Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Betancourt.
Tyler, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was rambunctious and creative from a young age. I never had many friends and would spend most of my time in my room painting, drawing, writing short stories, or reading novels, always with music on. Music and musical artists have been a major influence on my work in all forms. Always bursting with creativity and needing new outlets to express myself, I dove into poetry and screenplays in my junior year of high school. Upon my high school graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in film, directing and writing specifically, which ultimately led me to film school in Los Angeles. While in school, I continued to draw, paint, and write stories and poetry voraciously, truly fine-tuning my own style and craft.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I hate complaining about my journey thus far because I have truly been blessed with what I have, how I was raised, and the opportunities I have been presented with. There are so many out there with so much less than I have, or have climbed much more treacherous mountains than I. The road to where I am now has not been easy or without some bumps and bruises of course, but nothing a positive mindset, support from loved ones, and a desire to push on hasn’t been able to fix.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m best known for my work in digital art/design and film. I “do” anything which satisfies my creative spirit and thoroughly enjoys all forms of expression, but I specialize in film production and digital art/design. Despite the fact, I am not the biggest supporter of social media I am most proud of my Instagram and the art I have posted to my insignificant page. The pieces have always come from a place within me that is very free and I hope people connect, interpret, or are inspired by them in their own ways. I believe we are all much more similar than we think, and it is simply circumstance which has the ability to set us apart. I do believe though I am a bit more positive and persistent than others. I cannot allow myself to sit still, accept defeat, or feel controlled. All my life, I have simply done what I wanted to do, the way I wanted to do it, despite criticism or judgment from those around me.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents, for first allowing me to come into this world, and secondly for providing me with all the tools and opportunity to follow my dreams and be myself. Though I don’t believe I turned out exactly the way they imagined, they have never tried to change who I am.
My Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and additional extended family for providing support, love, and guidance throughout my childhood and adolescent years.
Two very specific teachers I had in high school had an incredible impact on my life and helped set me on the course I’m on today. My English/Creative Writing instructor, Mr. Perez, really showed me how much interesting literature and poetry was out there. He helped me break out of a “typical” format when writing creatively and pushed me to explore whatever I needed to express at that time. He never judged my work, only providing constructive criticism, and helped prepare me for how treacherous the real world can be for an artist sometimes.
The second high school instructor who had a great impact on me was Mrs. Bovie-Ware. She was in charge of the school’s media program and also taught a class called Contemporary Media. She too always tested my creativity, work ethic and opened my eyes to being aware of the tactics of marketing, media, and consumerism worldwide.
I also have to credit those who doubted me, laughed at my goals, or simply did not accept me. I found inspiration through their doubts and feel stronger because of them.
Lastly in recent years, my girlfriend has been my foundation in navigating life and supporting me through some rockier times. I would not be the man or artist I am today if I had never crossed paths with such a beautiful soul. She inspires me to be better everyday and gives me a future to look forward to for years to come.
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