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Life & Work with Joshua Martinez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Martinez.

Hi Joshua, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I used to make videos for school projects and always enjoyed the creative process. Then I got into making music and made music videos on my iPhone. My phone was running out of storage from recording videos, so I decided to purchase myself an actual camera to have something dedicated to filming. With my Canon M50 I’m able to really control the settings and get different lenses for different looks. I got my camera in the summer of 2020 & I knew I wanted to start making new projects, but I didn’t know what to make. So I decided to Google what kind of projects to film, but couldn’t really find anything I was interested in. I found a film competition, My Røde Reel & made a short film to enter. I didn’t win anything, but by that time I was already starting to make more videos about anything I could think of. I would make things here and there, but nothing consistent. I decided I wanted to get more serious and make a portfolio to maybe get recognized by the right agency or person in the film industry. In March of 2021, I made my first episode of Delirium. The idea was spontaneous and I didn’t know what I was making, but I just had the desire to make something. I didn’t expect it to spark a mini-series of episodes that I would create, write, film & post almost once a week. I’m now working on Episode 7 and I’m also starting a new series called La Panaderia. Through doing this, I feel like I’ve learned a lot and began finding my style as a Director and a filmmaker.

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?
It has not been a smooth ride, I have a lot of moments where I’ve been unsatisfied with things I’ve created and have had a lot of self-doubt in my skills. Especially since I’m new to even operating a camera and I’m still figuring all this stuff out. Having no budget limits a lot of things and having limited resources such as actors, lights, equipment, time and other important things, it’s been a challenge to create each video I’ve taken out. But every time I do post something and I get positive reaction, it’s a nice reassurance and motivator to keep going forward.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m actually an Accountant right now and finishing up my business degree, but I use what I make to somewhat find my creative projects I do on the side. I’m not known by many people, so it’s always the same handful of people watching & liking my videos every week. I want to expand and grow my audience, but I will always be grateful for those who support me while I build myself. What sets me apart from others is that I want to be proud of every project I work on and pour my heart & soul into every part, every little detail, even things that people don’t notice or care about. I’m the kind of person where a mug in the background needs to be in the same place in a different shot to make it as real and believable as possible in my eyes. I care about a project feeling complete and feeling like it was made out of love.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Something surprising about me is that I’m actually an introverted guy, but when it comes to creative projects, that wall that usually prevents me from being myself just breaks down and I’m allowed to be free and see out my vision.

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