Category: artist

Interview: Audrey

Today we’re joined by Audrey. Audrey is a wonderful young filmmaker who is just starting out. She has just started posting her films on social media, including on YouTube. Audrey mostly makes films that fall into the comedy genre. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m an aspiring film maker I guess
you could say. I’ve been making short films for a while, but I just started
posting some on YouTube and social media. I like making comedy short films the
most because they get a message across in an enjoyable way. I’m hoping to learn
more about professional film in college next year where I’m majoring in Film
Studies!

What inspires you?

Life itself really inspires me. It
sounds weird but many of my film ideas come from my experiences in life. I like
to put a funny spin on things because if you can’t laugh at life what’s the
point! Pinterest also inspires me. I love that app.

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

I actually started high school
thinking I was going to be either an Engineer or a Teacher! Needless to say,
that changed. I didn’t really realize that I wanted to become serious about
Film until last year. I had grown up around it, my dad taught a high school
Film class, but I never seriously thought of it for me. It’s when I started
making short films that I realized how much I loved it and would actually like
to take it to the next level.

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 currently, but if I start to
make my YouTube channel more official, which I’d like to, then I’ll probably
start to develop an intro/outro that puts my name on my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Art doesn’t have to just be a
hobby. If you take what you do seriously, then you should focus on it. The
world needs more art and what you do is important. If you’re nervous about your
friends and family seeing your work, don’t be. They are almost always going to
be the most supportive people in your life. Also, social media is an amazing
platform for art. Use it to get your work out there. Even if you don’t think
it’s good, someone else will. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire an upcoming
artist to focus on their own art!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I currently identify as
heteroromantic asexual. I say currently, because I’ve never felt a strong
connection for a boyfriend so I haven’t ruled out Demisexual in my future. But
for now, asexuality is the sexuality that I feel fits me.

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

Not really because I embrace my
sexuality so much. In fact, I’m even looking to do some skits about asexuality
because it’s so underrepresented in our media today.

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

That it’s just a phase. I’ve been
fortunate enough that no one has said it to my face, but it’s definitely been
implied when I tell people. When I told my mom she was very supportive. She
loves learning about sexuality and gender identity but I know she doesn’t fully
understand it so I don’t blame her. Even she implied that my sexuality might
change as I get older. Which could be true, but for the moment identifying as
asexual has made me understand more about myself and has given me an identity
and a group of people who I can relate to.

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

If you think you might be asexual
or somewhere on the ace scale, go with it. If you feel differently in the
future there’s no problem with that. But for me, finding an identity has made
me much happier and I feel like I belong. Many people don’t know what
asexuality is and because of that, student can feel out of place and like
there’s something wrong with them because they don’t feel sexual attraction.
That’s why I really feel we need more representation in the media. The way I
figured out I might be asexual was through a Cosmopolitan article interviewing
a couple asexual women. Little things like that can do wonders for confused
individuals like me who had never heard of asexuality. But if the media won’t
represent us then it’s our job to spread the word.

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

You can check out my YouTube
channel here!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHaJ97rA4U_tlVnXIEiC4A

(The channel name is audreylee but
there are several people by that name on YouTube)

Also check out my Tumblr: audgelee. I’ll
be posting a bunch of ace jokes and anecdotes that hopefully some of you guys
can relate to!

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

Interview: EpicRosalina

Today we’re joined by EpicRosalina. EpicRosalina is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. While she mostly does digital art, she also dabbles in traditional art, using mostly alcohol markers. Her style draws its inspiration from anime. EpicRosalina mostly draws her own original characters (she also dabbles in writing), but has drawn her friends’ characters on occasion. It’s clear she’s a very passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I work with digital and traditional art but I much prefer
digital over traditional. When working with traditional art, I use alcohol
markers. I work using an anime style as it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I
mainly draw my own characters however I sometimes also draw some characters
belonging to a friend of mine. I’m trying to get back into writing by starting
a new book soon.

What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my characters’ personality
and backstories. Some have pretty messed up pasts. I turn those moments into
illustrations which is fun since I get to experiment with different poses and
backgrounds. Other times, inspiration just comes out of nowhere. Some doodles
that I do get turned into illustrations.

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

I would casually draw starting from the age of 11 mainly
because of a close friend of mine who is skilled with her art. I aspired to be
as good as her and so I started taking art more seriously. It was around that
time when I discovered anime and so I also took inspiration from that sort of
art style. I only wanted to really be an artist when I saw that my art was improving
and had people complementing it.

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?

I don’t think I do have anything special that I try to
include in my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t think that to be an artist, you must be “Born with
artistic talent.” I wasn’t talented at all but I kept practicing and practicing
till I reached a point where I could say “I made this and I’m proud of this.”
Use whatever you need whether it’s references or models. Do whatever you need
to keep you motivated and constantly finding ways to improve.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual Demiromantic though I do find myself
questioning it sometimes

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

I have encountered some ignorance. I have been told that I
just need to find the right person and I don’t belong in the LGBTQ+ community
but I try my best to ignore it my surrounding myself with people who support
me.

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

People who confuse Asexual with Aromantic. I’ve encountered
people who think that just because I’m Asexual, it means I don’t want to be in
a relationship however it’s quite the opposite. I’m fine with being in a
relationship however I don’t want to have any sexual relationships

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

If you’re struggling then give it some time. Some people
figure out their orientation much sooner than others but that’s ok. If you need
to experiment to find out what you identify as then go ahead. Don’t think that
you have to abide by a label.

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

You can find my art on my DeviantArt, Instagram, and sometimes my Tumblr at EpicRosalina. My upcoming
story will be posted on my Wattpad which is also EpicRosalina.

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

Interview: Sophie A Katz

Today we’re joined by Sophie A. Katz. Sophie is a phenomenal and versatile writer. She writes in a number of different forms and styles. She’s a fellow writer who enjoys writing hopeful stories (we need more of them! 🙂 ). It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

It’s all about stories for me – I LOVE stories, and
storytelling. So far, my best skill to bring stories to life has been writing.
I’ll write in pretty much any form; different stories need different mediums,
after all. Some stories are short, some are novels. Some are screenplays or
stage plays. I dabble in poetry. I have a few stories that sit in my head and
insist upon being graphic novels – I’ll have to find someone who’s better with
visual art to collaborate with for those.

What inspires you?

Life inspires me. That’s a vague answer. I have a “story
ideas” tag on my Tumblr with hundreds of pictures and prompts in it, and I
didn’t think that that was out of the ordinary until someone said to me, “Wow,
you get story ideas from EVERYTHING!” But everything DOES have a story to it.
You know that word “sonder”? About realizing that every other person in the
world is living a life just as complex and interesting as your own? I can’t
help but see that in everyone and everything around me. I don’t see things as
just the way they are – I want to know why, and what might happen next. And
that’s what a story is, at its base: why are things the way they are, and what
could happen next?

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

There was this dollhouse in my parents’ house – I think it’s
still in the basement – and incidentally we didn’t call it a “dollhouse”
because Mom did NOT want her daughters playing with dolls; we called it a
“people house,” like that Dr. Seuss book. I’d sit at the People House with all
of our toys, all the animals and action figures and Disney characters, and
narrate their adventures, for hours and hours. It was just what I did. Before I
could write or read, I told the stories of my toys. And then one day, Dad took
notes on the story I was telling, and typed it up for me. That’s where it
really started. After that, I learned to read and write, and started writing
little books, and Mom became my editor. But it took me until junior high to
really start identifying as a writer. Before that, I honestly thought I was
going to be an actress, even though I wasn’t very good at it, and didn’t really
enjoy it. I think because the storytelling thing was just something I’d always
done, I didn’t recognize it as special, or even as “art” at all – but it was
always there, and eventually I recognized it as such, and now it’s what I want
to do with the rest of my life.

