What first sparked your interest in real-time 3D?
My interest in real-time stems from a desire to contribute to these burgeoning mediums at a time in which the aesthetics and boundaries are still actively being defined. We are in the wild west of XR. How these spaces function, how they impact the world, and who is represented within them are critical to developing an equitable culture within new media.
What prompted you to move into real-time 3D?
My background is in performance, sound design, and dance. I have always been interested in theatre works as complete works of art – a way to describe an idea in its entirety. Real-time, in that sense, has become an extension of this process for me and is a tool that I’m exploring to further performance, storytelling, sound design, etc., in an effort to elevate theatre as a mode of describing and processing my experience in the world.
How did you network, find communities, and make the connections needed to succeed?
I found community through seeking and valuing mentorship, practicing self-study and cross-disciplinary exploration, fostering collaboration as often as I could manage, and by learning from and respecting the folks that I worked with. “Success” is a subjective term and, for me, has everything to do with participating in a collective and engaging with community. Curiosity has been the most powerful tool in navigating connections, in my experience.
What inspires you to create?
Knowing in my body that life is a beautiful experience, that justice is possible, and that art is a powerful and important means to understand this world and our position in it. I am also deeply inspired by many young, upcoming creatives, including my nieces and nephews.
“It is through creative expression that I make sense of my experiences, that I try to understand the experiences of others, and how I come to terms with the sharp and smooth edges of being alive.”
What inspires me most is the complexity of lived experience. It is through creative expression that I make sense of my experiences, that I try to understand the experiences of others, and how I come to terms with the sharp and smooth edges of being alive, in general. From this angle, I am never short on inspiration.
What motivates you when you’re stuck in a creative rut?
Though it may sound counter-intuitive, when I hit a creative block, I rest.
Do you have a favorite quote that helps you stay motivated?
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire” – which is a Charles Bukowski quote, an artist I don’t particularly care for. But, I really like how this paints an image of resilience.
What are you most excited about for the future?
I’m really looking forward to our release of Gone to Water / Ido al Agua at the beginning of 2023 – to share what we have created with our collaborators and the world. More broadly, what excites me about the future are youth movements, crumbling old systems, and new sustainable architectures. I am excited to see a continued obliteration of the power-imbalance, an unapologetic demand for equality that will shake the foundations of white supremacy and patriarchy, and an ever-growing use of art for social change.
“I am excited to see a continued obliteration of the power-imbalance, an unapologetic demand for equality that will shake the foundations of white supremacy and patriarchy, and an ever-growing use of art for social change.”
Source: Unity Technologies Blog