We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Looking back on the experience of fathering and civilizing a child. I think the most important thing I did was take every opportunity to teach my son how to learn, how to solve problems and how to get by without me. That’s not to say that I was not close at hand ready to assist if he got in a jam. But I always gave him a chance to succeed on his own. I’m still there for him. But I know that when the day comes that I’m gone, he will be alright.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a Photographer/Actor/Writer there is a lot of cross pollination between the disciplines I practice. My writing tends to be more visual, my Photography more Narrative, my acting more gestural and action based. What sets me apart as a photographer is that my attention is not merely on the opening of the shutter. I’m concerned with meta experience which begins with a first talk with the client and a sharing of ideas and aesthetics, and continues through creation of an inspiration/style board, selection of clothing, arrival at the studio, creation of images, discussion of the experience and finally sharing/editing and, if necessary, putting finishing touches on final choices. The Client is also the collaborator. I cannot impose my vision of the client, nor does the client possess the requisite objectivity to achieve that vision. Together we can get the the truth and beauty of the client’s image.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whenever I think of Los Angeles, the images that come to mind are of Downtown LA. The heart of the sprawling megalopolis whos true name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula. I think of Olvera Street, Union Station, Santee Alley and Chinatown. My mind wanders through the Arts District, The Brewery and Little Tokyo. The sights and smells of the Wholesale vegetable market, the Flower Market, and the Pinata walk all take up residence in my imagination. And I never, ever forget the anguish of Skid Row.
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’d like to give a shoutout to the amazing team at Boheme Yoga LA in Downtown Los Angeles – 731 S Spring St #600, Los Angeles, CA 90014. While working under the tutelage to the amazing teachers at Boheme Yoga I have received a new lease on my physical and artistic lives.
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