Johnny Salib’s Taste In Being An Artist

  
Johnny Salib is an award winning actor, composer and theatre creator. He is also an artistic director for Sisyphean Productions known as a theatre company and runs a company called Queerdeer Media. Johnny appeared in some films/television roles and stage performance as well but very much into theatre production & music. I had the pleasure to interview Johnny Salib about his taste of music and being a true artist.

Carolyn: When did you first found your passion in being an artist?

JS: When I was younger I was really interested in writing and creating. I enjoyed manipulating words and creating pieces that would evoke emotions, whether it be for myself or for an audience. I started singing when I was around 9, writing music when I was around 13, and writing plays when I was around 20. So each step of my artistry was inspired at different times.

Carolyn: Can you describe how manipulate words are being used?

JS: Manipulating words to me would be making sure that sentences had a certain flow to them that’s smooth. More specifically to music. You have to fit a certain amount of syllables to a line and need to make sure that if you rhyme lyrics that the rhymes make sense and aren’t rhymes just for the sake of rhyming if that makes sense. I think manipulation is also using the right words. Some words are much more effective at conveying certain thoughts and you have to have to be very specific to make sure you’re giving off the right message with your work. For example, saying someone is unhappy versus distraught. They mean completely different things, but are often used as synonyms.

Carolyn: Amazing! I know you are multi-talented artist so which talents do you enjoy doing? IE: Singing, directing etc?

JS: Good question. I ask myself that every day. I’m fascinated with most art forms and have tried to dabble with as many as I can. I’d say the most common forms I use are music composition (incorporating voice, instrumentation and sound design) and theatre creation (including playwriting, directing and acting). I used to draw and paint a lot when I was younger though, but that sort of subsided when I went to college.

Carolyn: So you have some props for stage? 

JS: I don’t normally design props because I go about theatre in a simplistic manner, using as little as possible to allow the audiences imagination to do the work. Sometimes if a piece is bigger I hire on a designer to help me with that work.

Carolyn: Oh I understand. I was just reading your bio about your work, you must like Harry Potter and you got to play as Harry Potter. What was that like?
  

JS: Funny enough, at the time I never read a single Harry Potter book. I also have only seen the last two movies, so it’s really funny I was put into that role. Regardless, it was really interesting to me. I enjoyed the experience playing Harry Potter, especially because the story was a staple to so many around me. It was also exciting to me to dive into such a well known character without knowing anything and discovering his issues on my own without the influence of pop culture, media or my surroundings.

Carolyn: Can you tell me about best scene you ever played? How do you feel about that?

JS: Given the fact that it was a farce musical, I’d have to say the introduction of characters was the best I played. It’s hard to capture an audience’s attention and when doing this farce specifically comedic timing and character authenticity was important. I think I landed the character strongly, making sure to keep his serious characteristics while remaining goofy and comedic.

Carolyn: Absolutely! Have you ever played on television or film?

JS: For short films, I commonly get casted as serious characters who are dealing with abuse or breakups, I’ve done a few stunt heavy-non speaking roles and a number of LGBT related films where I’m either gay or bisexual. More recently I’ve started doing comedy in short films as well, apparently I can be funny? As for TV Operas, CBC used to have a night-time segment that featured operas such as Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fluude” which I was part of.

Carolyn: Wow. Do you like doing stunts?

JS: I love doing stunts! I actually would love to do more. As soon as I have the time, I’m going to go back to school to get higher certifications for them!

Carolyn: Is it like doing stunts like Fear Factor show? Or are there any certain kind of stunt you would like doing?

JS: I personally like more of the “combat” stunts. ie. being punched and kicked. I really love getting the crap kicked out of me.

Carolyn: Interesting. I know you are a singer, what are your favourite lyrics?

JS: Favourite lyrics that aren’t mine: “Waking up is knowing who you really are.” – Amy Lee of Evanescence. Favourite lyrics of mine: “It’s not that I love you, it’s that I want to be loved by someone like you.”

