We had the good fortune of connecting with Kylie Hazzard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kylie, how do you think about risk?
In my experience, the biggest risks I’ve taken have been the most rewarding decisions I’ve made in terms of changing the course of my life and career – risk taking is absolutely essential for growth. If you don’t risk stepping out of your comfort zone, you will remain comfortably stagnant. I took my first big leap of faith at age 18, moving from Wisconsin to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking, and have now built a life where every day is spent creating. Just over a year ago, I took another big leap of faith in choosing to leave a secure, full-time job with a renowned lens manufacturer in order to return to freelancing. In the 9-5 model, I was waiting for the weekend to pursue my true passions, but now I get to professionally create all the time and feel much more fulfilled by my work. This choice has allowed me to bring music into my professional roster alongside filmmaking. Risk taking is an every day practice, whether it is something simple like trying an out-of-the-box approach to solving a creative problem, or making a major life-altering decision. An artistic career is not possible without a healthy relationship with risk taking and a willingness to adapt.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve had a camera in my hand since age 10 and not put it down. Since then I’ve been freelancing as a photographer, cinematographer, and throughout the camera department, started playing bass in a band, and branched into editing, producing, designing, and music composing. Persistence and adaptability are key for freelancers of any kind. Creativity has a snowball effect which produces more creativity; new skills and breakthroughs literally rewire your brain. You can learn something about your art from cooking, or vice versa – it all connects. Camera operating is a very physical skill, which is improved by fitness and well-being. Music is also a physical skill which requires focused practice and muscle memory. Both of these skills help improve one another. Your collective sum of experiences make you who you are, and bringing all these various disciplines into the arena allows for a more holistic product, regardless of the medium. Music and filmmaking have a very unique overlap and I find this is where I thrive. While I currently work in a variety of creative disciplines, combining them is where I feel most at home. My personal fascination with both auditory and visual rhythm and their translation to an emotional experience is what I aim to explore with my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bagels from Maury’s in Silver Lake are the best way to start the day, add a cold brew and you’re really ready to go. A hike at iconic filming location Vasquez Rocks is essential when visiting Los Angeles. If you crave a closer hike, Elysian Park and Griffith Park offer some gorgeous views and a nice escape. Browsing the extensive book selection at Stories in Echo Park while sipping tea is a great way to spend an afternoon. Sunday mornings at the Hollywood Farmers Market cannot be missed. If you’re looking for the best burrito in Los Angeles, it can be found at the Taco Zone food truck in Echo Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are far too many people to list, but I am grateful to everyone I’ve collaborated with, as every experience is one to be learned from. A few particular individuals stand out in helping me reach milestones, namely Michael Cioni, Sean Bagley, Antonio Riestra, and Cameron Black. These people all gave me a chance when they didn’t have to and enabled me to advance in ways I wouldn’t have expected. Each of these individuals are remarkably talented and well-rounded creators who are masters within their own domain, and I strive to do the same.
Other: Band: https://www.thenaturalsupernatural.com/
Nikki Neumann, Heinz Kobernik, Elio Yañez, Gerson Leiva, Matt McClaren, Willie Toledo