“When I Scared Myself, My Imagination Led Me To See Things And Believe Things That I Turned Into Short Stories”

A Conversation With Andrew Duplessie

What is your ‘backstory?’

Before the age of 11, I had already moved 10 times, bouncing around the New York tristate area. At the age of 15, I was kicked out of the school where I had been going for 9 years. My parents had a rough separation, then divorce, and this instability led to my time being spent wandering, wandering the woods, baseball dugouts, instead of sitting in a classroom. I had a hard time focusing on school and the time that I was in class, I mostly spent playing pranks and acting out. This is what eventually led to my expulsion and also to my mom asking me a question that would start my creative journey.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I am in pre-production for Sci Fi short anthology series. It’s a speculative fiction series in the vein of black mirror and twilight zone, which explores fascinating big ideas — moral or existential — through an emotional dramatic journey in a sci fi world. Starts shooting in March.

We know you are involved in the fashion world as well. What was the inspiration behind the app you created, Tipster?

I have to give my younger sister, Juliet Duplessie, the credit here. As a child, I was incredibly quiet and reserved, which only got worse when I was 16 getting ready before a dance or a date, so I would get outfit advice from her. She was an expert stylist even at the age of 14, but most importantly, her approval gave me the confidence to go out and have an awesome night. My co-founder Daniel Taylor then integrated socially influential stylists. My experience on set made me realize that Hollywood Stylists are unable to monetize their free time between filming, which can be hours of waiting. So we added publicly known and influential stylists that provided people a secret friend or strategy before going out for the night. This built an ecosystem for anyone, anywhere, to get style advice instantly.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Dean Kamen, he’s best known for inventing the Segway. That being said, he created a program I am fond of.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Over the years, I’ve served as a “big brother” through various programs. I didn’t grow up with a stable role model, as much of my childhood was spent sleeping at friend’s houses and couch surfing.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

Even though I’ve worked with him before, I would have to say Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee, American horror story, etc).

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