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Meet Genevieve Calpito

Today we’d like to introduce you to Genevieve Calpito.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I started college, I didn’t think I would be an artist because I was so worried about supporting myself and making my parents proud. I started off studying business and I was terrible at it. I remember looking at a professor’s PowerPoint and thinking to myself, “Why did he choose that font? Why did he pick that color? That picture is so pixelated!” I then remember asking myself why was I even in that class. It took a lot of support from my siblings, friends and my boyfriend to finally study my interests. I’ve created a couple videos in high school and always loved it. So, I made the switch from studying business to studying film at San Diego State University. I absolutely loved all of my classes. I made a lot of friends and worked on so many different sets from short films, documentaries, live concerts and live television series. I knew I belonged in the film program. At the same time, I worked for other business’ like wedding videography, live concerts, and social media marketing. It was really these side gigs that helped me grow into what I really enjoy in video.

Please tell us about your art.
Now I am finally starting to see myself as my own artist through the videos I produce, shoot, and edit. I am discovering what kind of videos I like to make; what styles I find more interesting and what skills I enjoy exercising. After my experiences in school creating short films and my first job in the field creating videos for social media that included documentaries and animations, I learned that I really enjoy creating videos that have an unnatural feeling to them. I create cinemagraphs and motion graphics that make the viewer question their reality. My techniques vary from using a lot of movement to sometimes using just one frame. It really is an art form I like to create during my spare time and, honestly, it helps keep me sane.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Being an artist has its highs and lows. Discovering my passion for video was definitely a high point for me and that is what I would consider a success. I learned so many new things and enjoyed every part of it, however afterwards I had a low point. I lost my passion because of the situation I was in to make video work rather than create it. Videos had become a chore rather than my passion. It wasn’t until I changed my situation and started to really see myself as my own artist.

I believe artists have a hard time seeing their passion as a career, but it can be. Every art form is needed in so many different fields. You will be able to make your craft into a career, but when you do, please don’t lose your passion for it. Clients will want you to make content and make it fast! You need to make time for yourself and create art for yourself. Continue to learn more and be inspired by others. It is also important to love your work even if you think it’s terrible. You created it and you are talented, therefore, your work is full of talent.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I post my work on my Instagram @gencvideo. It’s a working title but I think it’s good for now! Honestly, the encouragement from my followers to make more art is really all the support I need. Again, I’m finding where I stand as an artist and getting support from other artists, friends and family is very encouraging.

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Alicia Brianne

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