Ep 199. Ben Smith (Writer for HBO's Barry): Embracing the Messiness and the Fun of Writing


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Ben Smith is a writer, producer and director.

His most recent project is the popular HBO TV Show called Barry, for which he worked as a writer and co-producer. Prior to that, he wrote for Trophy Wife on ABC, Benched on USA, Other Space on the Yahoo streaming platform, Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix with Drew Barrymore. Plus his own projects - Gentleman Lobsters and Meet Cute.

Born and raised in Lexington, MA - Ben’s mom is Chinese so we were able to chat about what it means to grow up multi-cultural. Since most writers in Hollywood still are mostly white male, Ben talks about diversity and how it’s important in the writer’s room.

Still in his 20s, you may be wondering how Ben got his first job and survive the competitive landscape of not only being a writer, but talented and lucky enough to work his way up. He’s incredibly humble and shared his own experience since college.

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