Currently exploring what it means to be an artist and how my mind, soul, body, and spirit come together for the greater good of the world. I am a student in my final semester at Columbia College Chicago studying Acting. I've recently completed The Annoyance Improv training program. Discovering what it means to live authentically as a young malleable artist in Chicago.
Where were you born?
Where do you live/work?
What fuels your desire to act?
Curiosity fuels my acting. How can we create from a place of love, questioning everything and settling for nothing? How do we relate as human beings/what common threads hold us together? What is human?
The best thing about being an artist is…
The community. We are never alone even when we isolate ourselves; our creation supersedes us, affecting the world and bringing ourselves back into focus.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is?
Permission to fail, beyond our imagination.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Live authentically and love fearlessly.
Are there any rituals you created to help you " face avoidance" that plagues any artist occasionally? Would you describe what works for you?
My ritual is honesty. If I cannot run from myself, then I am not avoiding the true work. By living in the doubt, fear, lethargy, distraction, mundane, I create authentically. Where you are now is where you are supposed to be, and by embracing truth, art will surface.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
Break dancing. The body and soul in motion, working in tandem to create without words. Through training and technique, break dancing demands attentive and focused inner-life while freeing a dancer’s expression. We can communicate efficiently, fully, and effectively using our bodies; and as a post-modern pioneer artist, I see this as imperative to re-establishing the artist in current day. The disconnect between body and self is quite apparent in much of today’s popular performance.
Describe your ritual or productive day at work?
5:45 wake up. Play basketball until 7:30. Return home and meditate in the shower. Take a nap or begin working. Plan the day’s necessary aspects, then begin. Take breaks to stretch, train physically, or go outside. Eat well. Drink lots of tea. 60% of the time I daydream of questions unanswered and projects not begun. Contacting loved ones and checking. Writing of some kind. Talking about art and life with fellow collaborators. Developing a blueprint for the near and far future. Music constantly, or inspirational radio segments and videos. Cleaning the space. Sleeping very well. Relaxing for at least an hour with nothing to do.
Describe effective techniques you use to increase your focus/productivity when working on a project?
Research other artists and their process on semi related subjects. I call my friends and talk to them about an aspect of art, pertaining to a question I have about a current project. Free writing. Being patient and allowing myself to do the work when inspired and when uninspired or inspired by something else, tending to it for a short period and then returning to the primary work. There is a strong give and take.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
Sweets. Ice cream, cookies, beer. ;)
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2016
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.