We had the good fortune of connecting with Dylan Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dylan, why did you pursue a creative career?
As cliché as it sounds, its always been my dream. I call it my “destiny” at times. I have always been apart of the performing arts all my life, starting off as a struggling child actor to becoming martial arts performer. In my eyes, this is the only thing that, I feel, that I am good at; being apart of filmmaking, being able to create stories, being able to be imaginative in different ways. I was blessed with a creative mind, a very imaginative mindset. Am I proud of it, yes. I’ve been proud of it since I was a kid, technically, I still am one. To clarify, I love what I do because I get hired or get brought on to projects to help or play “pretend,” in other words, and I’d like to believe that I am really good at it. I am able to use my imagination to either create worlds and be apart of them. I used to run around the backyard pretending that I was a Jedi Knight, fighting the forces of darkness to being in world were I’m getting chased by dinosaurs. Now I have the opportunity to not only create but actually be apart of my own or others artists worlds. It’s an incredible feeling to have, being able to showcase my creativity to the world in different aspects of film. I’ll be honest, there are times where I wish can do something else or had the smarts to go into a different career path, but my brother already called dibs on those skillsets in life. This is what makes me happy and I feel at home when I get to be on film sets or creating “movie magic” with my friends and peers. Nothing beats that feeling when you get to see your work on the screen or when you get see your name in the credits. It’s a moment of joy and fulfillment, knowing that all the blood, sweat, and tears paid off, that all your hard work helped you and everyone else get to the finish line. Especially, when you are crazy enough to do it all over again. Getting to create and “play pretend” is the best job in the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am very passionate in what I do, I love this business, and I love adapting my passion into my art. If I didn’t or even doubted it, I wouldn’t be doing this at all. I’d t be wasting my time. I gave everything, my blood, sweat, and tears everyday working my heart out, I would wake up and work grueling hours everyday and to do it all over again with a smile on my face. By doing this, you get to figure out who you really are as a person and as a filmmaker, you begin to develop a skillset and a technique. For example, as a director, I’ve gotten to a point that I am really picky in my shots, how the story is being presented, or how an actor should deliver a line. You are able to start visualizing more key elements within the story by being more communicating with your team and the people you are working with, making sure that you all have the same goal in mind and helping each other achieve success within the project you are all working on. Like a village raising child, it takes a team to make a project successful.
I’ve been a perfectionist all my life, striving to make sure everything is polished, cleaned up, ready for presentation. It isn’t easy to get to level where I am at, sometimes for many, it takes years, constant rejections, criticisms, and failure, but the thing is you can’t let that bother you. You have to take it and be able to turn into a lesson, figuring out a way to grow from it and rise above it. Once you find a way around it, it’ll make you stronger and more confident in your craft, bringing your skillset and technique to a whole other level. At this point in my life, I can take my first film I ever created and compare it to the most recent one I’ve made, I can say that I’ve come a long way since my time in film school in a positive manner. I still have more growing I need to do as a filmmaker, more knowledge to soak up. This is a journey that will never end, you are only good as your next project. Like Bruce Lee has said, “be like water, my friend.” Be “shapeless,” meaning being able to adapt in different situations, being flexible both mind and body. Don’t be stubborn and close yourself off, always be open to learning new styles, new techniques; It’ll help in the long run. It has helped this far, furthering my understanding and improving, not only, my career in filmmaking, but in life as well. “Empty your mind. Be formless, Be shapeless. Like water.” — Bruce Lee
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?
I am a very outgoing and energetic type of person, who loves classic arcade style gaming, enjoys going out concerts, cosplaying at local comicbook convention, to 4 wheeling out in Table Mesa during monsoon season. I live in Phoenix and it gets hot during the summers, making it difficult to enjoy life outside, especially, if you don’t have a pool. So when monsoon season hits, the family and I bust out the atvs and go for a ride under the nice overcast or some special occasions, after it rains, going out mudding. Then after a nice long day of riding, we head out to Cobra Arcade or The Grid for some classic arcade style gaming, bringing me back to my childhood when I would take whatever money I have earned, to the arcade and battle it out with walking dead in House of the Dead or fight the empire in Star Wars arcade!
If I just want a calm day or relaxation, definitely, have to check out Drawn to Comics. One of my favorite comicbook stores, been going there since I was a kid, always picking up the latest comics and staying up to date with Constantine. They are always friendly and just a joy to be around, creating an awesome experience when you are shopping.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To my friends, my mentors, my team & mi familia for believing in me and always staying by my side. A special thank you to the love of my life and partner in crime Gabby Barbosa, we’re in this together and we are going to make it together, I love you!
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