It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Justin Hudnall

Executive Director,  So Say We All,
Live: I've been bouncing around between Golden Hill, the East Village, Hillcrest and the College area since I moved back home in 2008. My heart's in East County.
Work: So Say We All's office is located in the illustrious Space 4 Art in the East Village.
How Long: So Say We All has been producing shows all over San Diego since 2009.

Where did you grow up?
San Carlos was where I did my growing up and schooling but I spent most of my free time running around East County, getting into the scary kind of trouble, fighting off boredom and waiting for the day I could get the hell out. At 18 I moved to New York for college, all set to light the literary world on fire, and all I ever wrote about was East County. Go figure. You only learn how much a place has defined you after you’ve left for its opposite.

Besides the Weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
When I came back here in 2008, I expected the trip to be a brief stopover between overseas deployments. I was an aide worker with the UN back then, after I found the hard way that art alone rarely pays the bills. Some of my writer friends and I began staging storytelling shows to tickle our egos, and we must have hit a nerve because the audiences came and kept coming, growing bigger than we were prepared to stay on top of. We thought about creating a collective, putting our muscle behind supporting what we believe is an arts and culture renaissance taking place in San Diego. Creatives were forging the city’s identity and painting it as more than just a theme park for the military. Around that time, some guy at a party said to me that it was a good idea but it would never work here. That’s what really sold me on creating So Say We All. Turns out, he was wrong, I was right.

Photo by Rachel Bellinsky.
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