Things REALLY took off once I realized that Disney World had
a writing internship…but if I start talking about THAT, then we’ll be here all
day.

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?

That’s a really interesting question. When my big sister was
looking at colleges, I started picking up literary journals from the schools we
visited, and I started noticing a troubling pattern in the works published
there: they were overwhelmingly sad. I concluded then that sadness must be the
easiest emotion to evoke in a story, and the true challenge was to create
something that made people happy.

Bad things do happen in the stories I write, but they very
rarely end that way. Books and movies that end in hopelessness bother me. By
all means, kill your darlings and send me to bed crying, but give me a reason
to get up in the morning! This is a very roundabout way of answering that a
feature I include in my work is hope. My stories are most often about people looking
at the world and seeing not only the bad that is, but the good that could be,
and working to make that good come to be. I think a lot of people perceive hope
and optimism as naïve, and sadness and despair as true art. It’s fine to have
that opinion, but I don’t subscribe to it. I see art in joy, and in the
challenge of creating joy, and in taking on that challenge. I see art in hope.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

You are not completely unique, and that is a good thing.
It’s a good thing because it means that you have something to offer that will
resonate with other people. You are not so different from the rest of the world
that nobody will ever understand; rather, you have something to create that
other people need. Create what is true to you, what is so true to you that it
feels like no one else in the world may have ever felt the way that you feel
about it. Create it and share it with the world. And someday, someone will walk
up to you, and nervously shake your hand, and say, “That’s exactly how I feel.
Thank you for turning it into art.”

Also, I highly recommend learning the skill of biting your
tongue and saying “thank you, I’ll consider it” to critique. It’s not an easy
skill to develop. Feedback is key to growth, and while you don’t have to TAKE
all the feedback anyone ever gives you (you won’t take most of it, and that’s
the way it should be!), it’s good to hear feedback. Feedback is how you learn
what people are getting out of your art, whether your art is doing what you
want it to do to the people you want it to do stuff to. I hope that sentence
makes sense. I’d appreciate feedback on that sentence.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Demisexual, usually. Recently I’ve been feeling a bit more
solidly ace; my body on occasion will send me a surprise bout of “nonononono”
even when I’m with someone I am very much emotionally connected to.

I don’t even know what’s up with my romantic orientation.
It’s like it plays “duck duck goose,” where it’ll go “duck duck duck…” over
everyone around me for ages and then suddenly “GOOSE! YOU HAVE A CRUSH!!!”

I like things to make sense, so it’s all a bit frustrating
for me, but I’m training myself to make peace with the uncertainty. Having
words like “demisexual” and “asexual” and “sex-positive” and “sex-repulsed” to
throw around helps some. I like having words for things.

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

Nothing’s been explicitly directed towards me, but romance
is such a prevalent part of the stories we tell that I can’t help but be
nervous. I’m nervous that I won’t be able to write a love story that someone
will want to read, because I can’t know what it’s like to be the allosexual
people that mainstream romances are about. I’m nervous that putting ace people
in my stories, or being frank about demisexuality, will bring more trouble down
on me than good. But this is my life, this is my truth, and these are the
stories that I wish, oh god do I wish, that I had had when I thought that I was
broken. How could I not write that? But I’m nervous, so how CAN I write that?

Fortunately, I found an incredibly supportive feminist arts
community at my university, and I felt safe enough there to read a piece about
figuring out my sexuality at an open mic. After the show, an audience member
came up to me and thanked me, because what I had read was exactly how it was
for them figuring out their sexuality. That’s when it hit me that however
nervous I was, I couldn’t let that get in the way of creating my art. People
need to know that they’re not alone. And coming up against ninety-nine readers
who think I’m some faker special snowflake is worth it if I can get to the
hundredth reader who needs to hear that they’re not alone.

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

That it doesn’t exist.

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

…Honestly, I wish someone had advice to give ME, because I
struggle with it plenty. What I do know to remind myself of as much as I can is
this: your sexuality does NOT make you a burden, and anyone who makes you feel
like it is can walk the plank.

