Film Courage: Houston I understand you attended law school?
Houston Howard: I did.
Film Courage: When you came to Los Angeles was your focus to become an attorney?
Houston Howard: No it actually wasn’t. The main reason I came to LA is so I wouldn’t become an attorney. And I went to law school in Virginia at a great school. I loved the experience and did really well. My focus was on entertainment law and litigation. At the same University where I went to law school there was a film school, as well. So naturally given the subject matter of my study which was film law and entertainment law I became friends with a number of film students at the same University, started writing and producing content on the side of law school (and all the “spare time” you have in law school).
And then just kind of got bit by the bug and really started to drill down in that last semester of law school…you know…what exactly do I want to do with the rest of my life? Because I want to pursue work that doesn’t feel like work and if money was no option and I could anything I wanted to do, would it be going into the law office every day? Is it going to a courtroom every day? And it wasn’t. I was more attracted to the other side of the transaction on the entertainment side of things.
Luckily the Juris Doctor degree is very versatile and so I knew I could use it to pursue entertainment, as a producer, as an agent, as whatever I wanted to do when I got out here and…you know, at least that’s what I told my mother-in-law…as though it wasn’t a big waste of time.
Once I graduated law school in Virginia, I pursued a couple of opportunities there, but we really made the decision to move out here.
Ten years ago we packed up our Jetta, sold everything we had and came out here. And have been here ever since and it’s been great.
Question for the viewers: Before your interest in the film business, what did you plan to do?
Special thanks to The LA Film School for allowing us to film this video interview on their campus.
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