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Life & Work with Eric Starr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Starr.

Eric, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I spent 12 years doing advertising for Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs – needless-to-say, it was a wild ride. We helped the struggling computer brand launch the iPod and see instant global success. I was honored to be a part of something so special, a pivotal moment in culture and our relationship with technology. These experiences stoked a desire for more, especially in the creative realm. I wanted to break free of the constraints of being in a large creative agency. I was seeking more creative control and experimentation but wasn’t sure where to find it. So, I looked within… what got me buzzing with excitement and inspiration? I turned to my favorite musical artists seeking opportunities for collaboration – and I was willing to do it for next-to-nothing – just for the chance to create something with artists, I looked up to. And here is where I really got my hands dirty. I taught myself new crafts like filmmaking, editing, color correction, lighting, and drone. I built a single backpack that could hold everything I needed to shoot content and began to travel the world with artists, event producers, and creatives – shooting music videos, documentaries, and artistic visuals. Pure magic happens when multiple creative visionaries come together, leave their ego behind and just begin to create with one another. I quickly realized that nothing was more important to me than that.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest challenges coming out of the big creative agency life were financial. Agencies pay well. But I had to be willing to walk away from that nice salary if I wanted to truly explore my creative visions. For several years, I worked for free or very little – just for the chance to create alongside artists I loved. I discovered that the feeling that comes with creation is worth more than any big fat agency salary. I trusted the financial side of things would work out… and it eventually did.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I call myself a “Visual Artist” because I don’t want a specific title to limit potential future projects. I was able to teach myself crafts that I had no prior experience with – motivated by an unstoppable drive to just “try.” So far, my specialties have focused on the following. Directing / Shooting / Editing Music Videos, music visualizers, photography, animation, lighting, graphic design, and art installations. When I was getting into the business, I was told I had to pick one specialty, otherwise no one would know what to do with me. Obviously, I didn’t listen. And I’m glad.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
The most important quality that has led to my success has been my constant reliance on inspiration. Sometimes I have to search for inspiration. Sometimes it’s just right there in front of my face. Regardless, inspiration gives me all the energy I need. It fuels my drive to learn. It overcomes any doubts or disbelief in my abilities. It pushes me to find a way to make my vision come to life.

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