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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ran Zhang.

Ran,we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve had the privilege of being able to grow up in an international environment, not only in the places I’ve lived and visited but also in the people I’ve been lucky enough to call friends. I didn’t know it then, but I developed a strong affection for culture in all its forms at a young age. I spent a lot of my time watching foreign films and listening to music from all corners of the world. I usually am able to find something to appreciate in all mediums and crafts involving art and expression. It wasn’t until recently that I realized this was what I wanted to do: live as a guest in the many different cultures that have shaped me and do my best to give back.

Hong Kong and Los Angeles are the two cities that have influenced me the most. I would say that my time in Asia has shaped (and continues to shape) my character and my time in America has pushed me towards taking the first steps in refining my craft. I believe it’s this crossover of Eastern and Western culture that has formed my artistic sensibilities and the way I see the world around me.

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 film director currently focused on telling stories in the short form, whether that be through commercials, music videos, or short films. I think there is something incredibly potent about a story that is over in a short couple of minutes, yet leaves you with a lingering feeling that has you thinking about it for days.

I want to give back to the cultures that have shaped me. I love the intrigue of different niches and subcultures and the fact that we are all able to connect and learn about them through the inherent universal message hidden yet present in all of it.

In some sense, I don’t believe originality exists. I believe that all creativity is a product of your life experiences, inspiration, and taste. Filmmaking has taught me the importance of collaboration and humility–that the combination of ideas and talents from many people almost always results in something greater than what can be done alone. I don’t think ego has a place in art, and creating something “perfect” is merely a process of letting go.

How can artists connect with other artists?
I’ve had my fair share of moments experiencing loneliness in finding inspiration and creating as well. But I think the key to overcoming it is to be present and engage in conversation with others that may be going through the same thing. And I don’t mean shooting them a message across social media or sending a text, but actually sitting down face to face. Living in the golden age of social media, it’s become incredibly easy to reach out to others, but these connections don’t hold much weight until you experience it for real. Once you start sharing and begin to find common ground, realizing that almost everyone else undertaking artistic endeavors are on a similar journey, it doesn’t feel too lonely anymore.

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 online portfolio at www.ranxz.com is updated frequently with my most recent film work. I also use Instagram to post about a variety of my other interests and inspirations. I can be found at @r.anz

I am almost always looking to connect and collaborate with other creatives, and not just in film. A great way to support my work would be to shoot me an email so that we can learn from each other and create something together.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.ranxz.com
  • Email: ranxz18@gmail.com
  • Instagram: r.anz
  • Facebook: ranxzhang


Image Credit:

Elena Rojas

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