We had the good fortune of connecting with Cai Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cai, why did you pursue a creative career?
Artistry is a wordless language that expresses that which you can never place into something as feeble as the words and symbols of the human language. I chose to pursue an artistic career because I have lived my entire life doing everything that I can to capture and bottle those feelings and experiences that make us all who we are. Those memories that live within us from the moment they occur to the day that we die and shape us into existence. That feeling you get when you are first with someone, the tension… the possibility. That deep-rooted and heartwarming feeling when a scent passes through your nose and it takes you back to a feeling that fills the air around you and makes it just a hair short of tangible. Those things that we all so desperately want to share with the world but will forever and always be bittersweetly contained to our own subjective experience. I chose an artistic career because I believe that art is the language beyond and more advanced than anything we can ever verbally communicate and if I can tap into that communicative power for even just a second and share it with the world, the impact that it could have on the hearts and minds of those around me, that in itself is worth the chase.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art exists in many facets. I am a photographer and a lover of movement but I also have a degree in Vocal Performance and a degree in Psychology and I love being on the stage and in the Lab. I do most of my networking, performing, and sharing through Instagram under the handle a_technicolour_morning and I coach out of a gym in Mesa, Arizona called SPF Parkour Academy where I am the director of the Adult Parkour Program. Over the last week, I was promoted to a director position at my job. I also worked really hard during my college career to earn 2 degrees and I would like both of those aspects to be presented in the article. Movement is by far the most immediately satisfying and I believe that people should move every day and I look at Parkour as the study of how to become human again in a world that has domesticated us all. Although those are my main sources of creative freedom I try to not limit myself to just those two avenues of creativity. Ever since the monetization of artwork was created it became necessary for the artist to be “great” at their artwork in order for it to have value and that has led to a hierarchy within artistry that I frown upon. Some of my artworks that have elicited the most genuine responses from those who interact with them are those pieces of art that I never would have thought to try before and that the hierarchical art world would view as mediocre or untalented. Knowing this has taught me a lesson that I shout to the rooftops of everyone that will listen and that lesson is to do all the things that you are not qualified to do. Getting to where I am professionally was not an easy task especially being a Hispanic first-generation college graduate but something that really kickstarted the ball rolling was realizing that nobody is truly good at anything until they take the leap and try. We are all faking it until we make it. Some of the most life-changing experiences and lessons that I learned came from applying and throwing my hand into the proverbial Goblet of Fire knowing that I was more than likely vastly underqualified for what I was attempting to accompish. The worst thing that can ever happen is that they will tell you NO and you start back at square one but because you took the extra step of throwing yourself in the lion’s den there is the small chance that someone will say yes and your life will be changed forever. Although that chance might be small. If you throw yourself into enough dens there is a high chance that at least one will stick and you will never regret taking that leap. My biggest advice for anyone is to find all of the things that you push to the side because you don’t think you’ll be good enough and just take one step into that realm and see what you can find. Instead of shying away from something potentially painful, embrace the pain and ask it what it has to teach you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man, I would take them to just about every place I can think of. Ever since I was a kid I have always had an almost spiritual connection with sunsets and the city skyline so I know just about every spot around the value to get a beautiful view of the sunset and the Pheonix city skyline. Whether it be something touristy like Dobbins Lookout or something more secretive in my own stash of wonderful places we would end up watching the city at dusk at one point or another. I would also take them to some of my favorite eats around town. I do everything in my power to shop and eat local and not franchised and one of my favorite places to eat right now is right in the heart of downtown Glendale called La Santissima Gourmet Taco Shop. Their Horchata is to die for. One of the days on this trip I would want to get out of the town and go see some of the beautiful nature we have up north in Sedona and on the Mogollon Rim. Sedona has some of the best art festivals and I have taken way too many pictures at a beautiful plaza called Tlaquepaque. Within that plaza sits yet another one of my favorite restaurants that are a must-try called El Rincon. After we have our fun in the city I will take them to some of my absolute favorite campsites that I have accumulated over the years with beautiful views off of the edge of the rim where you can see for miles. The Phoenix art museum is a most go as well as the first Friday festival that happens every month. Finally, if this friend just so happens to be visiting during the winter then we must go to the Tempe Festival of the Arts that happens every winter. I could go on for days about all of the wonderful things that this city has to offer but for now, I just advize everyone to eat and shop and support all of our wonderful local businesses.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The easy answer is that I want to dedicate this shoutout to all of my friends and family who have supported me along the way. My Mom, Dad, Uncle, sisters, and all of my friends who stuck around have all wanted to see me succeed and I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have their support. Along with them I also want to thank those who did not want to see me succeed because their push for me to fail was what drove me to know that I was capable of being better than what they had thought of me. I remember a conversation with a friend that I was having about how hard it was to try to finish my double major at ASU in 4 years’ time and that I was thinking about dropping out of one. They looked me in the eye and said “I didn’t think you could do that kind of work and I was waiting to see how long it would be before you dropped one.” Ever since that conversation, I knew that I am the only person that can tell me that can hold me back or push me to the next level, and since I learned that lesson I have gained the confidence and the drive to put my mind to just about anyhthing.
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All photographs were taken and edited by me