We had the good fortune of connecting with Reggie Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reggie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For someone that’s creative, it’s difficult to maintain a job where there’s no creativity involved. I didn’t want to get stuck as a laborer somewhere. There’s nothing wrong with being a hard worker, but if I didn’t pursue my artistic aspirations, I’d imagine I’d be pretty depressed.
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.
I really like vibrant colors, you can see that in my work. I try to tell a story in a single image. My art usually portrays urban culture of hip hop music or dance. You can also find a lot of character art and designs. These characters are usually martial artists or supernatural beings that go through a hero’s journey. Triumphant stories always uplift my spirits! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of logos for other businesses or cover art for musicians. But what I’m most excited about now is the personal project I’m working on. I’m developing a comic book that one day may turn into an animated series.
The most success I’ve had in my professional career came from the relationships I’ve developed with my peers and clients. Through these connections I’ve had multiple opportunities to create and work with a team on a company project or get consistent freelance work. A successful project may attract the eyes of a writer or director who may contact me. Even a happy client can bring in more opportunities through word of mouth or even return for another project.
I wouldn’t say it was easy, it’s a lot of trial and error. But consistency and always having a positive outlook on things got me through. Be calm and always be kind, you never know who you may be talking to, could be someone that can get you that next big project that you always wanted to be apart of. An important lesson I learned is that sometimes you have to take a step back, walk away from the project for a bit and let your mind rest. I would do this whenever I would have a creative block or stressed about something going on in my personal life. Taking a step back to clear your mind and relax can push you further than if you were to try and muscle your way through a project.
My brand is about uplifting people. Telling triumphant stories is important to me because life can get rough but through art and storytelling, it can possibly change the mind of someone to not let the hardship hold you down, that you have the power and the strength to get to the next level, sometimes we just need a little reminder!
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.
I really don’t go out much or have a lot of friends! I just have a hand-full of friends that are like minded and we would go hiking or do something outdoors in nature. It’s good to get out and away from the computer screen, get some sun! But I do like Kenneth Hahn Park! It’s so beautiful there and the energy is so calming, I’d definitely recommend that place for a hike or a picnic. I don’t eat out much, I like to cook my own food. The most fun and interesting people are the creative ones! Also, people that express good will are the people I’m most attracted to! I’ll be doing a lot more exploring though, it’s a goal of mine to discover new places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents, no doubt about it. They’ve been telling me for years that this is what I’m meant to do. I’ve been blessed with talents and they saw that before I did! When I look back, they were absolutely right. Art came so naturally for me that I took it for granted. My parents get a huge shoutout!
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