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I have a really good eye and an interest in many things, Jack of many trades, and master of a few, you might say. I'm interested in Harajuku fashion and enjoy taking photographs that fit that same sort of "aesthetic." I have an interest in cosplay and costume making, as well as creative (and occasionally FX) makeup.
Enis, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Creative Director?
I've always had an interest in managing and directing. It was after I managed my boyfriend's high school play (which he directed), I realised that this was something I would enjoy doing as a career. I aspire to become a successful designer and director in many projects. I'd like to do some producing on the musical and theatre fronts, as well as have my line of t-shirt designs and Harajuku style clothes. I hope to expand my photography and get better at my small hobby of black and white film photography.
Who is your inspiration in life Enis? How do you keep inspired?
A big inspiration of mine is Harajuku and Japanese fashion. Mainly Decora, Lolita, and Fairy Kei. Music also inspires me a lot. Artists like Paramore and Panic! At The Disco that is always constantly changing and trying new things always inspire me to do likewise. My family and friends always keep me inspired, especially my 3.5-year boyfriend, who's appeared in a lot of my art. The city I live in is always a constant inspiration to me. We have such a wide range of artistic cultures, the atmosphere is always changing, and I'm always discovering something new.
We all make mistakes Enis; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Creative Director; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
This is sort of difficult for me to answer. But I've always had trouble with people sometimes taking me seriously. I'm not usually a very upfront person so when I am, I'm not always listened to. But I've always been good at compromising and things have always worked out for the best in the end.
Enis, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Creative Director, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I try and make my schedule as clear as possible so everyone can work to their times and needs. I also try and make my photo shoot areas very comfortable and ask if there's any music they'd prefer to listen to while we work. I also invite them to bring friends or family members if it helps them be more comfortable. I think comfort and being able to trust me are the two most important things regarding making sure my clients get the best service possible.
Please tell us, Enis, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Creative Director?
Mainly just a lot of planning and a lot of brainstorming. In the stage play, I had to manage; I was in charge of props, sets, costumes, makeup, and music. I wanted to take on as much as I could so the director could focus on strictly directing. Due to this, I did have to be very strategic in how I gave out smaller jobs to fellow techs, and what was a priority and what should be done later. Even as the performance was going on, I had to be strategic in how set changes went to ensure that everything moved as quickly as possible and everything got done.
Enis, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I've never really had a real problem with this. The few times I have thought, I've tried drawing out or showing images similar to my ideas and doing my best to explain every detail that went into the job so that the other party understood what was going to happen. Drawings and specifically sometimes acting out what I wanted always worked well. Especially in such a creative work as this, people want to see things visually.
Enis, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Creative Director. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Honestly, despite it not quite being a specific "art director" sort of job, the stage play I managed was my biggest moment. It was the biggest job I've ever taken on, and it came out fantastic. I had such a great team that was always very patient with me, and everything went with as few hitches as possible. We were able to get all of the props we needed, the costumes we needed, we even made sure the walls were painted the right color, and the decor matched the era of the play. I had to find 12 toasters to use as props. It was insane, and a ton of work, but it all paid off in the end.
Enis, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The project I've currently been working on has been a great creative outlet for me. I'm excited to be working with these fantastic models in creating a long time dream of mine. I've stayed up until 2 am some nights just brainstorming new ideas and how to protect them effectively into this project. I've been able to get creative, even down to the makeup my models wore, and the clothes they brought to shoot in. It's been an incredible creative outlet for me.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Creative Director?
Don't let art-block stop you. Just keep creating even if you hate the results cause once you stop, it's really hard to start again. Don't ever be afraid of trying new things and new ideas. The world is constantly changing, and you can change too!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love collaboration. I love working with any creative. Any fashion collaborations, theatre, art, design. I love all of it. I'm up for directing, managing, producing, or even just backup still photography or making sure the model's makeup looks perfect. I'm all for it, 100%.
Photo 1: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenaceModel: Dennese N. Rodriguez @denneserodriguezPhoto 2 (& Cover): Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenaceModel: Dennese N. Rodriguez @denneserodriguezPhoto 3: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenaceModel: Katie Wall @mrs.ktwallPhoto 4: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenaceModel: Katie Wall @mrs.ktwallPhoto 5: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenacePhoto 6: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenacePhoto 7: Photographer: Sam Bailey @themontereysamCostume, makeup, and model: Me @EnisTheMenaceCharacter: Maximum Ride, from the book series by the same name, by author James Patterson. Photo 8: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenaceModel: Aiden RougeotPhoto 9: Photographer: Me @EnisTheMenacePhoto 10: Photographer: Sam Bailey @themontereysamCostume and model: Me @EnisTheMenaceCharacter: Maximum Ride, from the book series by the same name, by author James Patterson.