CREATIVE SPOTLIGHT: Christopher Pereira
Hello! Hope you're week is going well. Today is a very special post, for many reasons. One because it's my first "Creative Spotlight" interview. I used to do these interviews called, 'Artist Spotlight' where I focus my questions towards a person's specific project/art. The 'Creative Spotlight' is aimed to be more of a focus on the person behind the art, and their creative heart. Secondly, this is so special because it involves my favorite person ever, Christopher Pereira. We've been best friends for over 7 years and I truly believe I struck gold with him. When I least expected it, the Lord answered all my prayers and gave me one of the greatest friends of all time. I could go on and on about how one-of-a-kind Christopher truly is, but it still would be an the world's biggest understatement. See for yourself how amazing he is in the interview down below. Don't forget to follow him on all his social links as well.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what creative endeavors you identify with the most.
A: My name is Christopher Pereira. I am a twenty-year old musician with a passion to shake up your daily routine. Whatever makes you think twice about your life, whatever makes you question your fears, whatever makes you try spontaneous things, that’s what I’m here for.
Q: A lot of times, as creative young adults, we have to balance a lot at one time from work, school, a social life, and creating art. What helps you keep everything in balance and still gives you time to be creative and fresh?
A: Unfortunately, I have zero idea of how to keep my life balanced. To be quite honest, trying to balance everything takes up way too much mental energy for me to actually be productive. So, instead, I just take it day-by-day. Cliché? Yes. But it works. Art is about expressing myself, in whatever form that takes life in. My daily goal is to use up all of the creative energy that day provides doing the things that I love doing.
Q: Which of your creative accomplishments are you most proud of and why?
A: I recently put out my first single. Although this project was extremely spontaneous, it culminates the first step into the career that I hope to one day have. I don’t remember who told me this, but they said, “If you live your life in fear of creating your art, you’ll never create anything.” People need your art. If they didn’t need it, you wouldn’t have the talents you currently posses. It’s that simple. If you have a gift, use it.
Q: Many up and coming artists use social media as a playing ground for their work. What would you say are the 3 key factors to producing fresh, and original content online? What are your favorite mediums to showcase your work?
A: I constantly struggle with my online presence. It’s probably the main area in which I fail to take my own advice and “just create (just post).” I would say, make sure your consistent across every platform. If you want people to notice your art, you need to make it as easy as it can be for them to find it. The reality of our scatterbrained society is that people don’t like taking too many steps to find what you’re advertising. Although there are lots of exceptions to this, try and focus your brand. The broader your online portfolio is the least likely you are to get the exposure you are wanting for your art.
Q: Who/what/where do you find inspiration from for your photos, music, or written work?
A: Anything and anywhere. It’s pretty interesting for me, because I find inspiration for my work in different areas of art. For example, a song might trigger something in me to take a picture. A picture might trigger something in me to write a song. It’s all interconnected for me.
Q: There's this idea most people have when they aren't inspired it's because they are in a "creative rut." Have you ever found yourself in a "creative rut" and if so how did you get through it?
A: Daily. It’s a struggle I think most creatives find themselves in, whether by comparison or just simply by lack of motivation. My advice would be to get yourself out of bed and make something. It seems kind of counterproductive, but by putting yourself in a place where you’re forced to be creative you’ll eventually start being creative organically. I’ve heard it said more than once that your feelings will follow your actions. In this context, specifically, it couldn’t be hold more truth.
Q: Where/ when do you feel the most focused and creative?
A: When I’m around things or people that are creatively focused. I’ve noticed that if I position myself in an environment that doesn’t promote innovation or creativity, I will find myself being less productive. With this concept, the opposite is irrefutably true. For this reason, every opportunity I can get to be around creative things or people I will take.
Q: What are some goals you have, either personal or as an artist for the next year?
A: I hope that by this time next year I will be in a different place creatively. My goal, every day, is to constantly be growing. I don’t necessarily care how or what that looks like, I just want to be the best version of myself I can be. Because, here’s the deal, if I’m not constantly seeking to improve and perfect the gifts that I have, they will wither away. This fear haunts me, but at the same time it motivates me to keep pressing forward.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is aiming to express themselves artistically and turn it into a career?
A: In the words of Nike, “Just do it” The worst thing that can happen on your way up is that you fall. I think we sike ourselves out of our dreams more than anyone else. At its core, if you’re holding back from doing what you love to do, you’re experiencing fear. My question for you is, how long will you let fear rob you from living your life?
Q: What are some fears you have as an artist/creative person?
A: Rejection, comparison, perfection, you name it. I’ve pretty much experienced the whole rolodex of fears life has to offer when it comes to being an artist. However, I’m constantly learning that although I experience fear, I cannot live in fear. Fighting fears is part of our human experience, but living and building a house on top of those fears is a choice – a choice we don’t have to make.
Q: What do you aim to do with your work? (What is your overall artistic mission?)
A: I want my art to change people. I want my art to make a difference. Without that, it doesn’t matter to me. I want my hurt to help other people’s hurt. I want my pain to help other people’s pain. Not rejoicing together because of it, but helping each other to rise above it. I believe that’s what I was put on this earth to do.
As Told By,
Amanda (and Chris)