Today we’d like to introduce you to Klicquot from the Crenshaw District.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started Directing & editing short films my junior year of high school. during my senior year of high school is when I was introduced to music videos. Shortly after I graduated, I decided to go to school up North for a bit. After a year away from LA, I came back. At the time, I was going to school for digital media but I started to feel as if my time was being wasted and could probably teach everything myself or learn off of YouTube. Shortly after, my parents got my little brother a drone for Christmas which he never used, then one day I decided to fly it. As soon as it got in the air I was able to see what was displayed on my phone I immediately thought “NEVEEER…..OHHHH SO THIS IS HOW THEY MAKE MOVIES…Yeah maybe I could do something with this.” because to be honest before that day i never payed attention to drones or even cared about what they did. After that decided to invest my money in a DSLR and a few more drones after crashing and repairing the first one countless times as well as a gimble and I’ve just been teaching myself to be a better Director, Camera Operator as well as editing and flying a drone if necessary.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
“EASY PATH”? Please. haha. I would say it’s definitely been a real challenge. I feel like my generation of people who live in LA knows that everyone right now is on this creative shit. Everyone is trying to get their ideas out its so many rappers/singers/editors/directors trying to be seen so I feel like when people notice you without you asking for the attention is when you know if you’re really active in whatever it is that you’re doing but that was definitely a challenge getting people to actually want to work with you because they truly believe your work is good.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
People know me for having some cool edits you could say. I feel like what makes me proud in what I do is I try to stay independent I don’t try to rely on others just to have the state of mind that everything I have is because I worked for it. I feel like what sets me apart from other directors is that I do everything a bit unorthodox. Most of the ideas from my shoots come to me the day of the shoot or while I’m shooting. Nothing is ever written out on a shot list or anything. Just pull up and make it do what it do.
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