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Meet Gustav Gibrand

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gustav Gibrand.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden. I’ve always been a very active and creative guy. I was 15 years old when I started to get into videography and photography in early 2008 when me and a couple of friends began to train parkour around town. We trained and filmed everyday during the summer when it finally was good weather in Sweden.

I started to feel a passion growing for videomaking but didn’t think of it as much as I thought of parkour. Parkour was really the thing thought was for me. A couple of years down the road, after graduating from what we call the gymnasium, still training parkour, I got the idea of starting a parkour business. I wanted it to have the essence of how I started training. Open and no obligation to have a typical trainer. I wanted to be that kind of coach just to help them when they wanted to get helped. In that sense parkour is a very free sport. You should develop your own style and there is no right or wrong way to do things. Of course, there are things that would improve different tricks but everyone does their own way. That’s why I think Parkour has grown so fast and become such a huge thing all around the world.

During my business time, I worked at my dad’s drycleaning company. It wasn’t the most fun job but I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead. So I’ve been working at the dry cleaning company for four years and had my business running for three years. During that time I got myself my first apartment and got myself a sports car. I thought I was all set. But deep inside I knew something was missing. I had no Idea what. I had amazing friends and the best family I ever could ask for but there was something I was missing within me or about me.

At the end of March 2017, I was feeling down for some time because of some, let’s call it, love turbulence. My best friend Roderick told me to come see him as soon as possible. We had some deep talk and he had noticed me feeling down and he told me “I think you should move. Move away from this city and do something you love in a city you are interested in” at first I was sure I couldn’t do something like that. I had my full-time job, my business, my apartment and my beloved car here. But Roderick continued “You are pretty much done here. You have all this stuff and I know you have worked very hard for a long time to do and get all of it. But there is something missing. You’re missing you” I thought of it for a couple of minutes and really felt that he was as honest as a human can possibly be. He knew me more than I knew myself.

He sat down by the computer and asked me “what do you like? I know you like photography and video making a lot so you should do something that is about that. So what city do you think is interesting? I answered Los Angeles because I did my first ever trip all by myself to LA at the end of 2015. Roderick started to Google different filmmaking schools in LA and we came across Documentary filmmaking at New York Film Academy. He told me I should apply for that. And he also told me he will follow up every time we meet about what I’ve done since last time to move closer to the school application. I did everything I had to do to fulfill the application and sent it to the school. One week later I got an email from the school that said I should send some previous work and a personal letter. So I did. My parents were supportive of me during all this time.

In June of 2017, I got the confirmation letter from New York Film Academy that said I had been accepted to the school. I was so scared but I felt that I did the right thing. I did this for me. I did this because I felt that I needed to put myself in focus and get out of my comfort zone. I sold my car, rented out my apartment, delegated the responsibility of the company to my employees and hosted a goodbye and birthday party with my family and my closest friends. Two days later my mother drove me to the airport and I had my one-way ticket to LA in my hand. My two younger sisters joined the ride in the car. All of them started to cry when we had to say goodbye. It was very sad for me too but I was also very excited. Now, 1.5 years later, I have graduated from New York Film Academy and are now on my temporary working VISA (OPT) I’m currently working as a freelance videographer and have recently done my first paid jobs in the United States. I really feel that I get more and more air under my wings and I’m very excited about the future.

Please tell us about your art.
My art, my photography, and videography is in a never-ending development. But I would say that my art is lifestylish blended with adventure. For some time now my uploads have been of me doing stuff around LA. Mainly standing on edges of buildings and structures. But I feel I want to show people more of what I do as a videographer in this city.

I like to upload vibrant and colorful content with cool locations and exciting things happening in the shot. As I previously mentioned, my art is under constant development. I like to think of it as “the creative adult is the child who survived”

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Keep reaching out to people who upload content you appreciate. Get on every work opportunity you get, who knows what that can bring you? Most importantly. Keep upload content you love and good things will follow.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best place to see my work is either on Instagram @ggibrand or on my website where people can find my video reel and photography portfolio.

People can support me by following me or even better reaching out to me. I love to get to know new people.

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