Carolyn: What would you want people to know about you if interested in becoming an artist?

JS: I’d definitely encourage artists to make their own path, specifically if you are a creator. Don’t wait for someone to hand you a job, make the job. I’ve been independent for years and love it. Yes, there is a higher risk, especially financially, but it’s worth it. You have all the control, you make your schedules, and you get to choose who you work with.
 

 Carolyn: That is a phenomenal advice for others and I would like to
thank you for your time to have an interview with me. 

Find Johnny Salib on Twitter at @_JSMusic and if you are interested in knowing more about him please visit his website at http://www.johnnysalib.com

By: Carolyn Bulsink

All About An Artist’s Richard Blunt

Hey Fellas,

Richard Blunt talks about how his life was like when he was growing up and into the music life until he was in mid twenties. He kept pushing and pushing to find the right career path for himself. Finally, he found the love and the passion of his art and painting then he realizes the art is what he ever wanted to.

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Here is my interview with Richard Blunt:

You left school to pursue in art and music, Which one of those would you prefer be doing?

I loved both art and music when I was growing up but I think music was more exciting to be involved in when I was younger. The idea of being stuck in a studio on my own all day when I was 18 didn’t really appeal as much as the madness of being in a band with friends. But in my mid twenties art and painting became more appealing. I got a lot of the partying and craziness out if my system early on so now I would much prefer to be painting.

Between art and music, when did you realize you had to rediscover the career path?

I put everything I had into music and trying to find a career in music but it was hard work trying to make any money and I was already coming to the end of the line and getting really fed up. I was struggling with writers block and couldn’t seem to write any new songs. I hadn’t done any art for years but I decided to have a go at oil painting as a bit of a creative outlet. I instantly fell in love with the painting and it wasn’t long before it became all I wanted to do. I was also out of work at the time and was struggling to get a job so I thought I would have a go at trying to sell some of my art to help pay the bills. So far I’ve been really lucky and the decision has payed off.

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How do you feel when you started drawing certain arts?

This is going to sound a bit trite or cheesy but I kind of felt like I was supposed to be making art. I felt like I had spent years doing the wrong thing and that I had finally found what I was meant to be doing.

Have you ever acted in a film?

No, I haven’t but I would like to.

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According to your site, I really love how you add so much passion and love in those pictures, What do you define these pictures?

I always find it hard to define my work but it’s nearly always inspired by my own experiences. I’m predominantly a painter who tries to tell a story. Over the last few years my work has gone from having quite a lonely feel to the more recent, romantic theme. I got married around the same time I started this series so that has no doubt helped inspire the changes in my work. This most recent series is also a continuing story and many of the paintings are linked to each other in some way.

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What do you see yourself in10 years?

I’d hope that I would be an artist who can still make a living from his art who can take care of his happy and healthy family really. I have always been very ambitious though so I will always strive to push further and do better. The more people that find some sort of enjoyment in my art the better. But the ultimate ambition would be to do at least one painting that would be good enough to make it into a national gallery/collection and stand the test of time

What are your favourite artist/ or music?

My list of music would be way too long… But some of my favourite artists are, Atkinson Grimshaw, Caravaggio, John William Waterhouse, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jeremy Mann, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeremy Geddes and Vermeer to name a hand full.

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8) If there is a famous artist, who would you like to work with?

That’s a hard one as a painter but if i’d been alive at the time it would have to be Andy Warhol. I think he would have been such a creative inspiration. His involvement in pop culture and the way he bought music, film and art together would have been great to be part of. Warhol was also a master at marketing his work.

What advice would you suggest anyone who wants to be an artist?

The best advice I can give is to just go for it and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do anything. When I left school I let a career adviser who said I’d “never make a living as an artist” talk me out of going to study fine art. It was ten years later before I finally decided to try.

Thank you Richard for taking your time to converse and interview with me.

By: Carolyn Bulsink