We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Haxton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, how do you think about risk?
Any real successes come with some amount of risk. Whether you are risking your time, money or looking stupid – you have to put yourself out there and take chances. If you are staying in your comfort zone, you are not growing. I often have to remind myself when I’m feeling nervous about a project or a shoot, that this is a good thing – it means I’m stretching my boundaries. Given the opportunity to fail is a great position to be in, as it is also a position to succeed!
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.
The art and creative world is a tumultuous place. Art is a very personal thing, and a big hurdle can be putting yourself out there. It’s easy to have the internal monolog of self doubt – but you must push through. Create. Create. Create. Some things will fail – but you learn with it. And through this process you find out things about yourself, your art, or your industry that help you find the magic. Failing, then trying again isn’t failure. The only failures are giving up or never beginning. I have found myself in moments throughout my career where I am thinking about the next thing – and get stuck there in the thought-process, dissecting every way it can go wrong until I never begin. It wasn’t until I took the turn of action when things really started to happen for me. Worry about what problems will arise later – cross those bridges as they come, because they will come. But you will never get to them if think your way out from ever starting. Begin, and the rest will unfold.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There will be tacos. And there will be tequila. A nice patio, the beach and sunshine is what west-side life is all about. I’ll refer this “friend” to my wife for an itinerary. Sorry, I’m just a go with the flow kind of guy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have much gratitude for one of my school instructors, Bill Robbins. He was there at the very beginning, giving me the insight I needed to jump head-first into the working world of art. It’s hard to measure your own success on a daily basis, when it feels like things aren’t moving fast enough, not going the way you want, or you are simply plagued by the desire for more. It’s easy to lose appreciation for the great things you are doing when you are in the mud with it. I often take a moment to imagine my younger self, sitting in Bill’s classroom, to appreciate that this young boy would be so excited for what’s to come.
On a daily basis, my wife, Sophie. She supports me everyday and pushes me to be the best version of myself. I couldn’t do it without her!