We had the good fortune of connecting with Phillip Suarez-Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phillip, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I ask myself the reason why I chose creativity to be a priority in my career endeavors I find myself in positions of extremes, I often ask myself this question during times of extreme highs of happiness or lows during inspirational or financial droughts. Like the seasons changing, the question changes as well. The negative voice in my head asks “Why would you choose a career that is deemed so “unessential?” while the positive voice reassures me with “What life is worth living if it lacks creativity and joy?”, I have become a master of balancing these perspectives to propel me closer to my goals. Being an artist is more than being a painter or illustrator, The act of creating a career from art is more about creative drive than the medium used to produce artwork. During times when I cannot make money off art, I will find ways to make art with the work that currently makes me money. This is less appealing but necessary to survive through times of creative drought.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My name is Phillip Suarez-Hamilton, I am a Fitness instructor, Artist and Performer. I was born in Oklahoma City, and spent my life moving around the world. My Mother served 21 years in the US Airforce and my Father taught MMA, Self Defense and Jujitsu to people on and off the Military Base. In addition he served for many years as a spiritual leader in the communities we traveled to. I am currently living in Los Angeles CA pursuing my dream to spread art, love and creativity. I am, half Swiss, half Mexican, and a Transgender man. I have overcome many obstacles in realizing and becoming my truest self. My art is a direct reflection of my journey through the lens of my lived experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite places to visit in my city are the beaches and parks. I am a firm believer in community spaces and facilities. I love Los Angeles Libraries and bus systems so I would probably plan a fun bus route that tours some key city landmarks in union station, China Town and and DTLA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Much Thanks to the LGBT center in Los Angeles and Long Beach, for serving as a much needed landing point for me to establish myself in the city and access resources to set me up for success early on in my journey. Thanks to all creatives who continue to pave the way for a inclusive and meaningful future in our community.
My art developed between 2018-2020