We had the good fortune of connecting with Immanuel Baldwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Immanuel, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
It’s that inner voice, that feeling when you write or the thud of your heart when you walk on a set. I think as long as you keep having those feelings when you touch something you’re passionate about those are the signs and direction to keep going. Life will always interject itself wherever it can its important to have that feeling towards something that will center you, something that will push you for your family and the life you want to create for them as well.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve built my brand by standing out finding a niche among content and filling it with something unique and that at the time stood out from the competitors. For example music videos, instead of doing the samething that has always been done, rapper/ artist standing in front of a bunch of cars with a bunch of chicks – instead tell a story maybe about how the artist got to that position. Everything doesn’t need to be flashy. I made a living when I first started by doing music videos with cinematic design and story driven plots which always raises your production value. Production Value is the same translated through all mediums. Whether your shooting a photo or putting paint to canvas. Value and difference!
I am most proud of being able to pivot creatively. To be able to see what a story could represent cross platform. I got to where I am today by working a lot and jumping on literally opportunity that I could. It wasn’t easy at all. For a while I missed out on a lot of family events, birthdays, graduations and the like. This same people that contracted or brought me on to their projects have been the same creatives that I’ve worked with over and over for the last couple of years. Those bridges built then were some of the monumental ones needed to carry a career, eventually I was in the right spot and the right time.
I create direct yet conceptual artwork that has been described as provocative and visceral. I aim to offer design and creative direction to brands, stories and people.
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?
We would def get an early workout in and then head to Javista for coffee and morning knowledge. Eventually we’d make our way to the groove because you can take care of multiple cravings all at once and then I would probably finish up the day either at the beach or getting Korean BBQ in Koreatown.
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?
I believe that God has given my my purpose and that he steers my path! So my faith and action through faith has been a huge tool in my creative journey.
My wife, Emily Baldwin who owns and created her own line of woman clothing called “Beautifully Layered” She has been a huge influence in my recent success. Helping me to filter my thoughts and focus my energy on the things I should be focusing on. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have this rejuvenated sense of passion for the work that I do.
My mom, Vanessa Baldwin was crucial in the beginning stages always pushing me to do what I wanted to do and not what everyone said you should be doing. But she always took the time to appreciate my artwork.
I see my brother Josh as a mentor to me in ways of training, discipline and structure.
And of course my brother from another mother Chris Love who I’ve been working with for ages now who I’ve always been able to create with without boundaries.