We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Godoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor/s behind any of my success is showing up with a spirit of service and putting in honest, hard work. I am the first to start and the last to leave in everything that I do, most especially any creative projects. Most of my opportunities have come by word of mouth and I believe the ideas of “service” and “showing up” have been the key factors behind that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe what sets my work apart from others is that it is very multilayered and directly reflects my own life experiences. To start, I am a 2nd generation Mexican American and an army brat that has had to navigate liminal spaces throughout the world and the United States. I was an electrical mechanical technician for 14 years within the defense and energy sectors. I have been an active citizen of Hip-Hop culture, more specifically breaking or “breakdancing” for over 20 years. I am a boxing fanatic and a jump rope enthusiast. I am a first generation college graduate and a 2021 MFA Candidate within The Herberger Institute at Arizona State University. I am an art instructor within the School of Art and an active muralist. My wife is a 2nd year Doctoral candidate and faculty and staff at ASU as well. We have two beautiful children, Maia and Maceo, who inspire us daily. I have faced many professional challenges along the way. The one thing that has helped me to navigate all of these challenges is to always lean on what I love. A mantra that has always stuck with me is to “stick to what you love and what you love will always have your back.” It’s a simple phrase, but difficult to understand when we follow what’s in our head instead of our heart. It takes courage to follow the heart sometimes, but it always, always turns out to be the most rewarding.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first place I would take them is the Warehouse District to the 5,500 square foot #WebPT mural that I facilitated on the South wall of the Web PT building for a few selfies. We would sit at The Larry across the street and gaze out at the mural while having some amazing food and a drink while I would describe all of the many awesome artists and community members that assisted on the mural. We would then walk next door to the ASU Grant st. studios where I have a graduate studio and give them a tour. We would take a trip to Tempe and give them a tour of the University and drop in at the ASU Art Museum. Then we would come out to Chandler where I live and I would take them to our favorite local spots, Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara for a torta ahogada (drowned torta) and to La Nueva Flor de Michoacan for some bionicos or paletas and we would finish the day in downtown Chandler.
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?
My creative path has been a long and winding road, so I have many people to thank from my family to my teachers, mentors, partners, and many communities. Though, I would like to a give a big shoutout to my wife, Mara Nohemi Lopez. She lit me up with inspiration 15 years ago and I have not put down the paintbrush since. She has provided unwavering support throughout all of my creative endeavors and without her none of this success would have come to be.
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