We had the good fortune of connecting with Colin Hornett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Colin, so before we jump into specifics about your story and work, let’s start higher level. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Pick just one?!?!?! I don’t think I can label any lesson as the most important, because all lessons contain such valuable learnings. But, one I often remind myself of during the creative process is….separate yourself from the outcome and seldom will you be disappointed. Do your thing as well as you can with what you have and release it to the world. If you focus on the outcome before the journey of creation, then you miss the best parts, CREATING! People will come and go and have opinions, but none of it matters. Create something you care about for the soul purpose of creating and sharing your message. The outcome is going to happen no matter what, don’t rush to get there.
Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career?
It’s a difficult question(s) to answer because you can’t see the picture when you are in the frame. That said, until recently I had no idea I was creative. I learned from an early age playing sports and watching people that I admired, skill is great, but it doesn’t get you far without hard work. If you work really hard and have a tiny bit of skill, there is a place for you on the team. If you are super skilled and don’t work hard, there might be a place for you on the team, but not for long. Knowing that, I’ve prided myself on working hard, doing anything I can and learning everything I can. It is so rewarding learning new skills and improving on old ones, learning new techniques and tackling problems with fresh thinking. I never ask anyone to do things I wouldn’t and carry a significant amount of the load, which is a great motivator for me and my teammates. Now combining my hard, smart work, with years of unique experience, and the creative skill I’ve had, but not recognized until recently, gives me a strong platform to significantly help on almost any project or idea and allows me the freedom to creatively solve any problem. I’ve also got a massive community of amazing folks around me to create some of the most incredible experiences you can dream up. It’s amazing!!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Can’t give away all my secrets because there are some spots that need to be discovered 🙂 A week in California would include a great deal of nature. I have an RV / Pirate Ship named Tiago who loves a good adventure. We’d start in Joshua Tree then head north to Yosemite and the Sequoias before returning to Venice for some surf and delicious breakfast at Flake.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Too many to name. In fact, I think it a tragedy in American culture to ascribe so much success individually. Everything I have ever done requires great effort, support and collaboration. Life is a team sport, which makes it that much more meaningful, fun and rewarding. I want to thank everyone that has ever been a part and continues to be a part of the ideas and creations I come up with. It wouldn’t be possible to bring them to life without you!
Other: Our creative building community is Spacey Space, you can find more of what we do and how we do it at spaceyspace.io
Colin Hornett, Shane Cassilly