Sample Artist Statement

Mason Richards
Artist Statement
In preparation for writing this artist statement, I sat at my computer staring
blankly at the screen. Then I sat on my sofa with pen and paper in hand. I
read through old journals to figure out the best way to describe myself as an
artist. I wanted it to be extraordinary. I played Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and
Kanye West’s CD and re-read excerpts from Aristotle’s The Rhetoric and The
Poetics, and came up with nothing. Then, in the middle of a musical riff by
Miles Davis and after looking at the picture that I had unknowingly scribbled
on my notepad, I realized that that the best way to describe about my
artistic self is to simply do just that. For as long as I can remember, I have
been a creative spirit. Now, at this juncture of my life, the most natural
trajectory is to parlay my talents, knowledge and creative vision into
filmmaking, more specifically, film directing. With this, my first and only
choice for graduate school is the Film Directing program offered at Cal Arts.
It is the most ideal environment for me to further grow and develop my
talents as an artist and as a director.
My undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University in English: Intellectual
History and Human & Organizational Development, combined with my
theatrical background and life experiences makes me an excellent candidate
for the MFA program in Film Directing at CalArts. I have stories to tell and I
have a natural talent for directing, having worked as an actor for many
years. In time and through specific experiences, I have discovered that it is
one thing to work as an actor, however, I find myself more fascinated by the
work of a director. I believe that the director has greater depth and
responsibility in telling a story. Moreover, I am interested in learning and
mastering all of the creative and technical aspects of telling and story on film
from beginning to end.
My First Time
I grew up in Brooklyn, and as a young man, I was a shy kid with a slight
stuttering problem. I was a visionary. Basically, I was able to see things and
write about them before I can act them out. In short, my interpersonal skills
were marginal, however, my mind raced. At age 13, I was a straight –A
student and the founder and Editor-And-Chief of a teen magazine called Teen
Lines which was successfully distributed to public schools throughout the New
York City area. With all my involvement with youth leadership I was invited
to an improv workshop at the well-known Circle in a Square Theatre in
Manhattan. This was daunting for me because though I harbored secret
desires to perform, I just didn’t know how to play it out. Then, when I was
randomly thrown a topic of “peanut butter and jelly” to improvise a scene
and then a song on the same topic, I gagged, but by the end, I was a
changed kid. This was the first moment in my life that I decided to pursue a
career in the arts.
Page 1/3
Free Download

Sample Artist Statement DOC

Favor this template? Just fancy it by voting!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
(0 Votes)
0.0
Related Forms
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
2 Page(s) | 1112 Views | 4 Downloads
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
1 Page(s) | 638 Views | 4 Downloads
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
1 Page(s) | 888 Views | 9 Downloads
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
2 Page(s) | 938 Views | 2 Downloads
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
1 Page(s) | 597 Views | 5 Downloads