Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Dria.
Ana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey involved so much change and evolution. I graduated in December of 2019 from the University of North Texas with a dual degree in both Photography and New Media. Originally I had gone to school with the idea that I would pursue only photography as a career. Having that been my main interest for several years prior, I thought I had my eyes set on the right path. After my first few years in school, I started making a lot of friends with so many different interests and was introduced to the world of New Media. Mediums like video, VR, 3D modeling, performance art, etc. it all interested me so much. After deciding to pursue a second degree in New Media, I quickly realized this was a path I wanted to completely throw myself into.
This opportunity I had of being surrounded by technology and software really helped me start to push my boundaries with how limitless art-making can be. I started off making short films with old cassette tapes, then it led to performance art, which led to making music, and now I am a full-time freelance music video director and 3D artist. Through all of these different mediums, I felt like I had tapped into a new discovery every time and now I carry that same curiosity into my everyday life.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It wasn’t the smoothest journey. After doing so many years thinking I wanted to pursue photography as a full-time career, setting goals for myself, coming up with this image of who I thought I wanted to be, only to realize that wasn’t it at all… it’s so liberating but so jarring? It was just kind of this huge shift in identity and personal journey for me.
I think once I let go of this past version of myself and just made art to make it, it all kind of fell into place. Over quarantine, I taught myself how to 3D model started incorporating it into my art. Alongside this, I had been making music videos for bands in the DFW area semi-regularly for a while. I decided to start putting these two worlds of video and 3D together and now bands from outside of that area finding my work. I’m just letting the universe do its magic.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a freelance music video director and 3D artist is the title I would give myself. I also sell prints of my 3D works on the side. As for what I’m known for, I guess it’s for my colorful and mystical art style? The word dreamy tends to be associated with my art as well. I just try to make things that I would like to see, with concepts that interest me personally. It’s an amazing way to connect with like-minded people and have conversations and/or collaborations come out of it.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Is it bad that my childhood truly feels like a blur?