We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Marq and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, why did you pursue a creative career?
Freedom. The freedom to fully LIVE and FEEL. To learn more about myself on a daily basis. To make “Dreaming” full time… and most importantly, to inspire. Growing up, the most memorable moments were the feelings I would get when watching a certain performance in a film, or hearing a specific part of a song playing on the radio. I was too young to know what I was watching or the band playing, but these specific moments would put me in a zone where I would daydream about it constantly. From the scene in “Pulp Fiction” of Marvin getting shot in the face to the chorus in Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, following that “feeling” has brought me to creating.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My stories always start with a sound. Whether it be from music or from the street. Lucky for me, living on Hollywood Boulevard has blessed me with sounds 24/7… non-stop… it’s fantastic… anyways, it kick starts the writing process. My films lean more towards the experimental versus abstract. I haven’t exactly pin pointed what “my thing” is just yet, because there are so many narratives to explore. The evolution of filmmaking, over the past decade, has introduced me to so many unique styles and techniques that it would be a sin to stick to a “set way” of telling a story.
I picked up guitar back in July of 2019 and have been playing obsessively ever since. My passion for music is strong, but always felt that I missed the boat and that it was too late to start. But with a spark of curiosity, and $200 that I didn’t have, I finally made it happen . I am striving to drop my first EP this July which would be the two year mark. A goal I set the day I played my very first chord.
There has been an overwhelming amount of challenges up to this point and they continue to flood in on the daily… As with everyone else I’m sure. But it’s the yellow brick road for me. It reassures that I’m on the right track. After a while, you learn to get good at overcoming them.
The biggest lesson I learned is that there is no “right way”, only my way. Once that registered, it simplified everything and eliminated the noise.
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’m a big coffee guy. Coffee is life, my guy… I love Commissary and Blue Bottle here on Fairfax/ Melrose-ish. I frequent both on the daily. So, if i ever go missing, chances are I am there.
Food wise, other than every pizza spot in town, I really enjoy Son of Gunn on Beverly, Little Doms in Los Feliz, and Crossroads on Melrose even though I am not Vegan. But I have too many friends that are, so yeah… My fellow carnivores know the deal.
Hang out spots top favorites are Lost Property over in Hollywood – shout out to my brothers Edder, Rhino, Mike, and Tanner. As well as Melrose Umbrella Co./Umbrella Taco with Chef Sam Hoke and Chef Juan Catalan Moreno running the show – running the block I should say! All legends in my book.
This would be the itinerary options for all my fellow visitors.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Esther Pidal for being my partner in crime in this wicked journey, and for consistently supporting everything I do as well as trusting my vision. To Maria Proios, over at Maria Proios Photography for being one of the most dedicated and consistent artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with. She is an inspiration and force to be reckoned with. To Michael Petted for introducing me to this musical journey I didn’t expect to go on. Along with teaching me to break the shackles within myself and be a “Motherf***er” on the stage. Also to Steve Whelan and Troy Price over at Relentless Filmworks for blessing me with countless opportunities to work on-camera.
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