Today we’d like to introduce you to Diezavel Mandl.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started video editing when I was a senior in high school, about 10 years ago. I had my own “web show” aka Youtube channel called Audiocandytv where my best friend and I interviewed emo bands that came into the Orlando area. This was when YouTube was brand spankin new. I taught myself how to edit from home and just gradually learned more and more. I started creating my own video diaries which is now known as vlogs and helped friends with music videos. When I moved to Los Angeles back in 2011, I never knew video editing was what I was going to be calling my career. In my mind, it was just a fun hobby. I started working as a casting editor for a couple of years for some big tv shows while still running my vlog channel. On my 6th year in LA, my best friend introduced me to Youtube/beauty guru queen, Patrick Starrr. We quickly became best friends and after a few times hanging out he found out I was a video editor. He offered me a job as his video editor and I have been working with him ever since.
Along with video editing, I am an advocate for self-love and body positivity. I want people to love the body they are in and break the norm by showing that every body is beautiful.
Please tell us about your art.
I remember in one of my first years of living in LA I had a mental breakdown because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I remember my sister asking me, “what do you want to do with your life”. I told her, “I just want to create videos that inspire and make people happy”. I said these words not even knowing it could be a real thing I do! I now edit videos that inspire people all over the world to shine and be their true selves. I get to help Patrick tell his story and his story is a story everyone can relate to. Including myself. I hope people get inspired by our videos to get out there and create. No matter if people think you’re weird or don’t fit in. Focus on yourself and you will succeed.
Along with working on Patrick’s channel I also get to work with many other beauty gurus and beauty campaigns. One of my latest was the beauty campaign videos for Artist Couture.
What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I honestly think the creatives are thriving right now! With social media, we have so many different platforms to show are art. I think it has become easier for people to have an idea and make it come to life. It just comes down to are you willing to do the work. No one said it is easy to be an artist, it’s just easier to get it to people. I think one thing we can do more of is more workshops or more artist gatherings. Face to face meeting is a lot harder to come by, but having a real-life connection with people will help you figure out who is the right people to collaborate with.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find most of my work on Patrick Starrr’s youtube channel along with my Instagram.