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Daily Inspiration: Meet Christopher Mardiroussian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Mardiroussian. We’re glad to be connecting with him again and hope you enjoy our conversation below.

Hi Christopher, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a poet, novelist, and producer. My story began back in community college where I discovered my passion for writing, creating, and collaborating. For starters, back in 2017, I co-wrote with a friend of mine, Manlio Gutierrez, a collection of poetry entitled HONESTY. LOVES. CRUELTY. This project not only represented the trials and tribulations of life, but it was a stepping stone for getting a publication under my belt as well as collaborating with an up and coming artist. Having received a positive reception, this then led me to co-write and co-produce my first short film entitled IL BREAKUP with my friend Ericka de Alexander; this ended up winning first place at the Cinema Italian Style film festival held in Los Angeles; sending us to Rome where we not only explored the city and were immersed within the culture, but we got to visit their historic Cinecittà Studios (considered the largest film studio in Europe). Recently, I’ve been really proud of publishing a few chapters (JELL-O; WHITE RUSSIAN; MOSCOW MULE; LEAKY FAUCET) of my forthcoming novel entitled RISK IT FOR THE BRISKET; JELL-O published by Bluntly Magazine, WHITE RUSSIAN published by Unpopular Zine, MOSCOW MULE published by Teen Idle Zine, and LEAKY FAUCET published by DLG Publishing Partners.

Moreover, I’ve had the pleasure of publishing numerous poems of my forthcoming second collection of poetry in journals such as Bloom Magazine, BOMBFIRE, Ice Lolly Review, Maythorn Magazine, Perfumed Pages, Pocket Baby, Pomona Valley Review, Soul Talk Magazine, Sunstroke Magazine, Whirlpool Magazine and elsewhere; working with a talented group of editors and artists that have allowed me to grow as an individual and meet others with similar stories. As with any profession, it’s difficult to hit the ground running when you first start out. Especially as a writer, trying to establish yourself is grueling because of the seemingly endless rejection letters flooding your inbox. However, I’ve found that surrounding yourself with people who not only motivate you but read and provide feedback is definitely helpful for maintaining a positive, persistent, and optimistic mindset. Similarly, the same can be said about filmmaking; when your equipment malfunctions or your behind schedule, it’s essential to be a part of a team that is not only dedicated to the project but shares that perseverance to not give up.

Nonetheless, from hours of revision to days of filming, working with others helped me overcome various obstacles. In the end, it’s important to learn from everyone you meet; be sure to ask questions, practice, share all newfound knowledge with others, and of course, have fun! Not only am I dedicated to my craft, but my devotion to help other artists achieve their goals is what keeps my journey in motion.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As I’ve always said, with any profession, it’s difficult to hit the ground running when you first start out. As a writer, I’ve felt the grueling pains of the seemingly endless rejection letters flooding my inbox which at times can feel disheartening, but having the support of my peers and family has offered comfort and reassurance. There were times where I felt like quitting altogether, but I reminded myself that this is about the journey and not so much the destination; that this all occurs in due time. The same could be said when trying to write scripts and/or produce films and attempting to get them accepted into film festivals where you’re competing with other great artists; there’s no guarantee that your work will be accepted but it’s important to continue to refine your craft and persevere. All in all, I’ve found that surrounding yourself with people who not only motivate to keep on persisting but read and provide feedback is definitely helpful for maintaining a positive, persistent, and optimistic mindset.

Whether or not you receive accolades, keep performing your craft.

Don’t feel disappointed; just keep trying.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a poet, novelist, and aspiring educator. I create poetry, prose, and independent films. In most of my creative work, I take a realism approach to representing the trials and tribulations of life as well as living in the moment and surrendering myself to the world. I’m most proud of the projects that I’ve worked on throughout the years with such bright, talented artists and seeing the resounding impact they’ve had on audiences; breaking down barriers through organic, crude, genuine depictions of contemporary realities.

I’ve also had the privilege of working on several independent films such as “Friends in High Places” (2021), nominated for Mexico City’s International Cannabis Film Festival, “The First Color” (2020), won the Disability Issues Award, and “The Ties that Bind Us” (2019), won the Gold Award for Independent Shorts. These were done in collaboration with up-and-coming artists from the greater Los Angeles area which have been such an enlightening experience that I wouldn’t trade away.

As for what sets me apart, I would say that it’s my eagerness to help out my fellow up-and-coming artists; to treat them as family and help them along the way as they strive to achieve their goals. Not everyone has that altruistic mentality to soar as a collective instead of only looking at for ourselves. Without a doubt, I was meant to tell the stories of not only myself but of others; with others.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What makes me happy is bringing smiles to those I meet through my art. I love how cathartic, adventurous, and riveting it is to not only create my art but to collaborate and share that with others. For me, being able to share each precious day with others, learn from everyone, and pursuing my passions brings me joy!

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