Today we’d like to introduce you to Bartley Taylor.
Bartley, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My obsession with movies and media began as a kid once I learned that there’s a group of people who get to play make-believe for a living. My mom used to work in administration at Warner Bros. so any chance I got, I would go to work with her and walk around the back-lot in awe of the sets and stages. The facades blew my mind – how could something that looks so real only be 8 inches thick in reality? The desire to tell stories and connect with people through shared experiences has been my driving force ever since.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a filmmaker. I mainly work in short forms such as commercials and branded content with aspirations of moving into longer-form material in the future. My goal has always been and will always be to connect with an audience through a shared experience. When crafting an idea, I try to think about what I would like to see and what would make me experience an emotion. Most of my work comes from a place of love – whether thats familial, romantic or friendly. I tend to be very open with my feelings and wear my heart on my sleeve, which finds it’s way into my work. The message or inspiration can vary from piece to piece, but ultimately, it always comes from a place of honesty.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My advice for any artists/filmmakers like myself is to just keep going. There’s been so many times where I’ve thought ‘what am I doing?’ Many of us have a driving force to tell stories and make art from a very young age and do all that we can to achieve that goal. I’ve done every job you can do in production to pay the bills and stay in the game long enough to get my shot at truly making a living at telling stories. It’s easy to get discouraged, but when you make something that even one person connects with, you quickly realize it’s all worth it. So I say keep making things, keep learning from your mistakes and victories. I’m still doing the same.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website is the best place to see my body of work (www.bartleywtaylor.com). Supporting filmmakers like myself can be done by respecting even the shortest piece of content. Someone’s heart and soul went into producing that, no matter how small it may seem. Thanks to the internet all sorts of content that didn’t used to get seen can now see the light of day. If you see a commercial, a short film or piece of content that you connect with and inspires you, share it with someone you care about, talk about it – that’s what the creatives intended. And on a more direct ‘how to support my work’, if you’re an agency creative – hire me!
- Website: www.bartleywtaylor.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @bartleytaylor
- Twitter: @bartleytaylor
Bartley Taylor: Director, Daniel Williams: Director of Photography