We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesus Suarez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesus, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
An art career was not my first choice. Like many other people I tried to go the conventional way and stay “in the family business” by attending Engineering school. My father’s an Engineer and he had his own company back home, so it was the obvious step to take. But I quickly realized that’s not what i wanted to do. Lots of technical discussions and math was definitely not very interesting to me, and while attending school I met a guy who used Photoshop in his spare time. Can’t even remember his name but he introduced me to it, and I started playing around with that in my own time and eventually decided to make the switch and pursue a title in Graphic Design. Later on I was introduced to Motion Graphics and 3D and that was pretty much game over for me. With my computer I have the opportunity to create my own worlds, explore and tell stories that otherwise I would not be able to.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It hasn’t been easy and I’m definitely not where I want to be yet but I can recognize I’ve come very far. In a couple of years I went from working on local projects and brands to being part of international teams for projects like the 2019 TEDx opening titles in Sydney, Australia or working on graphics for feature films and being a teacher and mentor for students around the world. I don’t think challenges ever stop and if they do then that’s probably not a good sign. I overcome mine by trying to keep a mindset of not being afraid (even though like every other human being, I am) and giving it my best. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail but it’s all part of the process. Today I’m able to work with very talented people that are always pushing the envelope and pushing me as well so Ii’m proud and humble about that opportunity. I have gotten praise by my peers and even people around the world I don’t know personally and have been able to win awards but I feel like my journey hasn’t even started yet. I want to be recognized and respected in the industry (I mean who doesn’t) not only for being a skilled artist but also a good human being and hopefully I’mi’m on the right track to do so. I just started a Patreon where I aim to help people improve their technical, artistic and business skills by sharing my experience and I’m really excited about this endeavor but I hope to continue working on more high end projects with talented artists around the world as well. The best lesson I’ve learned over the years is that no matter how talented and skilled you are, if you are not a polite and an easy person to work with, a good team player, you are not going to succeed. Stay humble and open minded, it is very important.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not one to go out that much so I don’t know all the great places, but back from my university days here in Orlando, I used to love going to Park Avenue (by Rollins college) It’s a really relaxed area with lots of little bars and restaurants where you can go and get some good food and drinks. There’s also a park close by and a couple of museums. Other than that me and my wife enjoy going to Disney Springs and more specifically the restaurant called Frontera. It’s a really nice Mexican restaurant we recently discovered and the food and drinks are excellent! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely shout out to my wife. Without her support I would not have been able to push as hard as I have to get to where I am today. She’s there when I need some advice, a second set of eyes or simply a push when I’m frustrated and impostor syndrome kicks in. So she definitely deserves recognition for supporting me and being there during the good, the bad and the crazy times. Where I am is her success as much as it is mine.