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Meet Claire Stanton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Stanton.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Yeah, I was adopted from China by a single mother and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up doing a lot of sports, but once I went to high school, everything sort of flipped. Instead of doing sports, I got completely involved with the performing arts: marching band, theater, and show choir. I was pretty dedicated. Around that time, a family member got me a camera, and I thought I should start to use it to express myself. I started a YouTube channel where I would vlog, do internet challenges, and make little movies. That’s where I found my passion for making videos, and that led me to Chicago, where I went to college for film.

While in college, I decided I wanted to pursue film directing. Though this last year, my senior year, I found that I specifically enjoyed directing music videos. They encapsulate everything I love including music, creativity, and filmmaking. My favorite music videos are the ones that have a good storyline and make you think. For my last semester of college, I was accepted to do a program here in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, things got cut short due to COVID-19. I have managed to stay in Los Angeles, and I’ve been here for about five months. I graduated from college, and now I’m excited for whatever the universe has planned for me!

Please tell us about your art.
I create videos, do photoshoots, and make films. My broad goal is to have the audience think about who we are as human beings and to bring more diversity to media. YouTube is where I tend to publicly document my life, try out new ideas, and challenge myself. A recent video I posted is called “Mind Map” where I talk about what’s going on in my life while I’m drawing a mind map. It’s easy for me to feel lost in the internet world, but I think it’s worth putting my perspective out there.

Photography has always been a starting point for me. I was inspired to do photoshoots for myself because it’s easy for me to feel awkward in front of a camera. Some challenges include imitating themes from shows, using a projector, or seeing what I can do with limited time. This has helped with doing photoshoots for other people.

For the films I have written and directed, I hope that people take away that not everything is how you think you see it. I’ve directed mostly student short dramatic narratives. My advanced directing project, “Hope”, is the film I’m most proud of. It’s about an adopted daughter struggling to fit in with her family. I’ve also done a couple of music videos for some Chicago musicians.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I wouldn’t say that the role of artists has changed necessarily, but I do think artists have become more impactful due to social media and streaming services. We have a voice to show what our concerns are. Art can change how we view the world. Some of us are using our platforms to hopefully spread awareness about Black Lives Matter. It’s one of the biggest topics talked about today. Part of me feels that posting anything besides Black Lives Matter is selfish, but as time goes on it’s something that’s added to my conscience while I work on other content. I had this thought the other day about the beginning of 2020. Many of us felt that this was going to be our year to get our lives together. Instead, this is a shift in perspective. Maybe we don’t get our lives together, but we are having a needed change and growth as a community.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on my website, YouTube, and Instagram! Please like and share!

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Claire Stanton
Brian Crawford

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