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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Seif.

Ryan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for the arts, such as photography, film, acting, and music. As a child, I would insist that my family members model for me and my camera for countless hours. I have always known that each individual holds a unique beauty that deserves to be photographed, and still continue to believe this. After high school, I traveled to Malaysia & Singapore where I received my degree in computer science, while still fueling my desire to be creative by dedicating all my extra-curricular time to photographing and modeling. I then traveled to Tampa, Florida, where I studied Aviation and worked as a photographer and video editor for a small company. This is when I first realized that I could, in fact, pursue a career as a photographer and film maker. After my Aviation studies where over, I spent many hours shadowing my mentor in Florida, learning everything I could from him, and continuing to photograph when time permitted me. It was not long before I realized that I wanted to move to Los Angeles, CA, to give my ever-growing desire for photography and film making a real chance. Just after a few days in Los Angeles, I was given the surreal opportunity to work with a well-known Persian artist, and this is where my journey began and my dreams materialized! I quickly gained fans and my clientele rapidly increased. I was afforded the opportunity to work with many talented artists, such as Enrique Iglesias, Googoosh, Dariush, Shadmer, etc. In the past two years I have worked in over 100 music videos as the director, director’s assistant, and DOP. As well, have taken over a thousand photographs, one of which was displayed in the digital photography section of the Louvre Museum In Paris, France.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Currently I direct, shoot, and edit music videos as well as photograph models and famous artists. Music videos allow me to unleash my creativity to its highest potential. Music videos allow me to combine my expertise and talent through directing, photographing, filming, and post- production editing.

My message to anyone pursuing similar interests would be to pursue their dreams, talents, and passions. Never be afraid of judgement or failure. When you work in a field you are truly passionate about, you will always succeed and inspire others to do 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?
Currently a majority of my work is displayed on social media and YouTube. I believe that self-promotion works best on social media, since it’s the way of the future!

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Finding the right work for the right budget. Many artists don’t know how expensive it really is to produce and direct their music videos. Unfortunately, this is a real issue in my industry. The cost of production is very high, considering how expensive the equipment is, the cost for a good crew and cast, filming permits and insurance. This is not to consider the time it takes in pre-production to pre-pare and film and the time it takes to edit the work in post-production.

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Image Credit:
Ryan Self

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