We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been a visual person. I learn better visually, and absorb information better. I have always been into art. From sketching and drawing as a kid, to wanting to be an animator as a kid. From there I really got into culinary arts. I pursued a degree in culinary arts after I got out of the US Army. I still love to cook, just not professionally. I have always loved film and cinematography. So, now i”m about 5 months away from graduating with a bachelors in cinematography. I’ve tried other types of work, but they weren’t for me. We spend a third of our lives working and another third of it sleeping. I don’t want to be happy for just a third of my time, I want to be happy with my career too.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I really enjoy working with lights on set. I’m studying to be a cinematographer, and something that I feel sets me apart is that as I’ve worked and. learned about being on set, is that I have a love for being. gaffer. I’m starting to feel that I’d really like to pursue that as a career choice. There’s no Oscar or anything for that job, but I love to watch a scene. come to life as we strike up the. lights and get them set. Things I’ve learned is that it’s better to take the two seconds to take a breath and do something right.
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.
Being that I’m a chef, The Grand Central Market is an amazing spot to go get food. the secret to eating there is to go with a group of friends. Have everyone spilt up and order food from a different spot, then we all get back together and share a little from all the plates. I also really enjoy the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Theres amazing art there, and almost every time I go there, I find a piece of art that inspires a short story. The other cool thing. about. LACMA is that they are. close to the La Brea Tar Pits and the new Academy Museum. From there it’s a short walk to The Original. Farmers Market. I also like hiking around the Hollywood sign and The Old LA Zoo.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My grandfather is my hero. He’s been my biggest inspiration in life. He’s always believed in me and that I could accomplish what I put my mind too, He was a WWII veteran and one of the reasons i served. He was also into cinema. I loved going to his house and watching old classics with him. We would watch movies like Stagecoach, Casablanca, King Kong, and the other Universal Monster movies. While we would watch movies I could ask him anything about. life and he always had an answer. I’ve always said that if I could. be half the man. he was, I’d still be a good man.