Podcast: Roger Ballen on how to thrive as an artist

by • 24. August, 2016 • All, Culture, FeaturedComments (0)4555

podcast with photographer roger ballen for dry magazine

Hi there and welcome to this new series of podcasts. My name is Carl-Emil Storm Gabrielsen and I’m the founder of Dry Magazine. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with something creative. This is my passion, and I would never want to do anything else. However, the creative industry is a tough place to be.

Almost every time I meet someone who’s young and creative, they seem kind of frustrated. Frustrated with the amount of unpaid work, endless internships and being offered “exposure” and “experience” instead of money. Frustrated with how to gain attention on their work in a very competitive and flooded social media landscape. Frustrated with the amount of pretenders, seemingly doing creative work only for the sake of being cool. And last but not least, frustrated with the uncertainty of being able to pay back student loans from increasingly more expensive educations.

So in this new podcast series I’m going to speak to accomplished individuals in the arts and the creative industry and ask them the questions everybody’s thinking. How did they start getting a bit of success, how do they keep their motivation and inspiration, how do they make a living off of what they do, and what should we expect of the creative industry as a whole.

Listen to the first episode in iTunes through this link.

In this first episode of the podcast, my guest is the internationally renowned photographer Roger Ballen. Roger has published several books and his work is included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He gained increasingly more public attention when he directed the music video for ”I FINK U FREEKY” by the controversial electro hip-hop duo Die Antwoord which has been viewed 80 million times on Youtube.

Roger and I cover issues such as the importance of having a secondary profession, knowing the history of the field you are working within, the existential process of creating art, why he doesn’t work with inspiration, but instead discipline, commitment, passion and focus, why you shouldn’t look at art as a business and how his success never has gotten to his head.

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