Today we have an abundance of creators, designers, and photographers trying to make themselves stand out. Most forget that as humans we all have a unique story to tell. This is the platform where you will learn about what makes these artist different through their words, environment and mentally. Today we have the chance to sit down and explore the mind of MATT DRGS who is a visual artist and photographer based out of Florida. His knowledge and skill set with film is one that I myself need to grow, because quite honestly he is one of the many creatives we began to take great inspiration in, in 2016.
1. What do you do?
I'm a film photographer and content contributor for my publication. I also do editorial formatting.
2. What do you really love to do ? Do you do it often, if you answered no then why not?
Honestly, I can say I really love to do a lot of things. As far as creatively, I think I kind of fell in love with taking photos but I'm not the type of person to put limits on myself. I shoot on film pretty often but not as often as I'd like because of my stupid day job at Apple. Out of the week, I probably get two full days to actually focus on creating ways to get my perspective out. It sucks.
3. As a creative, what has been your biggest obstacle over the years?
My biggest obstacle has definitely been a lack of inspiration and motivation. 100%. Living in a capitalistic society like we do, we are denied of our creative freedoms and true history at a young age. I didn't know I even had the option to do this kind of work until I moved away from Miami in 2012. After living in Tallahassee for a few years, I realized what I had been missing. So for these last couple years I've just been playing "catch up." I know I was denied of the creative freedom I deserve, and I still am to an extent, but I just want to grow to the point where I wake up every single day and feel my purpose in the energy that surrounds me. I don't have any doubt though, I'm going to get past all the obstacles in my way.
4. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Play music. I try to start the day to something that sounds pretty and serene every morning when I wake up.
5. What piece of advice have you ran away with, that goes into your creative thinking process?
"There's no rush, it's not a race. Do what you do for yourself and nobody else." My friend gave me that advice awhile ago and it really resonated. Right now, I really don't care what people think of what I do and it feels good.
6. Do you recall what life was like before twitter?
Kind of. I don't really notice a difference in my personal life besides the access it gives me to a wide range of people at any moment. Before Twitter, people kind of just did stuff, and didn't have to talk about it much online. MySpace, Facebook, yeah they were there, but you don't keep putting up statuses or whatever. It was like one and done. Twitter is just weird but I appreciate the platform it gives people like you guys at Colored Zine, and people like me. I just try not to go on there too much.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I see myself outside of the country writing progressive articles and shooting editorials. Not sure which country yet, but I don't want to be in the U.S. at all. My kids will deserve better. Plus, two of my brothers live in Canada and my older sister lives in Africa so there's no real doubt about it.
8. If you could live forever how would you spend eternity?
It's really hard to say. I think I'd want to spend a good amount of time disregarding everyone/everything else. Another part of me views an eternity of time on Earth as the perfect opportunity to truly make change. Eventually, I'd have understanding beyond comprehension so perhaps I could actually help make this world a better place for present and future generations.
9. What age do you feel like right now and why?
I'm 22, and I think that's really the best age to describe how I feel right now. For most people, 22 isn't significant for any reason but for me it is. My birthday was July 22nd so this is my golden year. I'm young enough to make all of my dreams come true but old enough to read the signs and find my way.
10. What is your favorite photograph of all time?
I don't really have one honestly. Most of the visual inspiration I get comes from old lookbooks, manga or film screenshots. Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" is full of beautiful moments.
11. Before you discovered your passion, what was life like?
Life was generic. My life was like what most peoples' lives are like, full of false information and bland ideals. I didn't know myself or what I was capable of, I just knew what I was taught and what the world told me.
12. What stands between you and complete happiness?
The only thing that stands between me and complete happiness is self-doubt and perspective. Truthfully, we are the only things in our way of happiness and success.
13. What has failure taught you?
Failure has taught me something different every single time, but as a whole, it has taught me that both sides of the spectrum are necessary. To be happy, you must be sad at times, and to succeed, you must first fail. It isn't until we find comfort in our failures that success will seek us.
14. What’s next for you?
I'm pushing myself all the way this year. I'm setting myself free creatively: My publication's reprise, my photo book "Bleeding Blue" is going to be released, I'm going to DJ a few more events, release a short film, make music. All of it. I plan to show myself and my peers what we are capable of when we set ourselves free. I don't care anymore.