Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, I introduce you to Kat Contreras – friend & ex-student of mine, whose star is rising, and I could not be happier for this immensely talented photographer.
#1 What is your primary job title?
#2 Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by successful women entrepreneurs, modern art museums and street art.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
Pay attention and not get lost.
#4 Share a life lesson you learned?
Like fear, people can smell and detect confidence.
#5 Favorite period of history?
I’m fascinated by the late 70s and 80s.
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
#7 Describe your personal style.
Simple yet different, colorful. I love pulling from the old and making it subtley new.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
DSLR, macbook pro, thunderbolt monitor, Wacom and the creative cloud.
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
I found a creative way to make work like play.
#10 What's your super power?
Patience, I like to take my time.
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
Creamy, spreads better.
#12 What makes you happy?
Being financially compensated for my art.
#13 What do you do to relax?
I love to play video games
#14 Your place of birth?
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
Basquiate, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Baldersari, Avedon, Martha Cooper, Cathie Opie and Vivian Maier to name a few. I’m a huge fan of the pop art movement, street graffift of the late 70s/80s
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
A few years back I was really excited to land an internship to a very popular publication, I was so excited afterwards that I ran right into a glass door and hit my head pretty hard.
#17 Color of the car you drive?
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Color grading motion/film.
#19 How do you get your news?
LA/NY times, Washington Post but mostly NPR.
#20 Advice to other creatives?
Be passionate and deliberate about your work. Someone is paying attention.