Scott Kruse is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and a 2018 Framework alumnus. He believes stories are a beautiful way to embrace and understand what it means to be human. He has just starred in and produced his first feature film, Man Camp, premiering in 2019.
Q: Tell me about your work; what do you do? How did you get interested in your work?
SK: I am an Actor/Writer in LA. I’ve always been in love with the arts, and creative storytelling. I grew up having a desire to perform and bring stories to life, which followed me into college where I majored in music theatre, which has since led me to LA. The past eight years I’ve become more integrated into the creative industry in the city.
Q: What inspires you in your career and vocation?
SK: I believe telling stories is one of the richest forms of being human. It allows us to better understand and cope with the ups and downs of life, bringing joy to people while also helping to cope with the confusion and sadness that life often brings.
Q: What's most challenging for you in your work?
SK: There are few forms of work where you spend most of your time preparing to work, and a very small amount of time actually working. This industry is not an easy one to find consistent work in, and to have the strength to carry on is one of the hardest challenges.
Q: What was most formative about your time in Framework?
SK: Reshaping my understanding of work as being a partner in creation with God, and that our very being is meant to further this unfinished creation through our work.
Q: Tell me about your cultural renewal project; how did the idea come about? Where is it at now?
SK: I had been in the beginning stages of producing our first feature film, and felt it was a perfect cultural renewal project. I wanted to be a part of telling a comedic story, that was heartfelt, and spoke to the human condition of brokenness and redemption in family. Too often, comedies are made with no deeper heart than to tell a cheap joke, and I wanted to be a part of shifting that pendulum. We have since finished the film and are in the beginning stages of finding sales and distribution.
Q: How is Framework still impacting what you're doing in your work now?
SK: I continually refer back to the content I learned in Framework, to shift my perspective and outlook on my daily work. The richness of the material reminded me that I’m a part of God’s creative plan to redeem and restore the world.
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Gage Arnold is the Communications Director for the Center for Faith & Work Los Angeles. He is currently an M.Div student at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO., and holds a B.S. in Journalism & Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee.