I met Andi a few months ago while shooting "Taking Back Tuesday," a club night run by Emo Night LA. She was introduced to me along with a whole bunch of friends that I'm sure you'll meet at some point in this series' existence.
On the actual first night of meeting her, we ended up hanging out after I was done photographing, and we got some Mexican food and chilled at her place for a few. I got to learn more about her and realized she was hella cool.
Yeah, I said "hella."
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and she asked if I'm down to take some photos of her where she said:
I'm down to do it as an almost editorial shoot, as if you were interviewing me. aside from that, throw in a couple of solid close ups, headshot-esque, fashion-esque... I'd be entirely thrilled.
I figured this might as well be a good excuse to do another 5 questions. Once the photo taking was finished, we grabbed a drink and sat down at 82, where we had an alcohol-laced interview about the writer turned actor. So here goes!
G: You dabble in both acting and writing. How many screenplays have you written?
A: I currently have four or so scripts in development. I completed my first one when I was 18, which has never seen the light of day because I didn't want it to. I just needed to get that one, completed, 110 page screenplay under my belt. But at the moment, I’ve been working on the first script that will officially make it on to a screen, entitled "Katharsis." My team and I are in the earliest stages of pre-production right now, just recently established the project's production company, Fourth Take Films, LLC. I dig slice-of-life films, but my personal favorite is "Rift". It's a pretty big budget dystopian, sci-fi [screenplay], a lot of fun to write - "Hunger Games" meets "Death Proof" meets "28 Days Later." I'm really stoked about it, but I'm not rushing it because it IS such a big budget project. So, I have this slice-of-life film, "Katharsis" first. Then I'll follow it up with a thriller I've been working on called "Bishop," then I'd like to follow that up with "Rift."
I honestly don't remember exactly when I met Maggie.
I was living in San Francisco and working for the San Francisco Weekly at the time. Either she commented on a number of my Instagram posts, or vice versa, but we had a great rapport on the Internet, I figure we eventually try this real-life friendship thing.
Luckily she didn't kill me (don't go meet strangers from the Internet, kids) and we really hit it off. I got to know her on a very personal level, beyond Instagram comments and randomly finding each other at Dolores Park.
We've been there for each other during tough times and when we questioned our own self worth. She's always been someone you couldn't tie down, and has a great explorative spirit but no matter how far she was, she always was there if I needed someone to talk to.
And now I'm talking to her in front of all of you.
G: I keep doing this, and mentioned what you're currently known as, above, which is a wanderer and how you always have to travel. Most recently your latest trip was to China. What’s one of the most breathtaking place you been to?
M: China was super amazing. Mostly because of the food. The monuments were beautiful of course and the Great Wall was incredible but the food was really the cultural experience I had been hoping for. I remember I went out to eat and the menu was of course unreadable to me and so I pointed at a few dishes that were really cheap. Maybe like 3 yuan which is less than $1 US dollar. I remember sitting waiting for my food and being brought a mountain of dumplings and squid. It was truly breathtaking.
So I'm starting a new series that plays off my "crowd surfing" work I do for Myspace. Basically I'll be asking people who I interact with, some questions that lets you get into their head, and I'll be pairing that along with a fun portrait I've taken of them.
So first off I'll introduce you to my friend Flip Cassidy. He's a photographer from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles California. You can find his work here. I met Flip in the mid-00s through random friends of mine. He was more of a background player in my life before I moved to San Francisco. Since I've come back to Southern California, he's been a bit more active and we've gotten to know each other and work together on a number of occasions.
He's been a great running buddy when it comes to photography, and more recently, he, myself and Calvin Alagot have started meshing well, and I kinda dubbed us as "3 Flips Photography," with Calvin and I being Filipino, and Flip being named Flip. In any case, here's my entry with Mr. Cassidy.
G: So I basically told the world above that you're a photographer. But how did you get into it?
F: I started by making absurd short films with my friends Chris and Jeff in high school. I was into shooting and editing video for a good several years before I clicked with the idea of still photography. I can mark the day - July 24, 2004. (A) day out on a desert road trip with my first point-and-shoot when i realized I really had something there. That's the day I became a photographer.