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Meet Joseph Hernandez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Hernandez.

Joseph, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am an up-and-coming director-musician, with an interest in many things. I live in my beloved hometown of Pasadena, California, which in my opinion, has opened many doors for me to pursue my dreams creatively, professionally, and socially. I have had the fortune to study Media Production at Marist College on the East Coast, study abroad in Florence and travel Europe, as well as work for the start-up company BallerTV for my first internship. 

In my free time I like to make music on my Dell Laptop. People think I am crazy for using my touch pad on FL Studio, but really, I wanted to express myself visually first, so my spending goes towards getting a new lens, After Effects plugin, etc. and not so much into music production. Despite this, I still invest much time into learning all I can about music theory and production. Likewise, I like to sharpen my creative talents by exploring the breadth of every artistic field. That includes either sketching, modeling (the small-kind), writing, or finance when I am not shooting footage, or editing photos and video footage. 

I have recently finished creating my personal website where you can see examples of my work, and the link is at the bottom of the article. 

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Often times, it has been remarked to me by various people that I have “talent”. Just as often, people have raised their concern that I am getting in my own way. More than one person has told me the phrase, “you are your own worst enemy.” Definitely, at times I feel just like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. Matt Damon also happens to be my favorite actor. Not that I doubt myself, but it seems one of my biggest challenges along the way has been reckoning with my potential and believing in myself.

It would be a failure to myself, as well as to the village that raised me (parents included), especially to God, if I did nothing with what opportunities I have been gifted. The words of my beloved, late-Track-Coach, Fred Riley, have stuck with me since an early time. “It is disturbing to see you waste your talent.” I have resolved to not let that happen.

Also, I have OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome, so these things have had a major impact on my adolescence. However, thanks to Jehovah God, I have been able to overcome these challenges, and actually use them to my advantage. Sometimes, I can focus more intently than my competitor would, because I have the “super power” of OCD. Like others with this condition will tell you, “you can own it, or it can own you”.

But, in general, the obstacles in my life are nothing compared to those around me. I have always been an optimist and grateful for the sacrifice of others who have supported me directly and indirectly. This has contributed to my decision to become an artist. Growing up, I wanted to be several things. However, I have made the decision to pursue my passions as an “artist”, since that is what I am studying in school. No one in my family creates art professionally or recreationally. I come from a regular background, but I hope to shine light upon the unheard voices and continue “showcasing the quirky and remarkable moments of life.”

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I am mastering several trades. These include:

  1. Sound (music, audio engineering and mixing)
  2. Visual (photography, videography, cinematography, graphic design, motion-template work, 3d animation, sketching, painting, etc.)
  3. Writing (screenwriting, copy-writing, novel writing)
  4. Craft-building (models, pottery, sculpture)
  5. ??? (Imma keep it interesting. Looking to expand my range into non-artistic fields…maybe aerospace or finance)

I really think my most interesting artwork is directly influenced by my faith, and how it informs my perspective of daily life/worldview. I enjoy abstraction, dreams, and big events/concepts. Many things that seem “surreal” I attribute to the invisible hand of God.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I have led a happy life. However, to answer your question, yes, I would definitely do so. Particularly, I would change my response to having OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome; I denied the truth to myself, thinking it would just go away, and no one noticed anyway. For some years, I maintained a lid on it, and I thought I was strong enough to deal with it on my own. How wrong I was! By age 16 I would spend countless hours caving to rituals, and performing complex-motor-tics, often shouting at the top-of-my-lungs. On top of the tics being very physically and mentally exhausting, I was still active in-and-out of school. However, I still thought it would pass. It didn’t. It wasn’t until after I had seen several behavioral therapists, and really confronted the truth, that I was able free myself from being a slave to my OCD. My Tourette’s eventually subsided as I worked with myself in-order to live “normally” once more. Thanks to Jehovah God, my therapist, and my family, I have overcome these challenges to the point where I was before. Had I simply confronted the condition earlier, my time during that period would have been much smoother, and perhaps set me on a different path. 

In fact, art helped me cope with the stress and mental pressure. It enabled me to divert my energy from compulsions to something productive. 

My advice to anyone going through something similar is to be honest. 

Pricing:

  • Client Music – $50
  • Visuals – Open to offers 

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
My Dad, Rafael Ramirez, Me: Joseph Hernandez

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