We had the good fortune of connecting with Ayinde Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ayinde, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started to pursue Cinematography, I felt it was necessary to dive head first into all that was “filmmaking”. I converted my entire world to serve my progression of film knowledge and experience. I gave up summers with friends and family, to sit alone and study films and filmmakers. Maybe it was necessary at the time, but I learned years later how important it was for me to have a life beyond film. Not only does a greater world perspective inform my creative decisions as an artist, but it also has allowed me to find enjoyment in things that don’t hinge on the success of my career. So when work slows down, or I’m unhappy with how a project came together, I can still find happiness/fulfillment elsewhere – and that keeps me trudging along in good spirits.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think for me, the importance I put into the experience of creating something, has always outweighed the product itself. Initially, that seems counter-productive to making a quality project, but I actually believe it’s the secret ingredient. A positive energy and common goal amongst collaborators leads to a synergy that really makes a project special. And that focus on the experience of creating something, becomes a calling card that has begun to set me apart from others. I’m most proud the relationships and bonds that have developed during the pursuit of my career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite food spots in LA is Sweet Chick on Fairfax. I love the vibe, and I haven’t brought anyone who wasn’t satisfied with the food! Other than that, I like to take trips into nature when I can. Everyone’s first instinct when visiting is to go to Hollywood Blvd and see the stars, but for me, I’d rather get away from the city; whether it be on certain hikes, or the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I spent the bulk of my education in Filmschools, so there’s a countless number of people who have directly helped me progress in some form or another. But someone who has always gone above and beyond for me is a DP named Isiah Donte Lee. He helped shape my foundation as a Cinematographer, and became (and continues to be) a guiding light as I move throughout the industry. It’s super important to have people in your circle who will open their network to you, as well as share knowledge they’ve learned through their own trial and error.
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