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Art & Life with Kevin Ruiz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Ruiz.

Kevin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
After living on my own, and drifting from job to job, I finally found a steady job as a high school teacher. I became very used to the routine, and the steady paycheck, and it was very hard for me to pry myself away from it to go into something I had always wanted to do, tell stories. Ever since I was a kid, I never watched one Oscar award show, because, for some reason, I never watch things I could be a part of. And it’s one thing I had always done, written story after story after story.

But with the help, and financial help, from my wife, I gave my job the peace sign and ventured off. I spent a year studying the world through a camera, and filming my son and dog, haha. I spent the next two years making 20 short films and trying to learn from my mistakes. And I spent the last year financing and making my first feature film, even starting my own film business. I still don’t know what the future holds for me, but all I know is that I will never quit. Not ever.

Please tell us about your art.
I grew up writing comedy movie scripts. It’s what I studied, it’s what I watched and loved. But after a certain age, life gets darker, and so do the stories. I have made quite a bit of psychological movies, ones that confuse and teach. I guess that is where the 14 years of being a teacher come into play.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
The artist outlets are SOOOO much better than before. But because of that, the competition is HUGE. A 14-year-old kid can make a film on a cell phone. And people HATE it because sometimes it’s pretty good. But one thing has not changed, working for a long time without pay for your art.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a vimeo site right now, but I only have eyes for the future right now.

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Vivian Tutaan

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