We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Seiha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
You must get detached from the “when”. When is it going to start happening? When are things going to start going my way? Be so deep in your passion that you lose track of time. If you want the prize more than the passion, you’ll want to quit in 3 months
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I strongly believe what interests us, we are good at, therefore can be great at. As kids we enjoyed playing with one toy, tossing it to the side and playing with another that interested us. I take on art the same way. I’m passionate about multiple things: fashion, hair, photography, film-making, directing, architecture, and who knows, the list may get longer as life gets longer. I believe we can be great at multiple mediums as long as the passion is there. With passion, patience and sacrifice you’re able to bring 10 different worlds into one.
At 14 years old I had started cutting hair in my section 8 apartment me and my family lived in for most of our life. Bouncing from back houses, to sharing 1 bedroom shelters with other families, as a little kid, my mom was finally able to secure a good government apartment where we didn’t have to stress as much. I was young when I realized i needed to step up to provide for my family. Cutting hair was something I found fun, so i started to learn and master it. By the end of high-school I was able to get into my very first barbershop with my skill level + experience. But it wasn’t enough for me. There was more creative juice in me that needed to be brought to life through different tools. Different art mediums. Midway through high-school I had picked up Hip-Hop, Journalism, and Digital-film. I was always stepping into different worlds to pick up different ideas and inspirations. Aside cutting hair, Film was one of the things I felt most passionate about. For the sake of practicing the form of photography I then would naturally start to incorporate photography and film with hair. Making things look good via a camera was just the cherry on top, I was more interested in learning the chemistry of the how’s and the why’s.
Think like you are 8 years old again with the wisdom you have now. Do everything you are interested in, mix it in a bowl, create it, and let the world see it. Don’t let the world fool you, that McDonald’s where you grew up will always be there in case your plan goes left. Go chase that thing that comes to your mind when reading this, I promise you, you won’t look back. Create new worlds and eyes for the next generation. Life’s all about elevating.
I knew art was for me when I couldn’t sleep at night without thinking about it. It was like discovering your superpower and couldn’t wait to keep using it. It was my priority whether I was getting paid or not, recognized or not, believed in or not. Because I knew the things I was doing alone when all the doors were shut and all the lights were off, were sooner or later going to change life’s. Work I was doing 3/4 years ago, I am now getting recognized for, jobs for, opportunities for. But at the time it was almost like my art was invisible. Patience and passion is everything.
I believe god has given me life as a message from him, to inspire people through my art forms.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be who I am without my mother. I never expect her to fully understand what I do due to the fact that, what I’m doing is foreign to her; Coming from a different generation, It’s my job and duty to introduce and show her what I’m capable of doing in this new era. Even so, she supports me to the moon and that itself is enough motivation for me to keep going every single day.