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Meet Marina Del Rey Visual Artist: Zach Hellmuth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zach Hellmuth.

Zach, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, I grew up a middle child in Mount Vernon, Virginia and was raised under Southern values. From the time I could walk – I immediately marched to the beat of my own drum. Naive in youth, I lived everyday as a new adventure and opened my world to just about anything. Naturally being a nonconformist, I would find myself in the wrong situations and learned quickly that I could go down the wrong path if I didn’t keep myself in check. For me, art became a way to escape and was a positive outlet for my misfit tendencies. It was a very natural process.

Has it been a smooth road?
Trying to make it as an artist is never easy for many reasons. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road and have worked with all kinds of people, but the personal journey is definitely the biggest struggle. The process of building confidence in yourself and your work takes time. I’m grateful for the struggles and challenges I’ve had – it has definitely been a humbling experience. I also have tremendous support from my family and friends (who are family). But who knows if the road will get any smoother…I know the road is always more fun when it’s rough.

Is there a quality or characteristic that has played an outsized role in your success?
One of the most important characteristics to my success is that I push myself and my work on every project I am involved in. I literally give all of my energy, time, and life into the process. It makes me happy to know that I give it my all every time and I believe that my efforts to push myself beyond what is expected is one of the reasons I have grown so fast as an artist.

What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
Coming from a humbling background, Los Angeles was definitely a huge change for me. The weather, friends, beaches, culture, and work attracted me to move here from Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I was working on snowboard films. I have never lived so close to the beach in my life so being 3 blocks away I would say is one of the best parts (along with living in cheapest and oldest standing townhouse community in Marina Del Rey). Neptune Marina for life! What do I like least about the city? Well, first I’d like to say that I have met some of the most wonderful people here in LA and proud to call some of them family. But I lucked out because there are a lot of soulless people here who are only concerned about themselves and how quickly they can get to the top. For me, I always knew there was more to life than material things and job titles. I thank God for blessing me for everything he has given me.

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1 Comment

  1. danny

    November 9, 2016 at 03:02

    This dude is awesome! Bump this article to the front website!!

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