Interview with Brittany Medeiros:
1. Share what it is that you do.
What I do..I laugh too loud, wear to much black, misplace everything, and fall more than anyone I know . What I do for a profession? I am a Graphic Designer & Photographer. I do art. In any form whether its photographs, paintings, sketches, illustrations, children’s books, fashion. I try and do it my way.
2. What or who first inspired your passion and drive?
Growing up, it was my mom, my sister and I, the three musketeers. After calling it quits on every sport imaginable the only after school activity my mom made me stay involved in was going to Mary Spardello art studio in Johnston, RI. That’s when it happened, I fell in love with art. My inspiration has come from my bad/good relationships, experiences, and overall how I see the world around me. I drive off of proving people wrong, most importantly proving myself wrong, I know I can do more.
3. What accomplishments are you most proud of, thus far?
Thus far, I am proud of myself for graduating in three years with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design & Digital Media, with a concentration in Fashion Merchandise and Print Design. I also opened my own business in my hometown at the age of 22, yeah that was kind of awesome! But those are just accomplishments I can write on a resume. Off paper I am most proud of myself that I have become a better friend. I am proud that I have tried new things like competing for Miss RI USA, this year. You can guess what happened. I mean if anyone was to fall on stage it had to be me.
I am proud of the feedback I am receiving because growing up critiques from others was my biggest fear. I love putting a message into my work, sending a message to my audience is what I thrive to do especially through a lens. One picture for instance got my website more views than any other collection. In this collection my friends wore bodysuits that were first seen in 1886, then 1920s, 1950s, and now seen on performers such as Beyonce and Madonna. I got my idea from a fashion class, I noticed fashion repeats itself, just like what we read in our history books, which is where the newspapers come in to play. Throw in my two best friends, paint the headlines of the newspapers on their bodies, and here are my favorite photographs.
4. How do you stay motivated?
I feel like many people may say, I stay motivated because your parent pushes you, but that is not my case. My mom, is my best friend, she’d love me even if I was a professional french fry eater, and let’s face it, that would be my dream job. My motivation comes from myself. I keep a list of goals for myself every year, and each time I can scratch one of my list I know I am on the right direction. My sketchbook keeps me motivated, it’s full of all my ideas, my inspirations, what I like, don’t like, so one day I can turn all those ideas and sketches into art for others to see. I feel I have to stay motivated because if I don’t I’ll never get to where I want to be. I want to be a better designer and photographer, because if I can’t be better at it I don’t wan to ruin it.
5. What are you working on NOW?
Currently, I am working on a collection of ideas for my “Be You” collection, some business branding/logo designs for the Rhode Island area, and continuing the process of getting my children’s book published.
6. What are your ultimate goals?
My ultimate goals…. guess you will have to wait and find out.
7. What is your favorite quote?
“The squeaky wheel gets the oil”, my grandpa says this to me numerous times. My friends call me a push over, my family tells me not to let others walk all over me. Yes, I know I need to work on that. This quote reminds me in order to be heard I have to speak up.
8. Since allure and cure embraces some guilty pleasures,
What is YOUR guilty pleasure?
Tell me when to stop. One Tree Hill, Hannah Montana, FRENCH FRIES, black clothes, corny jokes, and sleeping. I can quote the whole first episode of Hannah Montana. In my world it’s black & white and sometimes gray. I can sleep a whole day away and not be too concerned. I need to work on that.
What does the clock do when it’s hungry? Goes back for seconds. (come on, that’s good stuff!)
9. How do you balance your guilty pleasures?
How do I balance my guilty pleasures, I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
But for now, I try and keep my relationship with Nathan Scott on the down low, I pull all nighters every other day which isn’t the best plan I know. I try and make to-do lists so I know I have accomplished some things throughout the other day other than finishing the next season of One Tree Hill.
I’ve been through a lot, but that only pushes me to do better, be a better person. My goals within my career are simple. When I take a photograph, and I know it’s good, trust me I tell the world. Someday I’ll be in NYC, working at a prominent fashion magazine, or maybe even have my own. Like I said, I guess you will have to wait to find out.