Today we’d like to introduce you to Luis Rodriguez.
Luis, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a first-generation Mexican/American born in Mexico San Luis Potosi. With the blessing to have been raised in the USA. This is my story that I want to share with the world with the goal to inspire others like me or those who can relate. I have always been into anything that allows me to be creative. Anywhere from music, drawing, to writing. Currently, my main outlets of creativity are photography and videography. These specific two have always been on my list of things I liked.
Early on I started shooting videos of myself playing soccer. Anywhere from just doing tricks, trick shots and just messing around honestly. This was in the early stages before I actually decided to pursue what I do now. That later led to wanting to make short films, skits, basically anything that I would imagine I would want to create. Keep In mind this was just a hobby I never looked at it serious at the time. I did this all throughout high school. Once I graduated in 2017 I took a break from creating due to trying to figure what I was going to do in life. I was a very good student in high school however I knew I didn’t want to go to college. I felt like it wasn’t for me for the sole purpose of not knowing what it was I wanted to do.
So I took a year off thinking I will go back to school once I get situated. During that year it was quite of an eye-opener. I worked for a remodeling company 9-5 pretty much every day of the week and at the beginning it was cool. I would make my money and I felt like I was growing up. However, there came a point where it started to get heavy on me. This was the point in time where a lot of questioning started to happen. I realized that this can’t be it I needed to look for a better opportunity. So after a year of working there, I decided to quit to pursue a career in the healthcare field as an EMT. There I was thinking I’m going to become an EMT and help save lives. Life was gonna be great I felt like this was my calling. However, the universe had other plans for me. Due to paperwork issues, I wasn’t able to get into the program at the time I was told I would have to wait another 6 months to enter. I was disappointed I came to the conclusion I will just find a job and work till the time comes.
That same day after getting home I had received news about a program called The CINEMA Project at Georgia State. The CINEMA Project is a transformative workforce development initiative that will train and provide new opportunities to 18-24-year-olds who are disconnected from work and/or education to obtain entry-level jobs in Information Communications Technology (ICT) fields (e,g, digital media production, film/TV production). Now that I look back at it I feel like it was meant to be. Here came along this new program that reconnected me with my creative side again. I applied and got accepted.
Here I was introduced to so many amazing people in the industry. As well I a lot of really inspiring individuals. I learned the creative side and as well the technical/business side. There are so many things that go into it that I had I no idea existed it blew my mind. I am very thankful for the program as well as the people I met. One to point out Taharka Sankara Program Director for CINEMA at Georgia State University. Thank you to him for believing in me and my skills which pushed me to be where I am today. I went into the program not really knowing what I wanted to pursue in media. From learning animation to editing, to coding. It was a process and eventually, I found my area of interest. All that I learned I can bring into what I do today to better my craft.
After graduating I landed an internship with the company Blossom. Which is a lifestyle and media network elevating the voices of women of color through storytelling. Where I help edit content for their social. Aside from that, I started to record my first gigs. I’ve shot a non-profit video for United Way Of Greater Atlanta. As well I’ve shot for the Bronze Lens Film Festival. I have also been able to shoot for music events like Sounds Of Good Medicine Jazz Concert with Artist Kenny Lattimore, Dave Koz, Aubrey Logan and many more talented Musicians/Artists.
Another big opportunity I have had is to shoot for artists such as Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion and Stunna 4 Vegas. I really enjoy shooting music events. However, I love to be able to try a lot of different things for example. I shoot for a South Atlanta Car meet Called Wheel Wednesday. Like I said I love to try a lot of different things and be creative wherever I can be. I Don’t ever want to limit myself. That is pretty much how I’ve gotten to where I am today. Looking back at it now it’s crazy to see what I’ve done so far. I know I have a long way to go but this being my first year of taking it seriously and starting my brand One Eye Visuals. I have accomplished some pretty great things.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. It isn’t easy it’s not supposed to be. I know what I want to pursue is hard because there are so many talented people out there wanting to do the same. It’s important to find what makes you different what makes you stand out from the rest. That itself has been a struggle trying to develop my style. I know that as long as I keep working on my craft I will get better than I was the day before.
Creativity is like a muscle you gotta exercise it. Of course, the financial part comes into play having to work a job to be able to support your true passion. That’s how it is and I’m fine with that. I’ve had the blessing to come from an immigrant household that has shown me the importance of working hard. I know what it’s like to not have anything that’s why I’m not scared to risk it. That’s the only way to get where I want to be I have to put in the work and risk it. I just want be a role model to others who can identify with me and be able to show them that it’s possible you just gotta believe in it, believe in yourself and put in the work! Trust the what Forget the when!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with One Eye Visuals – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My brand is known as One Eye Visuals. My main outlets of creativity are photography and videography. As well I edit all my projects. Currently based in Atlanta, GA. I have shot for many different events. Such as Film festivals, Concerts, Non-profits, Memorials. I do photography but I am mostly known for video but I do have both in my arsenal. I would say my most recent job where I was able to shoot for artists such as DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Stunna 4 Vegas I am very proud of.
This is a milestone for me I am very proud of this because it just being my first year of launching my brand I was able to shoot for some the biggest artist of this year it being their break out year. Also, the recognition of others that support my work is something that I hold very close to me. To have been guest on the Katch UP, a Piyo podcast sharing my story to being shared on the VoyageATL has made it a year to remember. I am very grateful and proud for all the support. What sets me apart from others I say is being able to adapt to any situation and make the best out of it. I don’t seem to get stuck when things go a different direction, especially that’s how it is in this industry things always change.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Possibly my brand known as One Eye Visuals may change. It will be going through changes possibly a new name. However, I plan on expanding and creating a team of local creatives to work with. To me, that is very important to build a community. I can’t do everything by myself. I want to grow and help others grow I know that others may be better at recording or taking pictures or editing so it’s just about finding those individuals and building a solid team. I just plan on working way harder than I did this year and expanding my skill sets, meeting new people, and building real relationships.
- Website: https://oneeyevisuals17.wixsite.com/mysite
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneeyevisuals_/?hl=en
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