Today we’d like to introduce you to Axel Arzola.
Axel, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. I always loved movies growing up, so when I was a teenager I started making little films and learning all about cameras, photography, editing etc. I was acting in plays since I was 4 but started directing when I was 16 years old. I always wanted to come to America, and in 2011 I had the chance to go to a film festival in Quebec. I took this opportunity to come to America as a Cuban refugee, and my life changed since then. My wife and I lived in Tennessee for several years where I went to film school at Lee University.
I have directed several short films, feature documentaries, music videos and commercials. In 2017 I moved to Atlanta to get closer to big film and TV productions and have been working on several projects since.
My goal is to grow my production company and make amazing TV shows and movies that inspire and entertain people.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a filmmaker. I love telling stories that inspire other people to be their best, but also love to make fun projects that make you laugh and have a good time. I’m currently working on a feature length documentary called Literary Ink, about 4 tattoo artists and their craft, life story etc. I have a couple of short films in post-production and I’m developing several feature films.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think that we all have rough moments in our career, but it is all part of the process to become better. My advice would be to start to think about a business application for your art as soon as possible. If you really hate business then find someone who likes and partner with them.
I believe that business enables artist be more creative and stay active longer. You either have to become a strong entrepreneur or you need to partner up. I think nobody in the creative real likes to mess with numbers and money, but the reality is that the sooner you dominate your business game the better you set yourself up for success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/axelarzola
- Website: www.redaxemedia.com
- Phone: 423-303-8868
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/axelarzola
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/heyaxelarzola
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/axelarzola
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/user/axelarzola