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

I have an electronic portfolio at https://sophieakatz.wordpress.com/,
and I’ve just begun a writing Tumblr in an attempt to self-promote – you can
find that at https://sophieakatz.tumblr.com/.
Go ahead and send me a message there if you want to chat about anything! Or you
could contact me at http://ohthewhomanity.tumblr.com/;
that’s the blog where I use the “story ideas” tag.
You can also find my Odyssey articles every week at https://www.theodysseyonline.com/user/@sophiekatz.

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

Interview: Eliza

Today we’re joined by Eliza. Eliza is a phenomenal visual artist who also writes and does some performance art. Most of what she does is writing and fanart, including cosplay. Eliza also does some dancing and acting too. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I work in multiple genres of art. I do visual art, fan art,
cosplay, writing, dancing, and acting. Specifically
I do fanart and writing.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is seeing other artists my age doing
amazing things, which gives me the hope to be like them.

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

I actually got interested in art by accident, but it still
happened. I’ve been an artist since I was 7 years old.

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?

Sometimes I put DS in my art

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Criticism is necessary, but don’t take it if it doesn’t help
you. No matter what people say, you will get better in art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as an asexual aromantic

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

I actually haven’t yet. Except for the occasional
‘asexuality isn’t real’ comment. I usually just ignore the comment or delete
it.

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

The most common misconception I see is that asexuality is
just an excuse for not getting laid.

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

Don’t let other people tell you what you can and cannot be.

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

Other than Tumblr, where my art is at either at Unis-Trash-Stash or at xthe-space-rebels,
I am also on IFunny as Uniway.

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

Interview: Tamare Rosemov

Today we’re joined by Tamare Rosemov. Tamare is a wonderful poet who hopes to publish his poetry one day. He writes mostly short free verse poetry and has sometimes posted it publicly. He is clearly a dedicated and passionate writer as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I write short free verse poetry which I sometimes post publicly.
I usually only share my poetry with a couple close friends, although I do hope
to get published someday.

What inspires you?

My emotions are the basis for my work as well as my greatest
inspiration. I love the way that poetry can aid in the struggle against the impermanence
of life – a small burst of joy or sorrow can retain its original vigor when
expressed in a few meaningful phrases. This urge to commemorate my favorite
moments and feelings inspires me as strongly as emotion itself.

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

My interest in poetry increased significantly when I was hit
with depression. I discovered that poetry could be a wonderful coping mechanism
for making sense of the emotions and problems that haunted me. As for being an
artist, it was never on my mind until I realized that I need art in my life,
and perhaps it might become part of my professional career in the future.

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?

My favorite poems include sea imagery. I grew up in a small
European seaside town, and the sea remains to me the ultimate object of
nostalgia as well as a metaphor for many parts of my life.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up on art even if you’re afraid of criticism or a
lack of creativity. I think we all have that desire in us; the desire to
express ourselves, and we all encounter stimuli that inspire us to create. So
even if your art does not fit somebody’s standard, if it makes you feel more
whole, keep on creating.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as a heteroromantic asexual, and until recently I
thought I was just an extremely innocent heterosexual. It still shocks me that
I’m that different from the person I always considered myself to be.

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

I have not encountered much prejudice, and I acknowledge that
I am privileged in that aspect. The worst I’ve encountered is ignorance because
I haven’t come out to many people for fear of damaging my relationships.

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

Probably the idea that asexuals don’t exist. It’s annoying
when someone seems to accept my asexuality but then proclaims smugly, “You’re
just very pure”, “Everyone wants sex”, or “You’re just too shy to express your
dirty thoughts”. I know how I feel, and even though I’m still getting used to
it, I am an asexual and asexuality is a valid identity.

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

Don’t be ashamed of who you truly are. Sexuality is as deep
as the human mind, and the human mind is an enigma. We might never know why our
minds work the way they do, but what we do know is that our minds can create,
think, analyze, love. So, no matter what your sexuality is, love yourself.

