We had the good fortune of connecting with Brady Schwind and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brady, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
One of my mentors, Suzan Fairchild, lent me a bit of wisdom that I’ve returned to again and again in my career: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” I think those of us in the arts are conditioned to be apologetic about voicing our desires. And hey, it’s understandable – we know there are so many people out there hoping to achieve the same goals as we are. But beyond, the obvious: if you don’t express what you want, how can others know how they might be able to help you – voicing your desires is your opportunity to share the vision of what it is you are creating. Creation, like passion, is infectious. And we have all achieved success due to the help we’ve received from others along the way. Ask for help, and receive it with gratitude and appreciation – not only for the gift received, but also the gift offered in allowing others to participate in your creation.
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 am a writer, director, and producer who has forged a rather unorthodox career throughout all aspects of the arts. I’ve created art. I’ve researched and written about other artists. I’ve been paid to address and correct the validity and value of the work of other artists. And through that, I’ve learned that art is always subjective. With that has come the powerful realization that the only job you, as an artist, has is to be true to yourself and to your voice. You can’t create for what you think other people want. You can’t create for what you suppose is the current market for art. These aspects of ‘the biz’ are not your business. Your job as an artist is to express your truth and to continually move on to the next expression of your next artistic idea. When you do that you are in touch with the spirit of inspiration that moves through you and through all people. Not quantifying your creation puts you in the place of creating that which is actually most universally resonant, and that which will be most openly received.
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.
Palos Verdes is, to me, the hidden gem of Los Angeles. Tucked away from the hustle of Los Angeles, the peninsula is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the west coastal line. I love hosting friends, not only from out of state, but from the city of L.A. proper, as the experience of PV is universally one of surprise and wonder. Hidden beaches, hiking trials along the oceans, and world class dining and ambiance at the Terranea Resort are just some of the unexpected treasures I love sharing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As an artist, I think there comes a point in your career where you realize not only the help of a mentor, but the influence a mentor has had in shaping your outlook, your values and perhaps even your personal aesthetics and tastes. Stephen Mother (www.stephenmosher.com) is in every way an artist. A photographer, a film maker, a fitness guru, an author, an art collector – he has taught me, through friendship and by example, that the nature of the true artist is one of reinvention. An artist must always grow – must always find new outlets for art to be expressed and new perspectives on what art itself means as we move through different stages of our lives.