We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Coulombe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want my art to be my legacy. I know that that might sound a bit cheesy…but the truth is I’d love to be the kind of artist that students learn about it in school. I want to be the kind of artist that inspires other artists; to create new ideas, to never give up when things are not going the way they want with their art. That’s what I want my legacy to be; and, that is what I want people to remember about me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Oh I am not sure I know what specifically sets me apart from other artists. I guess that I just try to put all of myself into what I create, albeit movies, scripts, or my photography; you can believe that I go into each project always being true to myself. I think that comes across my work. Even from a young age, I have believed in diversity with my characters and stories. I have always felt there was a place for characters different from myself – because deep down we are all human and experience emotions the same way.
I fell into film actually. I walked off my job at the age of 30 because I was unhappy with where my life was going. I actually fell into photography as well at the age of 45…during the pandemic. I had bought a camera in January of 2020 because I was traveling so much for work in 2019 and wanted to take better photos. When the pandemic hit, I got antsy staying at home – so I would venture out, safely, with my camera and take lots of landscape photos…eventually doing photoshoots and editorials. Within a year I had done two sponsored photoshoots [with Fila Tennis and Friar Tux] and have since been in 4 magazines – and on the cover of 2 of those!
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 this is such an interesting question. There is so much to do in Los Angeles, I will tell you this, we do have the best weather, so wherever I take them, we’d have to sit outside. Maybe watch the sunset up in Malibu at Duke’s restaurant OR even better, at El Matador Beach. I did a photoshoot there and the sun sets there, with the big rock formations, is truly stunning.
But there are also so many other things to see. Once you get all the normal touristy stuff out of the way, there are just so many hidden gems in this city. Descanso Gardens, The Arboretum, even the zoo. Plus who would not want to go hiking on our beautiful trails in Griffith Park and Malibu Canyon!
Quick! Someone come visit so I can plan your vacation!
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 need to shout out to my manager Matt Chassin who took a chance on me when no one else would. I also want to thank my friend Candice, who pushed me to become a photographer and never let me once doubt myself when I was first starting out. I also want to thank my writing partner and friend Brantley Brown, who allows me to bounce ideas off of him, day or night, and who gives me feedback on each piece of art I create.
I also need to thank Victor Miller [who wrote the original Friday the 13th] he was a great writing mentor, as well as my friend Eric Guilmette, model and actor, who has helped guide me with my photography when I was first starting out – and always pushes me to continue to do better with each photoshoot or editorial.
@CandiceCallins in the BLM photo @krystalenoir in the horror photo @mrkylethomas in the photo ‘reaching for heaven’ All photos taken by @michaelcoulombe for @pics.by.michael