We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Wakin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danielle, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I feel the way I answer this question has changed so much over time. When I was much younger I would be very rigid about putting my art over everything else. It would affect my relationships and isolate me from people I cared about. It was a selfish mindset. I am all for being self-focused but it makes you stale in excess. As I get older I realize how bad your work is when you’re not experiencing life. I used to think if I just would grind every day making new work I would somehow get really “good”. Then all my work started to be the same thing over and over. Just regurgitating itself, you know the type. As soon as this starts to happen I know it’s time to take a long break from working. Inevitably if you focus on other aspects of your life you’ll be reinvented. I know that sounds romanticized but it’s where I find balance. I am by no means a balanced person. I am a film projectionist full time and try my hardest to find time to make art. No secret in that though, if you care you will. But, it’s in those breaks from art where I find my inspiration. Then I am hooking up my gear to a CRT at 1 am or my face is glued to my notes app jotting a scene I wrote. Balance is not a goal, it’s a state of nurturing all the things that bring you gratitude. So sometimes you say f*ck it to your practice and take some time for experiences. Other times you bail on everything for weeks to finish a script.

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 film/video artist. My practice is mostly analog 16mm/video. My work has drawn inspiration from out-of-body experiences, ancient texts, mythologies, and psychedelia. My work starts as a series of experiments and later, I find the thread that pulls them together. I usually work in the abstract but recently I have been writing a narrative film. I’m actually quite excited about it because it started as these abstract music videos and evolved. I am trying to not say too much about because it is in it’s early stages. Aside from my own person practice, I do music video commissions, which is challenging and super inspiring! I am very much about it being a collaborative process and if interested please reach out. I also started to sell video/film still prints online. I also currently work as a 35mm projectionist and occationally teach Videographics at CalArts.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Little Tokyo for the food and shops. I am a huge fan of arcades so Family Arcade/RoundOne/Buttonmash. I think any of the small local theaters like Braindead, Aero Theatre, or New Beverly. Museum of Jarrasic Technology and Coaxial Arts Foundation are nice hidden gems as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ll dedicate this to my person and collaborator Brian Porter.

Website: https://vimeo.com/dwakin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.wakin/

Other: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/chromeblood/

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