This is the very talented Egzon Shaqiri, the creator of the trailer for INDIGO. You will get to see the trailer debut tomorrow, and it is AWESOME! Thanks to Egzon and his talents as a graphic artist. Egzon was nice enough to answer some of my questions about art and creativity and books, so please read below! His answers are so thought-provoking and inspiring. I especially love his advice to students thinking about going into a creative career.
What attracted you to art as a kid growing up? Why do you think art is important for young people?
Growing up, I credit my grandfathers on both sides of my family as the primary individuals that directly influenced and sparked my curiosity in art. One was an Architect who helped me develop problem solving skills and the other is a retired Tailor that helped me see the aesthetic side of art. After immigrating to the United States from my home country of Kosovo at the age of eight, my third grade teacher, Mrs. Ball, chose my drawing as the best artwork of the year. It was such a great feeling that it inspired me to continue making better artwork in pursuit of this fulfilling sensation.
I believe art is important for young people because it helps them realize that their thoughts do hold value and that they can share them with others.
What is your major and what do you hope to do with your degree?
I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design and Digital Photography. I hope to be able to use this degree to find a career that allows me to share my acquired skills with the people around the world.
What is your favorite medium to work in and why?
Initially, I was drawn to fine art mediums such as drawing, oil painting, architecture, etc. However, I have slowly transitioned and developed a keen interest in digital mediums including graphics design, photography, video, and web design. If I had to choose a favorite it would have to be videography.
Have you always been a creative person?
Yes, I have always been a creative person but I think everyone is creative; it’s just that some of us just think about a problem longer than others.
What advice do you have for other teens that might want to pursue a creative career?
What are you waiting for?
What are some of your favorite books and why?
Some of my favorite books are by the author Dale Carnegie such as the book entitled How to Win Friends and Influence People because it reflects on the fundamental principles of human nature and how to correctly interact with various people.
Favorite movies and why?
I really enjoy movies that are inspired by true events and one of my favorite movies is A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe as John Forbes Nash.
In honor of Halloween, what do you find scary and why?
Any animal that is bigger than me, because I would be at their mercy if they ever became upset with me.
How was the process in making the trailer for INDIGO? Did you enjoy it? Is it something you might want to do again?
Making the trailer for INDIGO was really fun and educational for me. It was such a great experience and opportunity to work with a real client and be able to use some of the skills that I’m currently acquiring at school. Along the way I learned different tips and techniques that I can use in forthcoming art projects. The whole process was enjoyable mainly due to the wonderful client, Gina Linko, of whom I had the pleasure of working with. She gave me a lot of creative control on this project which is quite uncommon in this industry, and with her guidance we were able to create the final INDIGO trailer. I would definitely do this again especially if all the clients are as awesome as her.
Thank you, Egzon, for sharing with us today on the blog. And for being so complimentary! I definitely LOVED the process of making the trailer with you as well. I think you really nailed the spooky, eerie, New Orleans vibe of the book. The trailer exceeds all of my expectations, and I can't wait for everyone to see it tomorrow on Mundie Moms!