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Art & Life with Alex Barba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Barba.

Alex, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Originally, I wanted to become a YouTuber but I was broke, so I got a credit card and bought a camera and a mic. Which I wouldn’t recommend unless you know you can pay it back. Anyways, I had this idea where I would vlog about my life but I would make it look cinematic. Well, it turns out that at the time I was very camera shy so all my “vlogs” turned out to be really awkward and boring videos that no one really cared to watch. However, I did get compliments on my intros because they were cinematic and they always captured peoples attention. But then the video would go downhill from there.

At 18, I became a supervisor for UPS and honestly as decent as the pay was I hated it. Outside of work, I was making videos for money on the side. I became so focused on creating videos that I would forget to eat before work and I’d have to rush so I wouldn’t be late. I was typically late anyways, remember when I got a credit card? Well, I actually had two at the time that was maxed out. So, I got a second job and I hated that too. I was really hating the way my life was going with working two jobs and getting the whole “that’s just life” talk constantly. I also hated that both my jobs required me to shave, have my hair a certain way, tuck my shirt in and blah blah blah. Authenticity is important to me. I always thought to myself that it doesn’t matter if you wear a suit or a t-shirt and jeans. If you don’t know what you’re talking about or you’re not good at what you do then who cares if you wear a suit?

So, for years, I was doing extensive research on business (such as reading books, articles, listening to podcasts, watching videos, etc.) trying to figure out how I could leave my crappy jobs while still being successful until it hit me. I knew I wasn’t making enough money to leave but I saw the opportunity and I was confident enough in myself that no matter how bad things got I would pull myself out. So, I turned my two weeks in. I didn’t finish them out because I didn’t want to be rehireable. I wanted to be fully committed with nothing to fall back on.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a Videographer. I make promo videos/commercials for businesses, artists, musicians, fitness influencers, etc. I want to help grow my clientele’s brands and see them reach new pinnacles that they never thought possible. We set up a time and place and we have fun! Plus, I get to do what I love and see others get excited to be in a video. It brings me a kind of fulfillment that I don’t get anywhere else.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the market has become over saturated and for that reason, authenticity will be what wins. There is so much competition to be the next great out breaking artist or “overnight success” that the bar has been raised. There is only one Kanye West, only one Picasso, only one Edgar Allen Poe, and the only one you. The ones who aspire to be just like someone else will always live in that person’s shadow. However, authenticity doesn’t mean shit if the work ethic isn’t there. Aside from authenticity the amount of hours you put in will also determine where you will go. There’s always going to be other artists, videographers, photographers, singers, etc. If you aren’t willing to lose sleep, work even on weekends or say no to your friends when they want to go out and spend money then you will fail.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post all my work on my Instagram and my Facebook! I also will be posting all my work on my new YouTube channel sometime soon, so stay tuned for that! If you would like to show support then you could follow me on Instagram @alexbarbaofficial or add me on Facebook and share some of my videos or leave a like or a comment! (:

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