We had the good fortune of connecting with Aiden Korotkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aiden, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I used to want to be famous. For what? Anything, really. I just wanted to be remembered. But as I’ve grown older I’ve come to understand that legacy is more than just getting a bunch of random strangers to know your name after you’re gone.
I think prior to transitioning, my desire to be known was a desire to not be erased which is, ironically, something that happens on a daily basis post-transition. (When you “pass” it comes with the territory unless you’re constantly making it known.) I think I craved just people knowing my name, loving me for things that they saw me as because I had a hard time loving myself. But your legacy can’t be given to the hands of other people. Your legacy must be yours to control. And it can’t be only focused around your career; there’s way more to life than work (so much more)!
So, I think today, I want people to know Aiden Korotkin as: a fiercely loyal friend, a lover with all his heart (and of the chocolate-peanut butter combination), a steadfast sibling, a passionate and damn good visual storyteller, someone who gave it all he got in every scenario he was put in, and someone you could always have a good laugh and a good beer with. That’s how I’d want to be remembered.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m not entirely sure how I would describe my work. I strive for realistic and simple; believable, if you will. And my work is evolving, mostly because I’m still learning. I’ve messed up … A LOT. But honestly, that’s the best way to learn, in my opinion. Early in my career, I got cocky and went into a big shoot with a new camera, without testing it out first, and got terrible footage. Never did that again. I’m constantly striving to try and learn from what I’ve done, learn from my mistakes, and figure out how to make my work better the next time. Maybe I tried to light an interview a new way but it doesn’t look as good as it could have. How do I make that better?
Everyone screws up. Literally, everyone. It’s what you take from those screw ups and how you adapt to the next time you’re put in that situation that matters. That’s how you should measure success–how you had adapted to situations over the years. That’s one thing I constantly have to remind myself, too –success isn’t a straight path forward, especially in the creative world. No matter what anyone tells you, no matter what you see on social media (because that’s all curated anyways), there’s literally no one path forward.
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.
This is a hard question because I just moved to a new city, so I’m not entirely sure how to answer, particularly with COVID still being a thing. Raincheck?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is a dangerous question because inevitably, I’m going to forget someone, and then they’re going to curse me and my unborn child, and then my child is going to be born looking like a fish or something, so I’m going to do the best I can.
My parents are literally the ground I’ve stood on my entire life. They’ve given me unconditional love, support, and have only wished for my success. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do now without them. My whole family, really.
The Lookout. Lance B, Lindsey S, Mitra A, Shayla S, Chey, RHill, Courtney BA, Ashely A, Marsha B, Betz, Justin D, Dom M, Jordan G, Zan, MLucas, DD, Az & Rebecca, Lauren W, Kathryn C, Kris G, Jon & Cristina, Karen A, Amanda M, Kara F, Amber M, and Lexi & Zach.