Al Thompson is the Harlem-born founder of ValDean entertainment. Though he started as an actor, the multihypenate director-writer-producer has moved beyond traditional cinema into digital content. Thompson is putting the final touches on the June 1 season finale of his latest web series, Lenox Avenue. Amid post-production madness, he chats with us about bullies, bread and Rodeo Drive.
REFLECTIONS: First job: Lead baddass bully opposite Nick Cannon in "Love Don't Cost a Thing" * Advice he'd give himself 10 years ago: Keep doing what you're doing with the business hustle but lay off the bread and Popeye's dude! * Most valuable life lesson learned: Always keep it 100, honesty is a great feeling. * Most valuable business lesson learned: Trust your gut.
DIVERSIONS: Currently reading: The Tanning of America by Steve Stoute * Planning to read next: Feature Film Script "Daughter's Boyfriend" by J.C. Khoury *Last fun purchase: Two suits from Hugo Boss on Rodeo Drive * Recently discovered: Snap Chat and Hotel Tonight app via my homie Andre Meadows
PLAYING FAVORITES: Hotel: Mandarin Oriental ATL * For drinks: Corner Social, 67 Orange Street, Harvist * Recently devoured: Organic Salmon, grain, avocado aioli from Soho House NYC * Guilty pleasure: Toblerone Chocolate