We had the good fortune of connecting with Caleb Arend and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caleb, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
In order to be an artist you have to be painfully and beautifully aware. The way a child is aware of everything. You see all the beautiful, little details that nobody else will notice. You feel the discomfort and tension. When I go to film a wedding, often times I never provide any direction to the couple, and I just capture exactly what I am seeing from my own, unique perspective. When I allow myself to feel the moment, there is so much inspiration that I am able to draw from my own awareness of the experience. In my writing and directing, I utilize those same tools. Being absolutely aware and feeling everything is the only way I can create.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self-taught filmmaker. So I have never felt the need to get a degree in film or any other field. The last 6 years in my craft has been filled with taking opportunities, jumping outside of my comfort zone, and There has been many challenges along the way that have been big set-backs. Specifically one this last year, where I was working for a company doing marketing with media. I really enjoyed the people I worked with, but when CEO’s and business-minded people work with an artist, there is always a HUGE lack of understanding on both sides. Artists like me enjoy pouring heart and soul into projects, so when your work (or even effort) is devalued, it is a big discouragement. So the last year has been a process of taking ownership, and learning where I am meant to be.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For eating, I would take them to Tajima Izakaya in Clairemont, to Pedro’s Tacos in Fallbrook (best taco shop ever). Then we would go catch a film; my favorite movie theater of all time is Regal Cinemas in Escondido. I grew up going to this theater, so every time I go it is a really nostalgic experience for me. (Fingers crossed they don’t shut down!) I also love wine tasting, so that would definitely be on the list!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife is, by far, the biggest encourager to me. She is always pushing me to do the things I love. I am always inspired by her, and I garner so much inspiration from our relationship and the life we lead together.
Other: Vimeo: https://vimeo.