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

I post my bad and good poetry at https://allpoetry.com/BlueCandlelight;

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

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Signal Boost: Kai Collart

Hello all!

A recent interviewee recently reached out and requested some help. Kai Collart is just a wonderfully talented fanartist (interview found here: Tumblr & WordPress). They need some help covering the cost of housing and medication. This is what’s written on their YouCaring page:

Hey guys, my name is Kai Collart. I need a little help. I need to
move by August, and I need to save up first and last month’s rent. I’m
currently between jobs, and struggling to pay my current rent. I also
need to save up money so I can have time off after my top surgery. (I’m
transgender, by the way, so this surgery is really important to me.) All
of this is happening so fast, and I can’t afford to do this on my own.
If I don’t have money to move by August, I’m not going to have a place
to go, as my lease ends in August, and we can’t renew it, as the
landlord is selling the house. I’m sorry to be asking for help, but I’m
in a really tight spot. Thank you for your support!

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!

MY
TESTOSTERONE ISN’T COVERED BY THE PHARMAHEALTHCARE PLAN, AND WILL ONLY
BE COVERED IF I WAS A BIOLOGICAL MAN, AS STATED BY THE REQUIREMENTS. I
NEED TO HAVE $80 BY FRIDAY, AND I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, I CAN’T EVEN BUY
FOOD RIGHT NOW. PLEASE SHARE OR DONATE, THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR MY
HEALTH.

He also requested I included this additional information in the signal boost: “
I am willing to write a short story of any kind for anyone who donates,
as long as they let me know what they want written, as I have stated in
my Tumblr post as well.”

Once again, here’s his YouCaring page:https://www.youcaring.com/kaicollart-1160920

So if you can help out an ace in need, I know that Kai would be just so incredibly grateful. And please share this as well. Let’s help an ace artist out 🙂

Thank you, everybody!

Plan for this Week

Hello all!

Well, C2E2 was a blast. I got to hang out with a lot of really good friends. The panel went okay, though I wasn’t exactly … pleased that another panelist on the panel basically put me in a position where I was forced to reveal I have a learning disability. There’s really no excuse for that.

However, meeting and talking to so many wonderful asexual identifying artists more than made up for that small bit of unpleasantness. I really can’t say this enough: I love meeting and talking with asexual artists. All of you are so wonderful and generous with your time and I love hearing you talk about your projects 😀

I hope some of the artists who attended the panel contact me because I want to feature you on this site and share your awesomeness with all the other aces out there.

Okay, so as fun as the convention was, it was also exhausting. I’m completely worn out, people. I need today to recharge my batteries so to speak. My apologies.

Later tonight, I’m going to write up a small signal boost for Kai, who could really use some support at the moment (if you’re so inclined, please visit his YouCaring page and donate if you can: https://www.youcaring.com/kaicollart-1160920). That post will go up tomorrow.

I have no interviews scheduled, so I’ll post another call for interviews on Wednesday.

The Kindle eBooks of my first two novels are still on sale through today (Sere from the Green & Through Storm and Night)

Thanks, everybody! 🙂

Signal Boost: Another eBook Sale

Hello all!

As you all know, I’ll be speaking on a panel at C2E2 this weekend (more information found here and here).
To celebrate, I’ve decided to have an eBook sale on the first two books of my series.

From April 5th – 9th, the eBook of Sere from the Green will be FREE and Through Storm and Night will be 0.99!

If you’re a fan of fantasy starring strong queer women (including adoptees, written by an adoptee) or you know anyone who is, please check out my books. And consider leaving a review. Being an indie author, I’m relying heavily on word of mouth and signal boosts 🙂

Here’s some more information on the books:

Sere from the Green

There is a race that lives among humans, unbeknownst to
them, called shape shifters, those that can shift from human to animal at will.
Many protect the innocent on Earth and act as the eyes and ears of the guardians,
divine beings similar to gods in ancient myths.

