We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Dover and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has been a necessary part of my life. Getting outside the standard conformity of what is comfortable has been the best way to learn. In my own experience, leaving my hometown to move halfway around the world was one of the biggest risks I’ve taken. Looking back, I wouldn’t be the same person at all with out this step in my life. Being exposed to other cultures, and different ways of thinking/living has humbled me over the years. It has also given me an understanding of the true meaning of diversity, Also, how happiness and success can be relative to other things besides western-centric ideas of fame/fortune. In creative spaces, taking risks is how you do it.. One thing I would recommend is taking small risks at first. Buy a camera, take a week off to chase your dreams. Like anything unknown risk taking can have negative impacts on your life, if you are in the wrong place to gamble. Make sure you start small unless you have a back up plan. Otherwise, go off the rails, do that thing that seems nearly impossible. Write that polka rock opera that you’ve been talking about. You only die once.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I produce indie horror sci comedy films, and music. Always inspired by the bizzare, and odd, I tend to steer away from the trends, and just do what makes me giddy. I think the thing that sets me apart from others creatively is the ability to stretch my imagination inside practical spaces. I write to what I see. I write to the settings, and characters I know and assets available. Some people I notice get bogged down in the shop-talk and gear envy world. If you trick yourself into thinking that what you need is always out of reach, then you might not ever reach it. I’ve made believable fake limbs from 2$ paper mache during a 48 hour film fest. I made my first film on a cheesy 8mm camera my friend found left for years at a lost and found in the mall he worked security at. One of my favorite albums I’ve recorded was with a guitar in the bathroom of a trailer I used to live in. Also, I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m not so concerned about how people view me, more than I’m concerned about what I’m learning and creating. I feel this part of my process allows me to take my ego out of the loop and really focus on enjoying and expressing what needs to come out, and have fun!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve always had a deep love for little 5 points since I was younger. I’d always skip school my senior year in high school and go to criminal records. So we’d start there. Eat some great food at Savage Pizza, and check out some of the cool boutique shops. Skip back downtown to catch a show or two later and then go to my favorite late night joint. I call it the Vietnamese Waffle house. Pho 24, yum! It’s always fun to take short trips up to the north Georgia mountains and go polar bearing in some of the cold mountain streams and rivers in the summer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, blood and adopted. My partner, my friends. their love and understanding carries me through the dark times, and I try to remember this when I see them struggling as well. I want to give a special shout out to nature. Yes, the trees and wild animals, but also our own nature. The manifestations of love and creativity that my friends and family have shared with me. Even the shadows and trying parts of life can inspire us to see objective truth, and understand our own place in reality.
Credit- Benjamin Dover