Gentleman Scholar is a bicoastal U.S. creative production company drawn together by a love for design and an eagerness to push boundaries.
The company is proud to present this series of interviews with some of its amazing, emerging talents, in conversation with its LA-based production and marketing maven, CJ Sustello.
Q> It’s been said that you have had a colorful childhood living in several places around the U.S. Could you please tell us more about this?
Chace Hartman> I moved around a lot when I was a kid and I continued to be nomadic for awhile in adulthood. I think I was more resistant to it as a kid, but now I see change as an opportunity rather than a set back. Somehow I have ended up living in the states in every corner of the country but only one in the middle of the country.
Q> NYC is now your home and has been for the last 15 years. How did NYC win your heart and could you ever imagine living anywhere else?
CH> Initially NYC drew me in due to having quite a bit of family here, which funny enough is not true anymore. NYC can hit you pretty hard and I think you know pretty quick if you love it or you don’t, but when you love it you REALLY love it. I have spent time working here, having kids and building my family, it feels like home more so than anywhere else I have ever lived.
Q> Does creativity fly high within your family and at home?
CH> It definitely does, our kids draw and play instruments. My wife works in creative fields. It feels pretty natural for that to be our dynamic. My larger family has creative DNA which has manifested in different ways and different fields but there was always a strong sense of encouragement within my family.
Q> You have been illustrating, painting and working with music for quite some time now. Do you have a favorite?
CH> They all speak to me. Painting and illustrating are obviously closely related, and I always listen to music while I am doing anything. Playing music is a creative language, and when you are listening while creating, it strongly places you in the moment. I feel like it brings your senses together while following a structure and a pace. I find that when animating, playing music is a driving force in my creative process.