We had the good fortune of connecting with Martell Harding and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martell, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
By the end of my career, I’d like to be sitting somewhere on an island with a few hundred million dollars in my bank account. Maybe a billion, who knows? Truthfully, it’s difficult to sum up exactly where I’d like to be, I feel like I’m on a unique path. For the last 10 years, I’ve been evolving as an artist, and it’s taken me in several different directions. Some willed to me through the law of attraction, some blessed to me unexpectedly. The ladder of which has given me the most impressive results. Professionally, I’m still on the mission to solidify myself as a music video director, which is all about timing and luck. But I’m in heavily pursuing the mission, no doubt. I like to think that by the time I’m done here on earth, I would have painted a ridiculously large mural on the side of a building, produced an animated series, create a video game, and have directed a big budget show/film. That’s the current bucket list, in no particular order.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently, I’m working on a short series called Token Boy; a story about a Black competitive gamer. I’ll be producing and directing the pilot in 2021, with the intention of getting it onto a streaming platform. These things take time, but I’ve been building the right team over the years and working on my craft as a director. No doubt this will be my most challenging push artistically and professionally, although one I’m sure will be worth the effort. Be on the lookout 2022!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Firstly, shoutout to Howlin’ Rays, they always hook it up. We’d probably go there as soon as the plane landed. Well, we’d have to drive-by Randy’s Donuts first since it’s closer to LAX. Then we’d hit any of the many beautiful beaches, maybe Huntington or Malibu. If they’re down for a ride, we could even go to Laguna, stopping at In-N-Out on the way. Once upon a time, before Covid-19, we would bar hop in K-Town every night of the weekend until we’re ready to end the night at Perch or some other rooftop bar downtown. I like to stay productive during the week, but how about lunch in a different city everyday? We could go to Sugarfish for sushi. Possibly Dulan’s in Hyde Park for soulfood, or maybe Pinks if you like hot dogs. You really can’t go wrong with Howlin’ Rays in Chinatown. The beauty of LA is that it’s all here.
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?
There’s so many people who have been pivotal to my evolution so I hope I don’t forget anyone important, but here it goes. Huge shoutout to Frantzy Moreau, Di Soca Twins, James Brunt, Anthony Dayo, Nessie Blaze, laneocinco, FancyBaby, DrifterShapeShifter, Shaquin Albrow, Christian Clark, Christopher Sutton, Jona Ward, Streetlights, Stacey D’Angelo, Chelle Worthy, Donovan Briggans, Marcus Briggans, donnie l. betts, Christopher Irarrazabal, Alfie Rodriguez, Sara Barnett, DHOC, Carlos Monterrey, Jawad Qadir, Noel Henry, Rob Reyes, Laphale Black, IE Tran, Aeryana Earl, and the entire Tripp Family. If you’re a reader, these books were major to me : The 50th Law by Robert Greene & 50 Cent, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and F–k Your Feelings by Ryan Munsey. Also big shout out to all of my brothers and my cousins, you know who you are, I love you all.