Isis is a woman who lives a normal life until the day she
photographs a murder scene for her job. When the body disappears from her
photographs, Isis is determined to solve the mystery. Her investigation
uncovers answers about her own past and sets her on a journey that will change
her life forever.

Buy here

Through Storm and Night

The Meadows is home to the guardians, a race of beings
similar to the deities in ancient mythology. They watch over the Earth from
their serene lands, keeping everything in check. For millennia, it has been
peaceful. However, in the beginning, there was a great war. A war with Chaos, a
war that is still remembered in the legends of the guardians and shape
shifters.

Months have passed since Isis’, a shape shifter/guardian
hybrid and member of the prophesied Four, narrow escape from the Obsidian
Manor. The Four still haven’t found answers about the mysterious Coop and their
search for the Key has yielded nothing but more questions. When an old alliance
is reforged, the Four are thrown into another mystery. Who are the strange
shape shifters known only as the “glowing-eyes” and what is their
connection to the odd symbol and vanishing bodies?

Buy here

Once again, this sale runs from April 5th – 9th.

I hope those of you who already have books are enjoying them and thanks for picking them up 🙂

Thank you so much everybody!

Interview: Kai Collart

Today we’re joined by Kai Collart. Kai is a phenomenal fanfiction writer who writes fics in the One Piece fandom. He particularly enjoys writing Zosan fics. While he mostly writes short stories, Kai also has a few multi-chapter fics too. It’s clear he loves to write, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I
mostly write fanfics for the One Piece
fandom, specifically Zosan. They’re mostly just short stories but I
have a few multi-chapter fics in mind that I may create someday. I do also make
my own short stories and what not but I keep those for myself and my close
friends. I’m not as active as I used to be, as I’m
spending more time editing other people’s
work rather than making my own.

What inspires you?

The
thing that inspires me most is music. I can’t
write unless I have music in the background, usually set in the mood of what I’m
writing. Going outside on walks also inspires me and helps me create new
ideas, as well as brainstorming with my fiancée also helps.

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

I’ve
always been interested in writing and storytelling since I can remember really.
My grandpa used to make up these elaborate stories for us and get us to add
onto it with him and since then I’ve
been hooked. I can’t go a day without creating my own
little world and making little stories along the way.

Reading
fanfics is what got me into writing them as I wasn’t
always satisfied with the content, or the lack thereof that I had access to. I
wanted to provide my own ideas for others to enjoy in their own time without
having to pay for it.

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?

I don’t really have anything that I can
think of that’s unique to my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

No
matter what anyone says to you, good or bad, just keep creating. There will
always be at least one person that will love and be inspired by your work and
that in itself is worth it. But even then, create your art for you. Be your own
inspiration when you can.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m
a sex repulsed asexual, panromantic. I also happen to be a transgender male and
also polyamorous.

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

I
have indeed encountered plenty of ace prejudice in my time, mostly by my
ex-boyfriend. At first I tried to educate him on it but when he seemed
uninterested I just distanced myself from it. If a person isn’t
willing to learn about or accept who I am, there is only so much I can do
before I just have to walk away and take care of myself.

More often than not, people will accept it and move on for
me.

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

Mostly
I have encountered people saying that asexuality isn’t
a thing and I just need to find the right person, that I’m
picky, or even that I’m just afraid of sex because I’ve
been hurt. Most people who have said these things tell me that it’s
impossible not to be attracted to a gender and that I just need to choose
something.

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

Just
be yourself. Find people that will accept you, reach out to other aces if you
can and talk to them. Share your story if you feel comfortable doing so. Don’t
let people pressure you into doing something you don’t
want to do, if you’re in a relationship with a person who
is guilt tripping you over not having sex or not being sexually attracted to
them, maybe it’s time to get out of that relationship
if you can’t work it out. You’re
not alone, we stand with you.

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

https://archiveofourown.org/users/Torchi_chan
is
where I post the work that I’m comfortable sharing. Some may be NSFW and most are pretty sad.

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