Interview: Ollie Martin

Today we’re joined by Ollie Martin. Ollie is a young writer and visual artist. They have posted a 36 chapter trilogy entitled A Vampire’s Travels on their blog and they really want to be a screenwriter in the future. Aside from writing, Ollie is an avid visual artist and drew the art for A Vampire’s Travels. They favor a cartoon style when it comes to drawing. It’s clear they’re an incredibly enthusiastic and driven artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I do both art and writing. My art is mainly in cartoon
style, simple but fun. I want to make TV shows and movies, and have to date
written four TV shows and two movies. I stick to the horror, adventure, and
superhero genres.

What inspires you?

My surroundings mostly. A lot of characters are based off of
people I have seen while walking around my town (Eugene, Oregon) and my writing
is based off of my own experiences. In terms of people and shows, I am heavily
inspired by Rebecca Sugar, The Good Place,
and 60s film (Hitchcock, Star
Trek
, cold war sci fi, etc.).

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I didn’t want to really be an artist until in 6th grade I
got into drawing to impress a girl I had a crush on. I then discovered that I
really liked drawing, and have been drawing ever since! As for writing, I have
always written stories, but it never got serious until 9th grade. I wanted to
make cartoon shows for a while, but then after watching Classic Star Trek , I wanted to make live action
shows.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really, I used to sign with my initials, but a) they
were OC, which confused people when I signed art of characters that weren’t
mine and b) I am working on getting my name changed. I have yet to create a
signature that I am happy with.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

For cartoonists, there are going to be plenty of crappy art
teachers that are going to tell you that your art style isn’t real art, and
they are completely wrong. For writers, you’re never going to know if your
writing is good unless you start writing and learning

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual, I never want to have sex, as I find it gross. I
still however want to a romantic relationship.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Where do I even begin? So many TV shows have a scene that
goes from two characters arguing and cuts to them lying naked in bed together.
I have never understood that. I find the show How I
Met Your Mother
especially acephobic because of how they had an
episode saying that sex and romance are inseparable. Ace representation in TV
shows is usually a person who is practically a robot/ is a robot and
emotionless. My ace characters are vibrant and I can’t wait to put them on the
screen.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we’re aro as well. I was talking to a teacher about how
I needed a partner like this one movie character to which she responded, “I
thought you were asexual and didn’t want anyone.” I said that I just didn’t
want to have sex but still wanted to have a romantic partner to which she said,
“Well you’re a senior in high school, it’s okay for you to feel that way now .”

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

If someone tells you, “You’re too young to decide that you
don’t want to have sex!” Or “You’ll change your mind later,” Ask them, “Would
you tell me that if I was straight?” It catches them off guard every time.
There are people who are not going to understand, but they don’t decide your
sexuality, you do.

I remember that when I was younger and didn’t know what
asexuality was, I thought I would have to force myself to have sex to please a
partner. You never have to do that, ever. If you don’t feel sexual attraction
but still want sex, you’re just as ace as the rest of us, welcome to the club
of people who were made an outcast by their peers in 2014 for not finding
Bendyman Crumpersnitch hot.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

On my blog at film-focus-mind.
I wrote a trilogy of novelettes called A
Vampire
s Travels about an Italian vampire. The main
characters are an aromantic man and a nonbinary person. I also have all of my
art on there too, and if you go to the tags page you can find links

Thank you, Ollie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.