Before there was a dream of running away to California, before there was three siblings making short films in their backyard, before there was even a camera, there were words. Words were my first love, and they were all I had. Originally I had wanted to be a singer— not because of any talent I possessed but rather that American Idol was at its peak popularity so who didn’t want to try out? After practicing all day every day for a week, my mother was ready for me to pursue a new career choice, something I was actually good at, as well as something far quieter. We had begun the poetry unit in my fourth grade class, filling blank notebooks with rhyming words about flowers and food and other simple, fun things. Words were easy for me, they flowed as if someone else were saying them, and everyone seemed to love the result. Validation was then as it has continued to be now a constant source of motivation. There wasn’t a single person in my family who had something negative to say about my writing as they did about my singing— though to be fair, I really see their point now. My grandma would show me poetry contests, encouraging me to enter. Words became everything to my nine year old self.
This is my first real blog post so I'm going to dedicate it to a pretty relevant topic of conversation in my life right now, as I transition to adulthood where the choices are now mine to make about how I live my life, including where to live.
A serious question of mine that I’ve had since I first started my photography and cinematography career is whether or not location matters. This is still up for debate for me personally, because in some ways it does and in some ways it doesn’t.
This website is something I’m doing for my class “Intro to New Media,” however I feel like it’s more useful than I anticipated. I’ve always wanted to make a website, being an artist who needs social media to grow, but I never found a good way to make one or honestly much inspiration to do so. But being a project in class gave it the priority I needed it to have. So here it is, and slowly I’ll build my portfolio on here and one day I’ll have it on a business card, maybe.
A very millennial part of me sees a website as useless because social medias such as Instagram have created the ability to gain an audience in a way that a website once did; in that way they seem outdated. However now that I’ve made one I see the desire, I see the usefulness. It’s more collected, and it’s just for me. No other distractions, just my art.
I think I like this.
Just some ideas and thoughts I have as a young creator.