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Rick Perez: Profile + Interview

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Rick Perez: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

People, love, (my) parents

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)


Why do you do what you do?

This is the only thing I care about

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I started shooting my friends with a disposable camera when I was 15.  I went through at least one a week until my Dad got me a digital camera when I was 17 (THANKS DAD!).  That camera allowed me to experiment more and develop my style.  I studied psychology at CSU Monterey Bay to pursue a career as a guidance counselor but frankly I hated it.  All I wanted to do is go on adventures with my friends and take pictures.  So, with the encouragement of my friends, I decided to leave the counseling path and travel the photography route. 

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Myself.  I am fortunate to have had so many supportive people throughout the years, it’s incredible.  But I didn’t think I could pursue photography as a career until my childhood friend Garrett really pushed me.  He was the first person to call me an artist, and to challenge my view on what I thought success could be.  Because of him I started to believe in my work and I haven’t looked back. 

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Garrett Riley, the first person I knew to chase his art as a career.  I have been told that I have been an inspiration and that is fucking rad!

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Ah, so many mistakes!! But it’s okay, just gotta keep going, you know?

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I am excited to be working on assignments for Dumbo Magazine this year.  I am also excited to be working with Contrast Magazine, Nailed Magazine, IdoMusic, and collaborating with more bands, models, designers, and artists.  2015 is gonna kick ass!

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)


Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Thank you so much!

Rick Perez: Profile

Full name

Rick Perez



Place of Birth? (city, country)

San Diego, USA

Where you live now? (city, country)

New York City, USA

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Mother- Bogotoa, Colombia  Father- Los Angeles, USA (parents from Mexico)

First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)


How long have you been doing it?

Professionally, two years but I picked up my first camera when I was 15

Fav Song

Pawn Shop by Sublime

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Sublime/The Black Keys/The Arcade Fire/Kid Cudi

Fav Movie

Good Will Hunting

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Peter Lindbergh, Tyler Shields, Wes Anderson

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