We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikey Camarda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikey, how do you think about risk?
I think risk is necessary. This life can be so simple and we tend to overcomplicate things. If you like something or want something, go get it. Just figure what you need to do and keep things moving forward. Prior to starting a project or before uploading online, I will ask myself “what do I have to lose?” and the answer is always nothing. I can only gain from this because I am just following the vision and seeing where it takes me. I’m not supposed to be the one that says “oh, this will be so good” or “I know this will gain more likes,” it’s not my job to be that person. I usually follow this method all throughout life as well. It’s been beneficial because I only felt like I can gain from these decisions that are being made. Even if it doesn’t work out how I thought it would, I always use that as an opportunity to find the next path.
Risks have helped me to continue to share the vision with others and allow me the opportunity to be part of special projects with other people.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe each artist is different in their own way. I suppose, the vision may be different and just how I perceive the subject. I’m most proud of all my past accomplishments and the people I’ve met along the way and I’m excited to see where it can continue to take me. This is something that takes a lot of time and can be very fluid. I’ve learned how important patience is for this field and you must let it come to you no matter how long it takes. This was certainly difficult because it could be easy to complete a project day after day, but we know the good art doesn’t work like that and the process is always changing since each day is different. I want the world to know that the vision is as raw as it can be and it allows me to stay true to myself and the work I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d definitely take them to Malibu! I’m a person that loves going to the beach and hiking, so I’d take them to get lobster rolls in Malibu. If it’s a week, I’d have to show them Beverly Hills and take them to some nice restaurants, Hollywood area to show them Hollywood Blvd and Runyon, West hollywood to show them some of the art there and food places, and to finish off I would take them to Venice and Santa Monica. Those places are amazing at night! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the people in my life. From friends to family, they have been there throughout the ups and downs and I am forever grateful for their continued support throughout this journey. Also, I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me for amazing art projects and an amazing employer. Art and business have taught me a lot about myself and how to move forward in the journey. I look forward to sharing all my future experiences with the people that were there for me when I needed them most.