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.

 

Your Name

Kat Contreras

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Photographer

 

#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?

Photography portfolio

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#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.

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#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

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#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?

Modern steel

 

#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.

 

Kat's website

Kat on Twitter