I have to say it's pretty cool that you take the time to answer people so honestly and so candidly. As someone who's trying to get a foot in the door in nyc, it's nice to get a little insight here and there. Cheers!
Recently you answered a question about challenges you faced in the beginning, one being expressing what you wanted to achieve and then getting people on the same page. Do you feel that was just part of the learning curve or did that change when you moved to NYC? Living in St.Louis feels like a cultural wasteland where I'm at the mercy of what my subjects can do and are willing to do. I'm moving to LA this year and hoping to realize my full creative potential. I adore your work, thank you!
It’s both and more.
Sometimes you have genius ideas but don’t have the proper skill to execute the idea. Sometimes you have the skill to execute the idea but don’t have the team to pull the look together. Sometimes you have the team but you don’t have the proper model to finish the look. Sometimes you have the skill, team and model but you don’t have the proper publication or client to showcase the work Sometimes you have the support of everyone but you don’t have the funds to execute the idea.
My initial hurdles were skill and team. Then it was model and publications/clients. I still do projects and hear “no” from members of my team, the agencies, publications, etc… Or we’ll have a genius idea and everyone would be on board but they’re simply out of my current budget. And other times it’s all green lights! It’s just the nature of politics in art.
Politics and Talent is something you will deal with whether you’re in LA, NY, St. Louis, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, or anywhere else in the world. So I hold on to those ideas until all the pieces come in to play.
And since I’m talking about politics: people may notice that a lot of my work is printed in Europe and China. I would say 60% of my clients are from areas outside the US. I’ve found Europe and China are MUCH more liberal and open to more progressive art and allow for better artistic expression (Yes, you read that correctly… I said CHINA is more liberal and open than the US… Crazy, right?!)