Today we’d like to introduce you to Westen Blair.
Westen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
The mysteries of things and people always fascinated me as a kid, especially growing up in a town that felt small yet was bigger than I knew. This curiosity only let my imagination grow and lead me to secret worlds no one knew, however, as life caught up with me, my imagination and curiosity never dwindled. It wasn’t until high school that I first cut my teeth with the film. I received a camera from my grandfather alongside a letter reading “… who knows, you could be the next Spielberg.” With ignorance, I filmed. I filmed the family gets together and events before the opportunity came to film my first short film with a group of friends.
A local eighteen-hour film festival was held every year and with each year my love for storytelling grew as we entered and lost time after time, until the one time we didn’t. Those years growing up were fluorescent to me and it is where I learned the power of working together as a team with people who soon would become my best friends. Additionally, I learned the power of passion and now see every experience as another story to someday tell. All of this helped to prepare me when my call to Los Angles came in an acceptance letter to The University of Southern California as a Film and Television Production student. USC is where I went through the rigorous classes and experienced all the highs and lows of filmmaking, but it is where I was reassured my love for telling stories. I was a suburb kid that, with an act of kindness, was given an itch for something bigger than myself and although I don’t have any intention of being a Spielberg, I found a dream of becoming something of my own with every story I tell.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
I strive to invoke a feeling. For me, as a Director, the medium of storytelling through the film is what I do and love. I wish to connect with an audience by having a shared feeling and shared experience that reminds us of what it is to be human. When I attended USC I had a phenomenal and wise Professor who taught editing and he gave the best advice that I hold onto dearly and he told us, “If you don’t make me feel something, you lose!” As a storyteller, I believe it is our job to move people. To dig deep and move them. Perhaps a sense of wonder or to give a little scare, but none the less to invoke a feeling.
In my narrative work, I try my best to tell stories with a heart and use genre to highlight the extremes of the story and its dilemmas. I find fantasy, drama, and horror, whether psychological or supernatural, to be the genres I love most when telling a story. In my commercial work, I strive to craft unique atmospheres for brands and artists that can illustrate the heart of their product or intentions. As a visual storyteller, I’m always growing and I can only look forward to whatever secret worlds I will want to bring to life next, for myself and for others.
How can artists connect with other artists?
As an artist, the greatest motivation is being surrounded by other artists. Opportunities are always coming and going but together the possibilities multiply when you’re friends with other artists. My advice for connecting with other artists is to find a way to be helpful and be able to serve other people. For example, I just finished being a 2nd AD on a short film my good friend was directing and I did my best to serve the set and with that comes recognition. I made new friends and contacts that were also hard working and someday I would love for them to be apart of whatever project I have next. Additionally, from that experience, I gained two new writing partners, a possible videography gig, and a chance at directing a potential web series that’s only in its infancy, however, I gained possibilities that I would not have if I did not be of service to my friends and fellow artists.
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?
The best place to find me, reach out to me or see my work will be my website, westenblair.com. If you wish to work with me commercially and want to bring a world to your brand or product or your art, feel free to reach out to me there, However, I welcome others to follow me on Instagram, westen_blair, for a more personal blend of my life and work together if your interested in where I’m heading next!
- Website: westenblair.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westen_blair/