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PHOTOGRAPHER  / Jack Waterlot
PHOTOGRAPHER / Jack Waterlot
Nov 22, 2021
 
Where are you from: Born in Paris grew up in Morocco and Congo. 
Where are you now:  NYC !! 

Your creative medium/s: photographer

FIVE QUESTIONS 

What are some of the jobs you had before your career took off?

J: I was living in Congo for a while, working for a association working on rebuilding schools and hospital that got damaged due to their civil war.

What inspires you about other creatives?

J: How hard you ( the artist ) are trying to be different and showcase your point of view through your art medium.

How have you seen your own style evolve?

J: I started noticing a 'style' in my work when I decided to stop looking on what was being done and focusing on doing ME.

What is one thing you wish people that you love knew about your work?

J: That it take so much out of you physically and mentally. 

What do you rebel against?

J: EVERYTHING ! 

 

 

 

 

 

NAIL ARTIST / Brittney Boyce
NAIL ARTIST / Brittney Boyce
Nov 22, 2021
Originally From: San Diego, CA 
Currently Living: Los Angeles, CA
Creative Medium: Nail Artist
 

FIVE QUESTIONS

What are some of the jobs you had before your career took off?

BB: I've been in the nail space for 10 years now, but prior to nails I wanted to work on Harley Davidsons. The school I wanted to go to for bikes was really far so I instead went to cosmetology school (random I know). I didn't love doing hair or makeup, but I really liked doing nails. I first started doing nails at high-end salons in LA. Then I consulted with brands on product development, brand education, content creation, and digital marketing.

Do you think creativity is innate or learned? 

BB: Creativity is both innate and learned. While you can be innately creative, you have to constantly nourish it by constantly learning. Study art, architecture, fashion, music, history--anything that gives you new points of references and inspirations. You never know what can push your creativity. Sometimes it's a painting that sparks new nail designs, while other times it's a cool jacket that inspires me to put spikes on nails.

Who would you most like to sit next to on a 10 hour flight and why?

BB: The first person that comes to mind is Snoop Dogg. I think he's really chill and funny, and it'll be just calming to sit next to him for 10 hours on a flight. If there was turbulence and everyone was freaking out, he'd likely say something to make everyone laugh to take their mind off of the turbulence.

What should they teach in school, but don’t?

BB: In school they never really teach kids to explore careers beyond being a doctor, accountant, lawyer, engineer, or anything in that "professional" setting. Like if a kid was good at art or music, they weren't encouraged to pursue it as anything more than a hobby. Kids really aren't exposed to the fact that their creativity along with hard work can help them find really cool careers that align with their innate talents. 

Creator free form - share anything:

BB: Always pay it forward. I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today without people mentoring me. In return, I pay it forward by helping new nail techs who really want to learn and have a similar work ethic by either troubleshooting technical questions or bringing them on set as assistants. It's a small community where we can all help each other.
3D ANIMATION ARTIST / Esteban + Abigail
3D ANIMATION ARTIST / Esteban + Abigail
Nov 14, 2021
Originally From: 
E: Córdoba City, Argentina.
A: Monterrey, Mexico
Currently Living: We live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Creative Medium: 3d Animation, post production VFX.
 

FIVE QUESTIONS 

What are some of the jobs you had before your career took off?

A: Before officially working in audiovisual production, I was involved in as many projects as I could during high school and college, but before officially working as an editor I worked as a nanny, a designer for a kindergarten and making technical spec documents for a company that rented street banners.
E: I've been lucky enough to do what I do now for most of my career (25+ years now), but before that the only job I had was helping my Mother with her bussiness, a small groceries shop in my hometown. I worked with her 9 to 5 for about 4, 5 years in my early 20's, until small job opportunities started to appear and I was able to transform my hobby (computer graphics) into a way of living. 

What is the best advice you have been given?

A: To treat every work project with respect, both for the client but for oneself. And on a lighter note, as an editor, to never cut the audio and video track on the same frame unless it is intended.
E: More than a piece of advice in particular, I was able to learn a lot about work ethics and how to be respectful of others from my early co-workers/bosses. Also, the most valuable thing I learned by the time I was doing this professionally was to not to take criticism to the heart, and how to open my mind to feedback and improve based on the opinion of others. It gave me a thicker skin and an understanding of other's point of view and how to take things in a lighter, more fun way.

How do you want people to remember your work?

E: I'm not sure. I won't be remembered as a great artist for sure, but I'll be happy if at some point I made people laugh, of be dazzled or intrigued or whatever for a second. If I managed to elicit an emotion or a reaction from the viewer, then my work was done. In a more broad sense, I would like if at some point someone takes the time to look at the whole picture and notices how much effort was put into learning new things and never stay within the boundaries of my comfort zone. I prefer my work to be imperfect but fresh than always doing the same thing over and over just because it's what "people likes”.

What is something that can't be taught and only learned with age?

E: Probably how to pace yourself and learn (or remember) how to enjoy other things besides work. In my case, my work is also my passion so it's been pretty difficult over the years to find a healthy balance between time on and time off. I've suffered from anxiety derived from FOMO for the past 15 years of my careers, since there's always a sneaky voice in my head that says "you don't want to miss this one", which has many times derived in extreme burnout and exhaustion. Only in the past years and probably due to how the pandemic forced us to slow down I've been able to find some balance. 
A: I would add to what Esteban mentions that if it is within the possibilities, it is best to pass on a project that doesn’t seem like the best fit. Using that time and energy to work on a personal project can be more rewarding and eventually bring collaborations that are closer to what we enjoy doing.

How do you know when a piece or a project is finished and needs no additional work?

E: In my case I never know, that's why I'm so grateful for deadlines and delivery dates. There's always, ALWAYS something to improve upon. That's why I've enjoyed posting my work on Instagram or other social sites for the past years; it removed the pressure of making "A PERSONAL PROJECT" something huge and filled with ambition, which is always difficult due to time/budget/other things to do. Toning down the expectations and simplifying the approach allowed me to create small fun experiments that are done once I think "yeah, it kind of works" instead of the pressure of crafting a masterpiece that will always have to be paused due to any number of reasons. These days things are done when it's time to do something else. 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHER  / Josh Farria
PHOTOGRAPHER / Josh Farria
Nov 14, 2021
Where are you from: New Orleans, LA (7th Ward)
Where are you now: Brooklyn, NY
Creative medium: Photography
IG: @joshfarria

 

FIVE QUESTIONS 

What are some of the jobs you had before your career took off?

JF: A few retail jobs and I worked at the Boys and Girls club. That was really fun, working with kids is good for the soul.

Do you think creativity is innate or learned?

JF: I think every human is naturally creative. 

What inspires you about other creatives?

JF: Individuality

What do you rebel against?

JF: Hate in any form.

What do you wish someone taught you a long time ago?

JF: How to backflip.