Director Tyler Davis Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Chance the Rapper, Jason Sudeikis, and the best dinner of your life. It’s all here today as Tessa Films commercial director, actor, and Second City alum Tyler Davis answers Five Questions with SCREEN…

SCREEN: Yes it’s March already but we have to ask: what is your New Year’s Resolution for 2021? How’s it going so far?

TYLER: I’m notoriously bad at resolutions (keeping them, making them, etc), so I never set something in stone, BUT I told myself it’d be great to get better in the kitchen and so far I’m doing it! You want some cheesy lemon scallops with over linguini? Hit me up.

SCREEN Most famous person you’ve ever met?

TYLER: Chance The Rapper came to my show at The Second City. He was in a white puffy coat that you could see in the audience even in the dark, which didn’t put me in my head at all. After, he and Jason Sudeikis came backstage (how do they know each other??) and signed the wall. I may have asked for a selfie.

SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

TYLER: Be the author of your own horoscope. That’s from a Common album. So good.

[Editor’s Note: the track is “It’s Your World,” enjoy…]

SCREEN: Worst job ever?

TYLER: My first job in Chicago after college was selling 3D televisions at electronics stores. I was giving my sales pitch for a TV I couldn’t afford to people that just wanted to buy their universal remotes and go home. I lasted 3 months.

SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song?

TYLER: Either Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson OR A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke. Both occupy very different karaoke lanes but they’re great.


SCREEN: What’s the best thing you ever ate? Tell us about it!

TYLER: I once had short rib tortellini in an underground Italian restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio so good it’s stuck with me for years. I’m a food sharer, and it pained me to offer up my gold to my friends for tastes of their (worse) meals.

SCREEN: What are you looking forward to in 2021?

TYLER: Momentum! 2020 was challenging for sure, but it also allowed me to hone in on the things I enjoy and want to keep up with. Hopefully, 2021 sees more honing, more growth, and maybe (pending appropriate vaccinations) a return to that Italian basement…

Click here to take a look at Tyler’s work as a commercial director at tessafilms.com.

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