Remington Maxwell | Songwriter

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Remington Maxwell and I am a singer-songwriter.

When did you know you wanted to be a singer-songwriter?
I grew up in a musical family, so I've always known that I wanted to be involved in the music industry. What made me realize I wanted to do this for the rest of my life was the time, in fifth grade, I had locked myself in my room and sang Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry", to myself and on repeat, for seven hours. At that moment, I knew I was going to be a performer.

In what ways did your upbringing influence your future move to Los Angeles?
There were a lot of factors that influenced my inevitable move to L.A., but one of the biggest would be my involvement in the all-girl band The Hi-tops. I was eight years old when I started the band, so when you hear about Hollywood and the celebrities there; you obviously are intriqued by such a place and think it would be awesome to live there. Once I grew up and realized the entire industry was here, I knew that Hollywood was where I needed to be.

How did that confidence help you in taking that intitial jump?
Honestly, I didn't even have to think twice on moving to Hollywood. The moment I was done with high school, I packed up my things and headed west.

What does your song-writing process look like?
Sometimes, it's hard for me to get into a creative space so I'm constantly writing things down or recording melodies on my phone. Once I think I have something, I'll force myself to sit down and start writing. It might not be that "good", but figuring it out is part of the process so I might as well try.

Within your art, what are you the most insecure about?
Like I said before, getting into a creative space can be difficult sometimes. That makes me nervous. Especially when I have a writing session coming up and I need to be ready to produce content.

How do you prepare for the times you need to be in that space?
When I know I need to be in that space, I will spend the entire day doing things that will get me there. Even if it's a two-hour session, I still have to prepare for it the same way I would any other time.

Have there been times when the creativity just isn't there?
Yes, that actually happened to me the other day! I was in a session where I was the only song-writer and I had a creative block. I thought for sure the producers were going to think that I was the "worst writer ever".

How do you break through those creative blocks?
I've come to realize that creative blocks are part of being an artist. There are good days of writing and there are horrible days of writing... and that's ok. I just try to not relish on the bad ones and move on.

Last Question: What is your favorite cereal?
For a healthy choice, I like any granola. Especially the vanilla granola with almonds and cocnut. Growing up, though, it was all about Cocoa Pebbles.

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Alex Austin | Photographer

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alexandra Austin and I am a photographer.

What drew you to the world of photography?
I've always loved looking through old family photographs, so being able to be transported back to that time is something I've always wanted to capture within my photos. That form of storytelling is very intriguing to me.

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I became interested in photography in junior high, but didn’t start to take it seriously until high school.

What did that progression look like?
Like most photographers, in the beginning, I mainly took pictures of nature and landscapes because I wasn't sure how to capture images that were people centric. After a while though, I moved on to thinking of different concepts and ideas and implementing people into my images through fashion and portrait photography.

What pushed you into that area of photography?
Reading magazines… especially fashion magazines. Through them, I was able to realize that I wanted to photograph people and come up with ways to showcase someone’s personality as opposed to other types of photography that focus on a specific place or moment in time.

Within your art, what are you most insecure about?
My biggest insecurity is when I don't have trust in my vision for a particular shoot. The fear of an idea not being perfect, upon production, has kept me from getting out there and shooting.

How do you push past those moments of insecurity?
I find myself pushing past the insecurities when I make the decision that even though the final product may not be what was in my head; it's still my own unique work and it's now out in the world.

Where do you find inspiration?
Mainly Instagram, but social media in general. Thankfully, these various outlets allow us to be introduced to, or discover, a lot of different artists that we can find inspiration through.

What do you look for in a potential follow?
The main thing that I look for is for someone who has a vision or a clear and consistent style. To me, those two things are an indication that the person has a direction they are moving in as opposed to posting for the sake of posting.

Last Question: What are you doing when you're not creating?
Some of my favorite hobbies are cooking, reading and exploring various places around Los Angeles. If I'm not doing one of those, then I'm probably working so I can afford to learn the piano.

Kate Tonge | Chef

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kate Tonge and I am a chef.

