In this series of engaging and inspiring interviews with world class artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, Rayna Campbell of Flow Artists asks Film and Documentary Producer, Dionne Walker a series of questions about art, creativity and Mindset.
1. Hello Dionne, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to be an artist/creative?
I'm a producer for hire! The art world and being creative came to me, I was involved in advertising and marketing but found myself drawn to conceiving ideas and producing.
Moving from curating debates and events to producing and filmmaking goes alongside the hard work I’m doing around investigating cities- which has been the thing I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager.
2. What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m developing some ideas - around the urban, social and environmental. I’ve questions about climate change, housing and work displacement; sexuality, gender inequality; race and class inequality-in the world-- the projects I’m developing are trying to square these pertinent issues.
3. What do you do to stay at the top of your game as an artist/creative?
I meditate, not so much like a buddhist. Perhaps a bit more like a rasta.
4. How do you deal with rejection?
Well, I don’t let it bother me at all, in fact I’m often ten step ahead in my thoughts and see it coming.
5. We do a lot of mindset work with artists in Flow, how important is it to have a healthy mindset as an artist and how do you keep yours healthy and positive?
It’s natural for me - seriously I’m naturally a glass half full person. “Don’t believe the hype”.
6. You were nominated for a BAFTA for your documentary The Hard Stop! Congratulations. Did you ever visualize that sort of success?
Short answer, no. We didn’t start out saying we want to win awards. I did say from day one that the objective was to raise the profile of the community and those so-called scums. The BAFTA nomination really helped us to achieve this objective. We are very pleased, and everyone involved in the making deserved the recognition. Tottenham deserve the recognition.
7. There are a lot of negative connotations in the arts, you have to be this or that in order to be successful. What is your take on that and what is it that drives you to overcome these limitations?
Blah, blah, blah, we all have limitations, show me someone who doesn’t.
8. How do you deal with setbacks?
Same as rejections, what can one do, just get on with it. If you have your health, you can find the energy to fight another day.
9. Knowing what you know now, if you could go back to a time when you were just starting out as an artist/creative/model and maybe struggling for work and a healthy income, what advice would you give to yourself?
10. And finally, how important is social media for you as an artist?
Social media is part of how I live, for good or bad, it informs both the content and the form of my work.
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