We had the good fortune of connecting with cedric Ih and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi cedric, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I am an artist, I have been all my life, from creating puppet shows when I was a child to directing short films being older. Now it’s really hard to live from your art, unfortunately it is not considered as a job, but a hobby, but this is who I am. So the purpose is to find a way to switch my life from working all the time to survive, to doing what I love in order to live.
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 began as a graphic designer, but very quickly I understood that i wasn’t me. I have been working in the advertising business for more than a decade and there is a huge gap between art and selling something that nobody needs. The hardest for me was to accept that a client has expectations that can not complete my artistic vision, so I was working crazy hours, for decent money but with no personal reward. I couldn’t care less that the client was selling more of his product when my vision was not respected. I know it can sound childish, unexpected maybe, the client should be happy and that’s all that counts right ? But not for me, what I have to say can not go with filter, otherwise I would not be an artist. Now for a while the money was the best part, it allowed me to travel, go out with friends, party, and for some people it might work, but not for me. That’s why I left commercials and became a french teacher, I don’t have to worry about being artistically frustrated anymore and I do my own art on the side when I have time now.
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.
Well I always tell my friends I will take them to the classics for half a day, but let’s be honest there is nothing less interesting than the Hollywood sign or the stars on Hollywood boulevard. I will bring them to a flea market, Los Feliz, Silverlake, then a food market like Smorgasburg in DTLA, ride to the desert and hit some golf balls in the sunset, walk to Angel’s point in Elyseum park, eat at Ave 26 in Lincoln heights, have tacos in one of those vendors on Sunset ave, take them to the art district, the observatory in Monterey park, go for a hike in the mountains, drive to Big Bear and Palm Springs and of course enjoy the view at night on Mulholland drive.
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?
First of all my parents who have always been there all of my life as a great support, they always wanted the best for me and have done a great job helping me to get where I am today. My sister also has been an amazing friend, she was always supportive of my art and I am very lucky and grateful for that. Of course my friends, I have amazing friends who always push me or listen to me in my struggles and being surrounded is necessary in hard times.