We had the good fortune of connecting with Priscilla Chavez Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Priscilla, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by many things, color, nature, and travel. I’d say my main sources of inspiration are music and film. Not only are they sources of inspiration but they’ve acted like friends or companions in my life. They’ve been my best friends since I learned what music and movies were. The depth of inspiration I gain from those two are vast. It goes much deeper than just loving the way a song sounds, or what kind of picture a movie can paint. I dive into researching everyone who worked on whatever it is that I’m inspired by. I end up learning so much useful information. If you’re ever having a frustrating day, watch a documentary about a person who inspires you. I can’t promise that it’ll make you feel happier, but I bet you’ll experience some kind of connection and your entire being will have just absorbed cool, useful information.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Photography has been a part of my life since I was a child. My parents enjoyed shooting photos, so there was always a camera around. I started out shooting photos of my family and friends. When I moved to LA in my 20’s I started to shoot live music. It was a great way to meet people in a new city and to make band connections. I would try and shoot as many shows I could get. I stuck with that for years. I think it was a really great way to sharpen my photography skills. You never know what the lighting will be like in the venue. There’s a good chance that it’s going to be bad lighting or none at all. You really have to work with what you’re given. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve shot many shows with beautiful lighting and or great set design. In those cases I am always grateful and I feel well prepared. At some point I began to become more interested in creative portraiture. It wasn’t until I started working directly with musicians and other artists that I experienced the joy of collaboration. Collaborating with others is very fun for me and important. I think it makes me better as a creative and a human. I’m continuously learning from others.
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.
My favorite thing to do in LA and pretty much anywhere in the world, is going to museums. Any museum in LA is a good time. One of my favorites is LACMA, I love that place! In addition to having great exhibits they have a restaurant and bar to enjoy. If you want to spend more time outside, visit The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. The rose garden and Japanese Gardens are my favorite parts of The Huntington Library. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been fortunate in that there have been many people in my life who have been active supporters in what I do and make. They are all so important to me and I’m very thankful for them. I would say that my husband, Kellii Scott, is my biggest supporter. I have nothing but love and gratitude for him. Kellii is an inspiration and a mood. My gratitude towards his support and love for me is infinite. He has supported me in every way possible when it comes to my work. He’s 100% supportive to me as partner and person. Kellii is also a hugely talented drummer/musician. His approach to what he does as a drummer is something to take notes from. His approach to how he lives life and treats others is something to take notes from. He’s the most honest person I know and honesty is EVERYTHING. He’s a true gem of a human.
All photos by Priscilla C. Scott