We had the good fortune of connecting with Monse Apud de la Fuente and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monse, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue a creative or artistic career because I could never envision myself doing anything else. From a young age, I was fascinated by the power that creativity and art have to say so many things without or with few words. I come from a family of painters, creators, designers, and photographers who inspire me everyday to create and make anything possible through art. I am passionate about many forms of art but particularly photography. I decided to pursue photography as a career because I belive that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a photojournalist I can help tell stories through visuals that can touch peoples hearts and minds.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im currently a senior at Arizona State University about to graduate in May, so I still have a lot to learn as I’m about to enter the workforce, but I have held a couple of internships as a photographer with Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, and have worked with student publications such as The State Press (ASU student media) and Northeast Valley News (Scottsdale Community College). All of these places and the experiences Ive had working with them have helped me get to where I am today and I am really excited to continue working doing what I love most creating. I will be starting an internship with Phoenix Magazine as a graphic design intern and I hope to incorporate that skill into my tool box. I am really proud to have had my work exhibited at an ASU art gallery and see my images in print magazines or newspapers and online. It is very rewarding to not only see your work out there in the world but to help tell someones story and be the communities eyes through my lens. Getting here hasn’t always been easy but all I can say is practice and dedication will get you all the way. As a Mexican citizen and international student there have been a lot of extra steps that Ive had to take in order to get to where I am today, but it has been totally worth it. I want the world to know that if you do what makes you happy work wont feel like a chore, but you have to be prepared as a creative to have options, having multiple skill sets.

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?
If they were here for a week and they like the outdoors I would make sure we go to the Riparian reserve, roller skate at Tempe Town Lake, hike and/or have a picking at Papago park and go hike Sunrise trail. Some of my favorite breakfast spots are Morning Squeeze and Snooze.
For dinner I would recommend Evo and Rough Rider two different fun restaurants.
Also for drinks platform 18 is a super fun speakeasy experience that I would definitely recommend.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family first and foremost has always been there to support me and inspire me. My mom taught me how to be a very creative person since I was little. I also wanted to give Ash Ponders a shoutout. My photojournalism professor at ASU guided me in the right direction to continue growing as a creative and storyteller. His amazing work continues to inspire me every day.

Website: https://monseapud.weebly.com

Instagram: monseapudphoto

Image Credits
Myself

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