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Rising Stars: Meet Oscar Arce

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oscar Arce.

Hi Oscar, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m a photographer and videographer from the LA County. I’ve always enjoyed anything relating to art. For some reason creating videos is something that I gravitated towards. The earliest memory I have of me being interested in creating photos, videos was when I was about nine years old. I remember using the video recording option on those old Nokia flip phones (back then, you could only record something for about 14 seconds at a time before it would stop). As time went on, my interesting for creating videos continued and through experimentation and trying to teach myself everything I could possibly learn, I feel that I’ve made great progress and I’m really happy to see my art and work evolve and progress throughout the years!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Fortunately, I’ve had great support from my friends in family, and I’m extremely appreciative. It goes a very long way when you have people that encourage when things get really rough. Honestly, though I’d say the most challenging obstacle I’ve dealt with throughout my time being an artist/creator, whatever you wanna call it, has been with myself in trying to manage my anxiety and depression. For me, I didn’t realize how badly those two things were halting my progression and growth as an artist until recently when I started to improve on how to deal with them. Anxiety is a really tricky thing to deal with when being a photographer because a lot of the time the work has to be done outside, in public. That can be extremely nerve-wracking if you’re somebody that has really bad social anxiety. I remember there being times where I’d try to work up the courage to just go out and take some photos outside. There’s been so many times I’ve drove somewhere for the sole purpose of trying to take a couple of pictures and once I’m there, I start feeling really tense and uncomfortable, as if everyone is looking and judging me when in reality everyone out on the street is just going about their day just like I am. But even then, it feels extremely nerve-wracking. Although I’m much better at being comfortable about taking pictures or video out in public (which has improved by just constantly trying to shoot and shoot), there are time where those anxious/nervous feelings do rise again. The other day I was out shooting a band’s live set, and although I had shot them before and felt comfortable, I felt really bad anxiety beforehand and during a couple of times that night, I realized I was dissociating/zoning out for some reason. But everyday, I learn how to handle it a little better.

I also deal with depression, and whenever it’s pretty bad I lose all motivation for anything art-related, even if I had been really excited about whatever project I had been working on just a couple of days ago. It’s also tough. There will be times where I’ll look at every single picture I’ve shot, even my favorite ones and they’ll just mean nothing to me at all like I lose any connection I had with it, even if it’s a picture of a place that I love or a person I care about. Either I’ll feel sad or I’ll feel totally indifferent/numb with my art and my work when my depression is really bad.

I feel like a lot of people in general, and especially artists face these very similar feelings. Anxiety and depression are very challenging and really frustrating to go through but if anyone reading this feels these same things just know that you can do it, even when there’s times you’re dealing with all the self-doubt, just know that you’ll pull through and you can do it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a photographer, videographer, and editor.

I love shooting a lot of music related content, such as recording live music sessions, concert photography, landscape photos, as well as portraits. I love being very hands on with everything I’m involved in so usually if I shoot a project, I edit it as well! I would say the attribute that sticks out the most in my work is the color. I’d say my style of is a blend of fantasy with realism, I love manipulating color but also like to keep it as pure/real as it can be. Most of the time I don’t use any sort of special effects on videos or heavily photoshop my images, but that’s just my personal preference.

I can definitely see the evolution and different directions my work has gone through over the years, and I’m happy to say that the work that I’m putting out now has been my favorite, and I’m very excited to continue learning and evolving.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I think the most important thing to remember is just to be as true to yourself as you can and just enjoy creating the art that you do. It’s great to look at other artists as inspiration but you should never think less of yourself when comparing your art to others because everyone has their own way and own style of doing things. From my experience, I’ve seen a good number of people that have this sort of negative energy because they see fellow artists as competition or maybe feel threatened when they see a new and upcoming artist producing great work, and I personally believe there’s enough room for all artists of all mediums to co-exist and to support each other. There’s so many creative minds out there and it’s so beautiful to see so much great art being out for everyone to see.

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Image Credits
All images taken by me (Oscar Arce) People/Bands Photographed: -Death Lens -Purple Witch of Culver -Jared Cohen -Don Escalon

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