First Impressions

Closing to: First impressions

Art: Clutch Cabin

written by cary murnion and edited by Visionary Orchid

Regardless of age, race, gender, location, etc.- creative people are creative people. We all fall under this one big, beautiful umbrella. We’re all trying to be seen and heard. We’re all superheroes that fight crime. And we all struggle and get kind of hurt in the process.

Cary Murnion is a storyteller- a feature film and commercial director, as well as an Executive Creative Producer at a content production studio. He grew up in a small farm town in Upstate New York before leaving for art school. There, he studied graphic design and animation and uncovered a massive community for the arts. “Where I grew up and where I spent my college years profoundly influenced my art in every single way- from how I approach a project, to the types of stories I tell, all the way to the types of people I gravitate towards working with. I’ve been exposed to many different ways that people live their lives which in turn has opened me up to new ways of creating art.”

He met his creative partner, Jon Millot, after he graduated from Parsons School of Design. And eventually moved to Los Angeles, California. Together they worked on directing and producing short films and commercials- further branching off into directing feature films. As a producer, he works with other directors to help develop their ideas into features or series.

His drive to keep creating is based on its process. “I’ve learned that if what you crave is getting a reaction to your art, or even just finishing it, then you will almost always feel unfulfilled. So for me, the process of making something is what really gets my mind humming and my heart beating- even that danger and doubt of even being able to come up with an idea is something I’ve learned to embrace and thrive off of.” Having a specific agenda leads him down an unauthentic path. Instead of creating with a goal to show something personal, it turns into a goal to make an impression on someone else. “And for art, that can be the death nail.” Hence the whole, ‘do it for YOU’.

Ideas come in any way, shape, or form. Like shooting stars, they come without any warning. There are times he’ll work on something for days or weeks until what emerges is a diamond. Sometimes he’ll sketch it. Sometimes he’ll write it with no visuals at all. Sometimes it’s on a detailed storyboard with very specific visual details in extremely exact ways. But it’s never all one way. “Now, some of this variation just comes from the nature of my job- directing commercials and films requires me to jump into lots of different subject matters. And to assimilate information from many different people in time frames that are always changing.” At least he’s never bored- always learning and meeting interesting people. But only a small margin of his ideas find their way into being made.

“I’ve been rejected by myself, by clients, by friends, by actors, by studios, by writers, by ad agencies, by galleries, by family members, by bystanders, by you name it and my ideas have been rejected by them. And that’s really hard. But I enjoy making shit, so I keep trying.”

With Love from All of Us,

Visionary Orchid

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6 thoughts on “First Impressions

  1. I have read each one – captivated by the words and lessons.

    You have truly captured each artist in their entirety.

    Thank you for this insight.

    Love your beautiful soul.


  2. Wow Lia you have put into words the true essence of Julia’s beautiful spirit. I can’t thank you enough for your very deep understanding of her soul. Your a gifted writer.


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