Today we’d like to introduce you to Kryzz Gautier.
Kryzz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
One could almost say I was born with a camera. My father had a Canon FTb with a wide array of lenses to take family pictures for as long as I can remember. I always showed interest in it and eventually around the age of 5 I got my own film camera. I’ve never put it down since. Telling stories through images has always been my passion. I eventually fell in love with moving pictures and that is how I became a writer/director, but my first love has and always been photography. I have a deep appreciation for fashion and style so that is what I prefer to shoot but I also quite enjoy street photography/photojournalism. From my love for fashion photography, the need to mix beautiful cinematography, music, and moving images arose and it’s inspired me to create several short form Fashion focused pieces. They are like moving editorials.
I majored in Film Direction in college but minored in photography and music appreciation at one of the top ten best film schools in the world.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think my biggest problem is how big of a critic I am of my own work. I strive to tell stories with my images. I want to create striking moments but that is much easier to do as a film director than a photographer. How do I create and convey a narrative with a single shot? That is always my biggest question and one I will always strive to answer. One day I might finally nail it.
Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
I feel fortunate in many ways, I grew up in a great family. I never needed anything whether it be physically, emotionally, or materially. I think I had a more privileged childhood than most, people are lucky to experience but at some point, I made the decision to be an artist and that lifestyle always comes with a lot of sacrifices. The decision to live a life that revolves around fickle stability has meant that my adult life has been harder more often than not. The starving artist trope might be a little more romanticized than it should haha, but I guess it has it’s charms when you realize you are making sacrifices to live a life you won’t later regret. It has been hard, but it has also been very rewarding. I was lucky enough to be signed to an agency as a writer/director within six months of graduating college and have been fortunate enough to have found a talent manager back then who still believes in me 5 years later. I have won awards in different parts of the world and my work is constantly recognized which makes me feel lucky in the sense that I am constantly assured that I maybe made the right choice. On the flip side, just as often as your work gets recognized, there are also projects that you are incredibly excited about that fall through at the last minute by strokes of bad luck. At some point, you get used to taking the good with the bad. Other was in which I feel lucky is that this path has gifted me with more than professional and financial rewards. I have found myself falling into friendships and have forged a strong community finding myself surrounded by the most talented people who constantly leave me awestruck and make me want to be better at my craft. My personal life feels quite fulfilling because of my career choice but that same career it has also cost me relationships I care deeply about. Being a woman of color in an industry dominated by white men means I have to work ten times as hard to be taken half as seriously. For better or worse, I’m a workaholic and I have goals I want to meet so sometimes I have to make the conscious decision to put my personal life on the backburner and let go of things and people I’ve had nothing but the deepest love for. That sometimes feels like bad luck. Overall, in the long run, I’m hoping all the sacrifices will pay off and the long periods of what seem like endless bad luck will fade out and nothing but good things will remain.
Is there a quality or characteristic that has played an outsized role in your success?
I’m stubborn. So stubborn. Once I know I want to do something then I’m going to make it happen one way or another. It’s what got me this far and what I believe will continue pushing me to where I know I can be. I also like to believe I have a pretty unique style. A lot of directors/photographer/storytellers have a very distinct “brand” and I feel I know who I am as a person and as an artist to have found what sets me apart from the rest of the men and women out there trying to do what I do at the moment. I’m very confident in my work and the quality of it without being arrogant. I think a strongly rooted confidence in your skills also makes the world of difference in a field as competitive as art.
What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
I’ve lived all over the place. Grew up in the Caribbean, went to school and lived on the East Coast, lived and traveled all over Europe, and I’ve been in Los Angeles since 2012. Nothing compares. I love traveling and exploring the world, but I don’t think a place will ever feel as right for me to call “home” as LA does. There’s an effortless charm to it. A charm in its chaos and it’s gridlock and it’s utter nonsense. An uncharming charm that scares a lot of people away, but that only makes me cling to it even harder. Funny enough, I seem to love the things that irritate most. Give me 2 hours stuck on the 405 in rush hour. It’s the perfect excuse to blast music and think of new projects. Give me the intimidating vastness of the city. It just means there’s more to explore. Give me the ridiculousness of every quirky person who settles down here. It offers me the opportunity to discover points of view I would otherwise never even knew existed. Some people like to call New York the greatest city in the world, but if you ask me those people haven’t looked at Los Angeles closely enough.
- Website: www.KryzzG.com
- Phone: 617-800-7787
- Email: KryzzGautier@Gmail.com
- Instagram: @KryzzGautier
- Facebook: @KryzzGautier
- Other: Twitter: @KryzzGautier
My personal photo was taken by Selina Ruthe. The rest of the images were taken by me