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Meet Ryan-Joseph Agboola

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan-Joseph Agboola.

Ryan-Joseph, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
There’s a saying about being prepared, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” I’ve grown up only preparing to succeed. Since I was in middle school, I’ve always had this set plan for my life to study acting and performing arts in high school so that I’m experienced in how to speak with actors, then study filmmaking in college and pursue a career in Directing and Writing for television. I can definitely say, now being a senior in college pursuing a BFA in Film and Digital content with a concentration in Writing, I’ve stayed true to my goals and I’m more than happy where I’m at and where I’m headed.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t believe any road worth taking comes without obstacles. I was raised by a loving and nourishing, Nigerian-immigrant single mother of three in lower-middle-class New Jersey. Financial comfortability has always been the biggest struggle in my life. When I took the journey from New Jersey to Los Angles, I wasn’t nearly as prepared financially as I hoped to have been. From my freshman year, I’ve been working job to job, living check to check. However, I learned that currency will never make life worth living or a career worth perusing. I learned to accept my current situation as long as I’m set on my goal, I will always achieve it with no doubts on the concern.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
The hardest thing about being an artist is being told that you can only be one thing, you can only have one style or one aesthetic, etc. I disagree with this more and more as I grow as an artist. I am, and I say this proudly, a Screenwriter and Conceptual/Fine Arts Portrait photographer. It sounds like a lot, but it’s what makes me, ME. My writing specializes in turning everyday situations that may seem insignificant, into interesting and compelling stories. When it comes to my photography, I like to give people who don’t genially have experience in modeling the opportunity to try it out and learn, because who doesn’t like to have their photo taken. I don’t think there is a day that I don’t find my self either on set for a short film or out doing a photo shoot.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t think I would necessarily start over, I think I would take some alternative approaches to some aspects of my life. For example, If could make a change, I would have joined more communities of artist earlier in my life. Finding and forming friendships is always rewarding, I had trouble making friends as a kid so forming bonds is a huge deal for me now.

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Anthony Arriaga, Zacchaeus Brisson

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