We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Coulombe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what do you want your legacy to be?
As I have gotten older the biggest thing I have wanted to be known for is my art. I would love my art to be my legacy. I would love to be the kind of artist that students learn about in school.
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 would like to think that what sets me apart from others in my work is that I always try to stay true to myself. I also want to tell stories that others are afraid to tell – because there are some stories that need to be told! We live in a big world, made smaller by social media and the internet. The world is diverse and unique. When I write a film or direct a movie I try to keep that mantra in mind. I carried that over when I started doing photography. There is so much beauty in the mundane. Something as simple as a rock or a tree is a gift from our Higher Power – so I photograph it, to capture it, and immortalize it. That works with people as well! We are all the same in how different we are. I love that I can work with other artists who capture the beauty of the world in such a completely unique way in which I do. I love that I live a new day every day and always meet someone new and that their perspective on the world can inspire me! How lucky are we as humans to have that gift? I think I am most proud that I have never wavered in who I am. It is never easy to be an artist. There are always wolves around us ready to attack. It is difficult to be vulnerable, when you are so ever scrutinized. I think it is okay to own the pain of defeat because that pain is real. It should never define you as an artist, though. The idea is to use that pain in your art; use it as a way to motivate you on the path to success. I have learned that by celebrating all of the smaller successes I have along the way. We all have an end goal I believe when it comes to being an artist. But true growth comes from the challenges on the path. By the way, I truly believe that is the main fundamental of life – to learn and grow while on this journey. So if there is anything I want the world to know about me, is that I wake up every day with the intent to motivate and inspire those around me. I understand that I may not always succeed but I am comforted by knowing that I will always try.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
So I love traveling, ever since I was a young kid, I dreamed of traveling to far off exotic locations. [And now that I am older, I am blessed that my art has taken me around the world.] When I have friends or family come into town I take them to the usual spots – Hollywood Boulevard or a Studio Tour. I am filmmaker after all – so we have to celebrate that. Also, one of my favorite spots in the area is the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant that sits right on the runway of the Van Nuys airport. That may be random, I know. But during the summer, I love to go for happy hour and watch the sunset as the planes land and take off in front of us. I also think everyone needs to visit Venice Beach. It is just so artsy in so many ways, in my opinion. Not sure if this makes sense to anyone except me, but I feel Venice Beach epitomizes the city of Los Angeles, because everyone is drawn to this particular beach – you see the diversity of the people in this city – all of the artists as well and so there is something fun about walking the Venice boardwalk!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Victor Miller, 3 time Emmy winner for Daytime television, and writer of the original Friday the 13th [the largest horror franchise of all time] has been a mentor to me and one of my biggest champions when I first started in the industry. In a lot of ways he helped me guide me as a writer and I am forever grateful to him for that.
Other: Photography portfolio: https://michaelcoulombe.com/photography/ Travel Blog: travels.michaelcoulombe.com Photography Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pics.by.michael/ Podcast: www.MimosasWithMichael.com