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Meet Trailblazer Analese Chinn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Analese Chinn.

Analese, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For as long as I can remember, I have always had my head in the clouds, coming up with different stories and visions in my mind to keep things interesting. I started my creative journey of self-expression through my fashion. Growing up, I would spend my free time styling my outfits and writing stories.

My best friend, Kelly Mcquade, became my creative partner at a young age. We would spend our days making short films, styling outfits, doing makeup, and creating our own photoshoots. I eventually started asking all my friends if I could style them, do their makeup, and photograph them.

When I came to college, I started to take art classes and really started to learn about the design process. At the end of my freshman year, I felt like school wasn’t for me and I headed to New York City. I spent my summer interning for a fashion stylist where we shot editorial shoots for magazines. At the end of the summer, I decided I needed to hone my craft and head back to California for a few more years. These past few years, I have been exploring many creative outlets studying Multimedia Design and Photography. I have been able to explore graphic design, jewelry design, photography, and animation.

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?
Throughout my journey, I have struggled with indecisiveness. I am passionate about many different art forms which can sometimes make things complicated. Writing, photography, and fashion are just the roots of my interests. I have also explored acting and film production. I have had a hard time dedicating all my time to one particular craft because I am still busy exploring my creative potential.

Another obstacle I have faced is trying to become a successful artist with an introverted personality. I am quiet and to myself by nature, so collaborations and getting my work out there has proven to be a challenge. Building a creative community has been something that has been very helpful to me. Most of my friends are artists themselves, which allows us to work together and inspire one another.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I try to capture soft and honest moments in my work because, in my opinion, the world can be too harsh. Right now, I would like to describe my self as a visual storyteller. I am currently working on a photography book that I hope to be published in the next coming months. My book is focused on females and the intimacy women share in their relationships with one another. My work highlights the dreaminess of women and an escape from reality.

I am also honing my skills in the digital arts, currently learning more about editing and animation programs. I am always working on scripts and expressing my self through fashion. I hope to put out more work in the coming months to inspire and remind others of the beauty that is found within relationships and the self.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
Some of my biggest female inspirations are Andrea Arnold, Sally Mann, and Kali Uchis (✿╹◡╹)

Andrea Arnold is a film director that I recommend everyone checks out. She has directed films such as American Honey and Fish Tank. Arnold has a way of telling stories from unique female characters that we aren’t exposed to commonly in American Media. Also, her color palletes bring you right into a dreamland. You will never want to leave.

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