We had the good fortune of connecting with Genesis Lugo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genesis, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think what helped me grow successful was putting more of my stories out there. I have recently decided to start publishing my own stories. I usually just posted snippets or illustrations alluding to a grand epic story I wanted to tell. I was then taught to tell short stories by my Professor for my Senior Short Film class. In that class I learned the power of telling smaller stories. That class forced me to take stories I had and make them shorter and more approachable to me. By cutting back on the complexity of projects and simplifying, I was able to put my voice out there. I was able to create a short film, We Are Gods, where I was able to talk about my experience of coming of age surrounded with a supportive friend group. I was able to publish my comic story, Bodies Out of Tune, and make it a limited series where it tells the story of two boys who fell in love in their orchestra class. This project has grown to be multimedia with a music video to accompany the story. Which, I didn’t see as possible task done, but because I simplified I was able to complete. This has led me to practice telling stories to others and improve as a storyteller. This put me out in the world as someone whose voice wanted to be heard.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is mostly focused on story. I aspire to work as a Storyboard Artist in the industry. I’m excited as I’m applying everywhere and sharing my stories everywhere. I’m also excited for the final chapter of my current current comic of my Out of Tune Bodies series. I think what got me where I am is being confident in myself and my projects. I overcame many challenges I think most recent one is putting emotional stories out there. I felt low confidence in portraying sadness and darker things in my stories. I felt very embarrassed to pitch sad moments of my stories in class. I think I realized no one really cares or overthinks things like I do. So, I became less embarrassed to be vulnerable in my stories.
What I want the world to know about my brand and story is that I’m Mexican American and that it’s important to share our voices. We need more diversity and be less embarrassed to share ourselves out there.
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.
The thing about COVID is that many of my favorite spots have changed. I try to go to places less crowded. I recently became a trail walker. My favorite spots to take breaks and walk in nature are this secret beach I found. It’s very isolated and barely has people in it. I like to walk around and be able take of my mask and breathe in the ocean air. There’s a lot of interesting sea creatures like little sandpipers run along the sand. Another favorite spot of mine is any McDonalds and get McDonalds breakfast. I really enjoy a McMuffin.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my friend group who have been supportive in my storytelling. My friends are @book_bass, georgyfang, and jelly.jean. They are always there for me as I throw myself completely into these projects. They are super supportive the whole way and help me create my stories.
Other: My comic book series: https://gumroad.com/hengenlugo