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Life & Work with Lindsay Stovall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Stovall. 

Hi Lindsay, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist from the East coast. I’ve been drawing and painting for almost all of my life. During my school career, I would spend most of the time in the back of class drawing. The switch to music and video came in college when I took a video class where we had to conceptualize, shoot, edit, and create sound design for video pieces, and I was pretty much hooked from there. I spent the rest of my schooling and after studying video and sound. Music was such a crucial part of where I received visual ideas from, so I basically made experimental music videos around the sounds and songs I would make. I initially didn’t even know how to make music. I would walk around the city recording various sounds and bring them into garage band and loop and distort them. Later that type of found-sound style would make its way into my music career. I’m currently a signed musical artist with Hipgnosis songs. That sound design background slowly morphed into songs. I write, produce, and perform a lot of my own music under the name G.Smith, but I also spend a lot of time writing and/or producing for other artists as well. Simultaneously I cut trailers for movies, which, alongside creating music, is one of my absolute favorite things to do. It combines video editing with sound design, and it’s truly something I love. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think my biggest struggle was recognizing just how many talented artists and creators there are out there and where I fit into all of it. Especially growing up with social media, it’s easy to compare yourself to others. And I think that was the biggest challenge for me, just getting out of my own way. I had a hard time believing in myself for a long time. But as I got older, I understood myself much more; I became comfortable with who I am, and with that came having so much more to say and knowing that what I had to say came from a genuine place. And that’s the beauty of getting older, and its why people say, “Don’t give up because you don’t know what’s around the corner.” I’m in my thirties now, and I think not long-ago people would say that that’s a late timeline for garnering any kind of success, but life is crazy, and things change, and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do any earlier than this exact moment. 

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 am many things. By day I edit trailers for film. I’ve worked on trailers like The Matrix Resurrections, The Peripheral, Black Adam, and Fantastic Beasts to name a few. That includes cutting video together and designing the sound. By night and on weekends, I write and produce music for myself and other artists. My artist project is called G.Smith, which is the name I release my music under. When I can squeeze it in, I paint for myself and others. I’ve made a tiny little business out of people commissioning paintings from me. They request an idea, and I make it for them, frame it, and send it for it to live on their walls. I specialize in just being creative. I have to create, and I always have. It’s hard for me to choose just one medium because I truly love and respect them all in their own right, and they all bring something different and exciting to my life. 

I think I’m mostly just proud of myself. I’m proud of how many hard things I had to overcome to reach a place where I feel a flow in my work and a place where I feel like whatever is thrown at me, I know I can do it. 

I think what sets me apart is that I can draw the emotion out of anything I work on. I’m a very intuitive and emotional person, and even if I’m on more of a technical project or more of an informational project (film), I try to always draw out some kind of emotion from it. I never want things to feel sterile or cold. I really want people to feel things, and I think I’m good at drawing that out in the work I make. 

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
People and creative practice. As I’ve grown, I’ve kind of started to love humans on the whole. I know we can do some terrible things, but on a smaller scale, if you just observe people around you, there are so many amazing things to be seen. People are so complex and strange. I am one of those lucky people who has amazing friends and family, and I know many people don’t have that. I’m lucky to get to see the beauty in humans because it’s there. Creative practice is just an integral part of who I am, and what continues to help me function in a place where I feel grounded in myself and my place in this world. If I go through a period of not making anything, I feel far from myself, I feel anxious, and as soon as I make something again, it instantly makes me feel good again. 

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