We had the good fortune of connecting with Stuart Glass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stuart, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Even though my academic and career track always led me to the legal profession, I have always had a creative outlet. I was editor of my high school newspaper, and had executive and creative editing positions on the newspaper and yearbook through college and law school. Just before law school, I taught myself to play drums and guitar, and paid my expenses in a band through graduation. On a whim, (shortly after a divorce) I took an improv class, and fell in love. Soon after, I met Wendy Pennington, creator of Improv Dallas troupe, and after a couple years of classes, I was invited into the performance troupe. Contemporaneously, I obtained agency representation and have had some movie, and advertising appearances. Part of improv training, as we progress in our skills, we learn to create characters and write skits. A few of my characters now live in infamy on YouTube and Vimeo. Two of my scripts have been made into award-wiinning short comedy films. I haven’t quit my day job. Few in Dallas hoping to be an actor really can (it’s not Hollywood). Practicing law still enables me to indulge my creative adventures. My creative activities, however, keep my brain alive. That’s what’s worth it to me.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been a practicing attorney in Dallas for 40 years, after 10 years in Washington, D.C., working as an attorney in the Library of Congress and as Administrative Assistant to a congressman. It’s a general practice. It should not surprise that a creative person is also ADHD, and I have been a general practitioner, rather than a specialist. When I moved back to Texas, I had to start my practice from scratch. I had to join, meet and greet, and hand out cards like Halloween candy. My business comes from personal referrals and contacts. I’m proud that the first client I ever had from Dallas is still my client. As are many more I met along the way. How did I eventually overcome the challenges? I just never stopped. I Went in every day, did my best for my clients, and I don’t quit. Not much more than that. Other than I’m pretty easy to get along with and judges seem to like my style.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have several choices. A nice number of go-to restaurants for a memorable meal. 40-year season ticket holder for the Dallas Mavericks (and I live 3 blocks from the Arena). I know the best art galleries and museums in town, and several of the people who work there, visit there, and present their art there. We live walking distance from the major symphony, theater, dance. and other performance venues in Dallas, and attend regularly. I think we could come up with something to do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thanks to my beloved wife, Joan Davidow, who indulges my creativity and classes and inspires me to keep after it (yes, she laughs at my stuff). Thanks to my first teacher, Dari Hayes at KD Studios, who encouraged me to find an agent. Thanks to Kim Dawson Agency and first agent, Melissa McQueen, who bravely sent me out for auditions. SPECIAL THANKS to Wendy Pennington, my improv guru, leader, and BFF, for all her classes, advice, direction, and downright fun to be around, create with, and learn from.