Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucas Stevenson.
Lucas, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ain’t that the truth. I truly believe every artist has their own individual path to what makes them an artist. My story has a weird path but I wouldn’t change any part of it.
In my childhood, I was given every opportunity to explore the arts. With both my parents being in the film industry, I was exposed to the interworking of what goes into film production, creatively and organizationally. Whether that being in the pre-production phase, being on set or watching the progression of the edit, I was always curious in the industry. Though it was a part of my childhood, throughout middle and high school, the arts were always treated as a hobby and never a career. Even when looking at colleges, I was steered towards playing college football and following traditional majors like business or communications. It wasn’t until walking out of my first accounting 200 class of sophomore year where I said I wanted to pursue the arts full time. Later that day, I applied to the School of Art at the University of Arizona and four years later, I found myself graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography.
Though I was inthralled with my contemporary fine art studies, I still wanted to be a part of the school pride scene. To create that outlet, I applied and joined the student organization the ZonaZoo, an organization that works in conjuncture with Arizona athletics and the students. It was there I became the liaison between Arizona athletics and the students as the Media and Communications Director, managing the team that would create content in the form of photos, videos, or animations to bring a closer view between our sports teams and students.
Not wanting to stop there, after graduating, the team photographer for the Washington Redskins gave me my first opportunity to work for the professional franchise as training camp photography intern. Though it was only for the summer, it was an experience that exposed me to how I could make this a career moving forward. Once returning to LA, I applied to be the Oakland Raiders game day photographer and was hired one day later. In the fall of 2016, I was on a movie as a production assistant Monday through Friday in the Mojave Desert that operated from 3 pm-6 am daily. Using Saturday to switch my sleep schedule, I would wake up at 5am on Sunday, drive to Long Beach Airport, take the first flight to Oakland, photograph the entire day at the Oakland Coliseum, spend the night in Bay Area, then fly back to LA to be on set Monday afternoon ready to go.. I was using my game day checks to fund my airfare because I just wanted the experience and would do anything to do it. Eventually, the season ended and I found myself again without a sports photography job but more experience than when I started.
A couple of days after the season ended, Major League Baseball called to see if I would be interested in working as a Live Content Creator in L.A. covering the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angles Angles. Thinking to myself how could I refuse, I showed up to Opening Day for the 2017 season and finally found myself doing photography full time. I would cover over 100 baseball game that year and later receive a call from the National Football League to start working for them. For the next two years, I would be the main Live Content creator for the Dodgers, Angels, Rams, and Chargers creating content for all their individual social media platforms. At the same time, I would also establish my own freelance business that would have me covering live concerts and events. From Tesla Motor Company to Neon Carnival at Coachella, I was truly working 365 days as a content creator whether that be in the form of photography or videography.
In March of 2019, I was presented with the opportunity to join the MLB as their Creative Content Manager of Live Content, overseeing how content is created at every ballpark across the country.
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?
As of recently, most of my art is created in a digital space due to the nature of my role and deliverables. Though I have teachings and experiences in the creation of different types of photography, I mostly operated with a DSLR camera though I constantly keep dusting off my Polaroid or 35mm film camera. With a minimum of 2,430 games during a regular season, I push myself and my content creators to go into every day as if its a blank slate. Using different lenses, different photographic techniques like long or multiple exposures and so on, I try to tell a different story every day. My goal daily is for fans and non-fans to be able to see baseball through a different light and be able to feel like they are at the ballpark through the imagery I create.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My advice for other artists is don’t be afraid to explore outside your comfort zone. In college, I was forced to try different forms of art and I always fought back because it was challenging and frustrated the hell out of me. I always tried to incorporate my own craft into the medium to make it easier and I was only hurting myself. Rather than avoid the challenge, accept the conditions and create your own voice through that medium. It only can improve your craft and expand your art mind. Don’t be afraid of taking chances and evolving!
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 work mainly lives on social media (2019, duh!). Every Sunday night, you can find my work on all the MLB social media platforms as I am the lead content creator for our primetime games. Besides potentially being picked up by other media outlets, my work also can be seen from my personal Instagram page @lucastevenson.