"Ask yourself what you want to become"
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“Someone said to me to take a deep breath before you react to notes, suggestions or anything that doesn’t immediately chime with your vision. The annoying thing is, maybe the person with the suggestion is correct, in which case you need to put your ego aside. And if not, thinking of a way to respond provides clarity to that vision in your own mind. That’s been great advice.”
What advice would you give to budding video directors just starting out?
“Constantly ask yourself what you actually want to make. It’s very easy to get swept up in trends or go where the money is to compete with our contemporaries. I’ve had moments like that, but I’ve taken breaks, focused on some personal projects that didn’t have any real monetary prospects and remembered what sort of filmmaker I am trying to become. Some people make a lot of money following trends and making big music videos and commercials, which is perfectly valid, but that doesn’t suit a lot of filmmakers, and they end up feeling jaded and hollow. Ask yourself what you want to become.”
What artist(s) would you like to work with in the future?
“I want to do some more experimental stuff, perhaps metal also. I’ve pitched on a lot of pop videos in my time and will continue to do so — you can make some great stuff in that sphere, and that’s where the money is, really, but I want to follow my own tastes a bit more alongside that. I’d love to make something for an artist like Lingua Ignota, The Body or Full of Hell.”