We had the good fortune of connecting with Cory Nixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cory, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to pursue a creative career. When I was younger I wanted to be an actor. However, I never wanted to be typecast. The characters that I did see I didn’t relate to and often existed only to supply comedic relief. I didn’t see people like myself playing the roles I would have wanted to play. I grew out of wanting to act and into creating my own stories. I wanted to control the narrative and being behind the camera allows me to do that. If you want something done right, I guess you have to do it yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work discusses and challenges concepts of race, sexuality, and feminism. I take these issues and drop them in situations that are current while also maintaining a neutral stance. My goal is to get the viewer to walk away and question the way they think about certain topics. One project at a time is how I got to where I am today. My brand is all about love but reaching that through self-reflection.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start by having pie and coffee in LA at House of Pies (It’s my favorite diner). We would then start by taking a road trip to the desert. Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Palm Springs. Honestly, my ideal itinerary would be going to mom and pop diners, swimming in rivers and lakes, scenic hikes (with waterfalls), and stargazing all while Galaxie 500 and Lil Uzi Vert scored the trip. I recently found out I’m a nature dude.
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?
James Baldwin, David Lynch, Marlon Riggs, and Spike Lee are all men I admire. Their works are all inspirational and resonate with me. Also, I love Clifford Prince King’s work. He is an amazing photographer and artist. His subjects, colors, and depth are all so rich and definitely provoke thought.
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