We had the good fortune of connecting with Hector Quintero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hector, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In Pursue of the Arts I think an artistic career suits me because it allows me to express myself. I wouldn’t say that my pursue of the arts is a career since I hardly make any money from it, but I would say that it is a way of life. The most difficult part for me is making the transition from hobby to career. I don’t have any experience in marketing or promoting, so I’m going in blind when it comes to those avenues. I have tons of experience crafting songs, mostly my style of music. One other aspect of a creative career is the networking that is necessary in order for my work to reach a bigger audience. In fact, its one of the most communitarian careers there is. I enjoy learning and talking to others about their ideas and their art. Thats kinda where the magic is – in the dialogue. I’m not terribly good at networking, but I try. The rhythm of the workflow is another comfort I’ve discovered. There’s no deadlines per-say, but there are goals. They keep me motivated throughout the months that it usually takes me to finish my projects. I appreciate the independence and the potential for growth. I thought about being a professor of philosophy at one point. It sounds like a good fit for me. However, I became discouraged over time. The scheduling looked so rigid and fixed. Every career has its pros and cons. I’m learning the cons of the creative career, things like burning out, writers block, little to no money..etc. I don’t regret giving up my schooling. In some ways, I always think that I’ll come back to it after I have drained my creative flow. I chose a career in the arts because there’s freedom of expression, the dialogue between artists, and gradual development of mastery.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art ranges from music to digital art. When it comes to music, I have a fuzzy and warm sound. It’s filled with electric guitars and dreamy synths. My digital art is colorful and geometric. It involves an assemblage of shapes that I make with vectors. I also write, but I usually don’t think that it’s up to par with my music production and digital art skills, so I don’t promote it much. I think what I am most proud of is receiving recognition from SD Voyager and a piece I sold at an art sale. It feels like a real profession when I’m asked about my work. As for the art sale, well that was an event that the San Diego Art Institute hosted called C-Note. I submitted my work and sold it for 300 dollars. I decided to donate half of it to SDAI for supporting the arts. The way I got here today was through a slow process of creating enough pieces that somehow stood out amongst the ocean of information that is social media. I wouldn’t say that it was easy, but neither was it hard. It feels natural to share my work, to contribute to culture. The business side of it, however, is where most of the challenge is. One of the lessons I have learned along the way is creating a budget. Setting aside some money that is strictly for music goes a long way. What I want the world to know about my brand is that it’s all about arts. It promotes artistry, self-reflection, civil disobedience, philosophy and so on.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
One of my favorite spots in San Diego is Balboa Park. Walking around gives you a real sense of the past and of its culture. The architecture takes you back to another time. I think that is what is most important about landmarks like that. Anyways, we would begin in the morning in the Japanese Friendship Garden with some ice coffee. We would then walk around a visit some of the museums. After that, we would hang out at Sunset Cliffs to enjoy the water hit the rocks and watch the sunset. Lastly, we might head down to Soda Bar to catch a local band play and share a few shots as the night comes over us. Those are some of my favorite places to go to. They just really capture San Diego for me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think a group of people that deserve a shoutout are diy musicians that continue to make meaningful music with minimal budgets. The culture of self-producing musicians sharing their music on the internet is encouraging. Reddit communities like r/bedroompop allow musicians from different backgrounds to provide feedback to one another. It may be minimal in how much activity surrounds the sub, but I think the few connections one makes can really help the momentum of creativity. Eventually, these musicians may become local acts that capture the local culture and continue to encourage other musicians in the scene and a far.
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