Pinoy Artist On Forbes Asia's '30 Under 30' List Only Has 1K Followers On IG
In a world where Instagram is the new Linkedin—for some industries at least—many young artists often feel pressured to grow their following apart from improving their craft. And while the socmed platform has definitely helped a lot of artists gain exposure and find job opportunities, the downside is some begin to measure their worth as young professionals on the number of likes and followers they get.
Recently, Davao-based visual artist and filmmaker Breech Asher Harani, along with four other Filipinos, landed Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 list. While doing research on the impressive individuals and the work that got them recognized, we found Harani's IG account and were quite surprised to see that the accomplished artist has a pretty modest following at a little over a thousand. A fact we honestly found all the more inspiring.
Sure, a dedicated fanbase can definitely help, but there are many paths to success, and you can always forge your own. While having talent is obviously necessary, there's also networking, joining contests, collaborating with other artists, or sending out your portfolio to patrons and different companies.
In an interview with Candy, Harani talks about his creative process, and his advice to young creatives who want to pursue a professional career in the arts.
Candy: Could you tell us about your creative process and how you approach a project from inception?
Breech Asher Harani: All my projects start forming before I sleep at night. I have a habit of imagining things before sleeping so when I wake up in the morning, I write them down, look for visual inspirations until I start making them.
When I feel like I can do it alone, I do pre-prod, production and post-prod all by myself. But if I have other technical stuff that I can't perform, I collaborate with artist friends abroad. Collaboration is more fun.
C: What's the best way to get inspired that isn't dependent on finding pegs?
BAH: For me the best way to get inspired is to not find inspiration at all. When you pressure yourself to get inspiration, most of the time you will never find it. Usually, what I do is just relax, erase all the worries, and suddenly one simple thing that I see or hear around me could be an inspiration.
C: What's the most effective way for you to keep learning and improving on your craft outside of classes and workshops?
BAH: When I go to different places, the first thing I do is to observe and talk to people, strangers or acquaintances. The expressions, the mannerisms, the color choices, and their philosophies in life are for me the best way to improve myself and my craft. I don't know what it is about conversations, but they help me go across boundaries and that really helped me find new concepts and ideas for my artworks.
C: Are there any emerging communities for artists that newbies can join?
BAH: There are actually a lot of communities out there. Though I can't name them one by one but the unfortunate thing is most of them are exclusive. I'm a part of 5 artists communities but it's a close group so it's hard to infiltrate for others. The reality is, the world love exclusivity, it kinda makes people feel valid.
C: Best advice you've ever received that helped you with your career that isn't about/directly relate to art.
BAH: "If you are afraid to jump, then that's exactly the time you jump."
C: What’s your advice to fresh grad creatives who want to pursue their craft professionally, especially in the time of COVID-19?
BAH: My advice for them: There is no absolute way of doing things. In life, in art, our approaches in achieving our goals differ. The important thing is, they find their own voice, their own style or their own secret recipe to success. Nowadays, even if we are isolated in our homes, it's never an excuse to not be creative. The internet connects us all, use it as an advantage.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.