Kory LaQuess Pullam
The most fulfilling part of my work is showing people how similar we all are. Whether it be acting, writing, teaching, whatever. The common denominator in all the work I do is bringing people together through recognizing just how little we differ and showing the beauty within those differences.
How would you describe your creative process?
It really depends on what I’m doing at the moment. So, for example, I’m doing Hamlet right now at Park Square. For that, the process started with reading as much as I can on those who tackled the role before me. The challenges they had, the triumphs. From there, familiarity with the text becomes crucial because there’s just so much of it. After that, you start to fine tune who the character is because because his words and intentions live within you. The process changes from project to project, but that’s how I tackled this current one for sure.
What is it about the place you chose as your escape that inspires your work?
UpDown is dope because it can be so mindless but, at the same time, I’m highly focused on the games I’m playing when I’m playing them. Unfortunately, I suffer from having my work at the back of my mind at all times. It’s just hard not to think about the numerous things I’m usually juggling. That’s why UpDown is awesome. It’s hard to think about work when I’m focused on keeping the pinball from falling through. I’m also very competitive, so there’s that.
What drove you to be an entrepreneur?
From an early age I always felt like I had a gift for collaboration. The cool thing about being an entrepreneur is sometimes it means your not the leader. Sometimes, you’re putting people in positions to lead and win and succeed. I’m good at knowing who to put where. Like, a coach of sorts. I’ve also got a very interesting perspective because I was born and raised in the south under fairly conservative values, but have spent the last quarter of my life in the Midwest. It makes for a world view that needs an outlet. I just so happen to have numerous outlets of expression that I’m comfortable with.