In what ways are you an artist?
My art is formed in the culmination of flavors, textures and the technique of making them palatable. My goal is to create an experience that is both authentic and stimulating to all five senses.

What influences your art?
The seasons and what farmers are choosing to produce at the time. They determine what I use as incredients, which in turn determines the dishes I create.

In what ways does Los Angeles have an impact on how you create?
LA has a huge impact on how, and what, I create because of the availability of fresh produce. Produce straight from the source. Since the cultural diversity of the city is so large, products from all over the world are being brought here and that provides opportunities to discover and utilize new things.

Within your career, what are you most proud of?
Honestly, my resume is fantastic. I've worked in a lot of famous kitchens and with some world renowned chefs, but I'm most proud of the integrity of my practice... the application of my experiences.

How have those experiences prepared you for what you do today?
I played a lot of soccer growing up, which was my first taste of what it was like to be a part of a team. Through that experience, I parlayed the skills I learned into what it takes to be a part of a kitchen. If I'm winning, my team is winning and that's a cool thing to be a part of.

Within your art, what are you most insecure about?
I'm most insecure about the delivery of my expertise. I'm always trying to figure out new ways to engage and inspire people to love what they're eating but at the same time I ask myself why anyone would care.

How do those insecurities affect your approach to things?
Like most artistic professions, there's a certain level of vulnerability as a chef. The fear of spending time and money on a dish, and it not being appreciated, is scary and can add additional levels of pressure to what I do.

Is some of that pressure self-inflicted?
Definitely! I'm the first to know if something isn't up to the standard of quality I continuously strive for. That's when my pride and integrity come into play. I always want to give my best because I usually only get one shot at "wowing" the diner.

Last Question: What is your favorite cereal?
I love this question! Actually, my favorite way to eat cereal is to combine a variety of cereals together (Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Nut Cheerios and Granola). The combination of textures and flavors is so good!

Allison Kunath | Artist

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Allison Kunath and I am an artist.

In what ways are you an artist?
Right now I'm really into ceramics, but but I do a bit of painting, drawing, clothing design, jewelry making, and graphic design. Basically anything that involves the use of my hands.

What does being an artist mean to you?
Being a creater. Taking something from your brain and putting it into being.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I knew early on in life that this is what I wanted to do. A story I like to tell is when I was around five or so (you know, the age where people ask you what you want to be when you grow up) I had this rehearsed answer of, "Well I'd really like to be an artist, but I don't want to be starving in my parents basement, so I think I'd like to be a lawyer or doctor or some other esteemed occupation."

At what point did you make art your "occupation"?
I finally gave myself permission to explore that idea around three years ago. I had an awesome design job, but I knew I needed to be creating with my hands... I needed to do something more.

What pushed you to make that decision?
A design colleague from college. His words reminded me that illustration, and art making in general, is where I really wanted to put my energy.

What's the scariest thing about doing what you do?
I'd say doubt is the scariest thing on a day-to-day basis. Of course, some days are easier than others; where the art is free flowing and everything is easy, but sometimes those old fears creep in and say that "this isn't sustainable" or even that "you're not good enough".

How do you use that fear for good?
By being conscious of it. Knowing that the fear is there allows me to actively nutrilize it and silence it's effects rather than letting it run quietly in the background.

Within your art, what are you the most insecure about?
Currently, I'm working with this geometric, repeating lines, style of illustration. What I'm most insecure about is that it is just that... a style. Sometimes, I worry that I can't tell if I'm doing because I'm interested in it or because it's getting a positive response on social media.

What effect does social media have on your art?
It has a huge effect since we now live in a world where we have access to active metrics. In the past, you would need to have a gallery showing or a private critique to get feedback on your latest work. Now, we have tools that allow us to instantly see what works and what doesn't. Granted, social media isn't a complete indication of what performs well, but it does help give you an idea of what people seem to gravitate towards. Which, I think, is a bit of a gift and a curse.

Last Question: What is your favorite cereal?
It's a little embarasing, but I'm going to have to go with cocoa pebbles. I have a technique that changes the game though. What I do first is, slowly, pour the milk into the bowl. Then, I add one handful of cereal, at a time, and eat it while it's still crispy!