to the screenplay I’ve recently completed (Kristoff), my third will be dedicated to my brother and will shed light on our relationship growing up together, bring raised by our beautiful and hard working mother, who also, is my number 1 fan and supporter of my writing.