We had the good fortune of connecting with Hugo Salvadore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hugo, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risks are basically just forks in the road. One path might look easier than the other but you still have to choose one. In my experience, the tougher of the two paths pay off a little better tho! Risks have always been a big part of my personality. I was kind of a trouble maker as a kid constantly getting into trouble but I always did things for the fun of it! I grew up skateboarding right on the borderline of LA/OC county in the mid to late 90’s right in the middle of skate and graffiti culture and that came with tons of risk! seems pretty hectic looking back now but every time I’ve taken a leap of faith it’s led me to the next adventure!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
oh man, what an intense question! I’m is mostly known for my graphic design and video/animation work and the thing I really like about my body of work is that it never stays in the same place for long in terms of style. Sometimes it can be more play-full and graphic and other times it can be serious and more photo-like which is what I’ve been exploring more lately. I’m also constantly mixing mediums and now I’m starting to explore a more musical approach as well. I’ve always been musical and being multi-faceted comes in clutch because sometimes I even through some music or beats I made into my videos and animations haha. I think what sets me apart from others is my diversity. I’m able to connect the dots in an interesting way. I could talk shop with almost anyone because My curiosity is my greatest asset. Plus my profession requires me to learn about all sorts of these in order to communicate effectively to an audience or demographic. I’m really happy with the project I’ve had the privilege of working on but what I’m most excited about is exploring my musical side more and incorporating my graphic and visual design skills in that space as well! Light Shows, Music videos, stuff like that! the journey hasn’t always been easy, there was a lot of doubt I’ve had to push through and still am to this day both internal and external, but each day I try and take the next step in the direction of my dreams. I’ve had a lot of help tho and I’m super grateful to be surrounded by really creative and hungry people. In retrospect, I believe that’s what really fires me up. I’ve always tried to hang out with the cream of the crop. I thrive in crowds that make me feel like I need to Level up! Challenges are inevitable but there is something fun about them. Like a puzzle in a Zelda game. I’ve never been the type to back down. even if it takes a while I try to hang in there as long as I can. I can’t tell you how many close calls I’ve had in my life and each time I’ve gotten by it feels like I’ve cheated death or something. lol there this saying I like “you can’t teach what you haven’t learned” and that’s so true. lol someone can tell you about their experience but you’ll never know until you try. I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned so far in my career. just suck it up and go for it. even if you stumble the first time it’ll get better. you will get better. that’s just how it goes. What do I want the world to know about me??? I feel like I’m in 8mile right now haha. “this might be the only opportunity that I got!” haha just playing. Hmm… I’d say… I do it for the fun of it; I live for the here and now. I’ve lost many people in my life and I’ve learned to have peace. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but today?… today We play, create, and unite. My message is pretty simple. “Si Se Puede” yes you can! never forget you have to power to improve any situation. just put in the work and make anything and everything count. Patients and long-suffering are the Keys. Also, lean on each other. One Love
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.
Oh, man! let’s see. a week off unlimited budget? first things first, pick the homie up at LAX and quickly route to the Famous King Taco in LA grab some tacos then drive down to the coast. that’s what would want to do anyway. there are so many things to see and do out here its hard to decide but we’d definitely check out the art district to see all the murals out here in LA; probably hit up blue bottle for a coffee then zoom to Fairfax and hit the LACMA then Grove. While we’re there maybe go to the Hollywood sign too! oh, we also would go check out the Golf store! Los Angeles is pretty big and one of my favorite ways to get around is the Metrolink so we’d definitely take the metro into downtown and see the Staple Center then hit up the grammy musem. also, my old school FIDM is around there too so I’d want to show that off too. after all that we can go get some empanadas at the Farmer’s market. We can’t forget to check out all the best skate parks out here and eat an elote (street corn on the cob) in echo park. and let’s say this is before Covid wed definitely go to a show! I miss shows so much! Nightlife is so magical out here especially driving down the freeway at night. Feel like the Dark Kight himself zooming down the 5 at 2 am! I can go on and on, but just know we wouldn’t run out of things to do! there are dozens of places I want to share with all my friends! I’d definitely show you the works!
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?
Definitely got to shout out my mom. also got to mention my cousin Carlos G. for putting me on at such a young age, he was definitely a big role model to me. shout to Dr. JBP his books have really help me in a lot of areas in my life. last but not least want to send love to my favorite Teachers growing up, the homie Danny, Jay, the homie E.P., RD Artist Supplies, and so many more. I wouldn’t be here without the Fam.