We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunny Malin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sunny, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose art because I feel like it’s one of the few practices or cultures that doesn’t exactly have rules. Then it has the characteristic of anti-rule being it’s only rule. This makes it less surprising that great artists commonly become power figures in arenas outside of their main practice or those who think creatively often time excel in their own line of work no matter how mundane it may be.
In a nutshell, I think all movement starts in thought so I look to influence creative thinking. Art, in any form, I find to be the instrument that the mind uses to enhance thought. The mind has to first identify the object, try to categorize it, form an opinion on it, make it personal, deal with the emotions of it etc. I think the more the mind goes through that process, the faster it learns how to learn faster.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’d like the world to know that there’s so much to do and so much on the way. I’m learning to just stay focused and keep the big picture in mind always. Anything I’ve been learning is just reinforcing that, keeping the bigger picture in mind. It definitely wasn’t easy but I’ve also learned that no matter the situation I’ve always been my biggest hurdle and even then, the only way I get through that is by referring to the bigger picture and remembering the bigger purpose at hand.
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.
As far as food goes, Beauty & Essex, Flaco, certain food trucks, Highlight Room and Eveleigh, As far as hanging out, any beach typically works. There’s a lot to choose from, I typically go to either Santa Monica or Malibu. So the week would be a typical wake-up, breakfast at Solar de Cahuenga then the beach and then dinner at a selection of views and experiences.
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?
Ethan F. Summers. He’s probably the friend who has challenged me to think and focus the most out of anyone I’ve meet let alone grow to know.