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Art & Life with Joyce Charat

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joyce Charat.

Joyce, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a fashion photographer and director born and raised in south of France. Straight out of High School I decided to move from France to Los Angeles by myself without knowing the language. It was extremely challenging but I love to push myself and follow my heart. I moved here to study film which is what I did for two years, and I, later on, decided to attend Art Center College of Design for their photography program. I am now about to graduate in a few months. This experience helped me growing as an artist and now am working with a few magazines and companies. I love to constantly challenge myself and take it to the next step.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create visual art, in still and motion. Through my work, I love to make my model, either male or female, feel powerful, bold and unbothered. Most of the editorials that I shoot require hours and hours of pre-production. I spend a lot of time to find a full team (model(s), wardrobe stylist, hairstylist, makeup artist, assistants, location..), getting a treatment done, writing down shot ideas in my book, etc…

Either in fashion or beauty, I want people to feel an emotion while looking at my photographs. That is what I want to do forever: Create an emotion and make people remember my images. I have clear ideas in mind that I like to write down in my book and then recreate them. It is very important to write your ideas down because personally, I tend to forget them if I don’t. Down the line in my career, I would like to direct more, especially for music videos and short fashion/beauty films.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
This is one of the main questions that comes up as an artist. Many artists struggle with finding a balance between creating art and be stable financially. My advice would be to NOT let finances kill your creativity. If you feel like it is, just take a small break from photography. I can assure you that taking breaks to recharge yourself is the best. You can’t be fully creative all the time. Another solution would be to think of a photo series/personal project that you would like to do for yourself and would bring you happiness.

Also, if you are feeling like your creativity is low, go to a library and start going through art books. If I was not looking at magazines and books, I would not be the photographer that I am today.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The main place where you can find and support my work is Instagram. My username is @joycevisuals, I also have a website which is: joycecharat.com.

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Image Credit:
All photos taken by Joyce Charat

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