We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaudon Markyll and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaudon, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is like seizing opportunities, even when you don’t know where they’ll lead. Networking plays a big role in an artist’s path and in order to grow you have to able to reach out a little for your work to be seen. People you meet along this path can turnout to be a client, a collaborator, or even someone who just wants to support and help spread your work. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to show what you have to offer.
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.
My photography has become one of my main crafts as an artist. This is where I get to project my visions and put a little more cash in my pocket. I really got to explore photography a little bit my senior year of high school. It was my elective for the year and somewhere within a couple of months my teacher decided to put me in her AP class. I got to experience a UIL contest which earned me my school letterman that I’ve only worn once in the passed 3 years, and also gave me a chance to broaden my sense of reach by getting the opportunity to show my work to more people. Once I got into college I got myself a camera and made some more friends in a new town. I found myself doing small jobs here and there which were kind of the only times I really used my camera. As I started taking photo classes at UNT I realized I can do more than just capture moments, I can create them as well. For projects, I always went for my friends as subjects and would think about settings and themes. The more I went about this process of creating photos, the more it started to feel like still productions. From casting models, scouting locations, styling, down to props and lighting. It all finds its way together in a single frame. It isn’t always easy, but patience has really had an affect on my process. I find myself getting a little anxious before shoots, but once I begin shooting and start to take it all in I’m suddenly surprised with what’s being captured. Which has sort of been the fuel that has allowed me to keep working with others and creating for myself.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I want to thank God for the strength and the vision to pursue an artistic career with so many people connecting to my work and assisting me on my creative endeavors. Next, my parents for supporting me and not trying to steer my course into a more ordinary career path. I want to thank my best friend Giovannie Huerta for believing in my abilities and rooting for me before anyone else got the chance to see what I’m capable of. Lastly, I want to shoutout Over Magazine for being such a cool support system for myself and other artists in the DFW area and elsewhere.
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