We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Hugue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is a major key in my career honestly, it’s like the fear before you jump into a pool knowing you could swim or drown. The thoughts before you jump are rushing at 100mph to your brain then you just jump, and in the moment of being in the air for 10 seconds, it feels like the time slowed down before you going to hit the water. Soon as you hit the water now you have to process either “I am going to swim or float” and that’s the only part you could honestly control. FYI the object is to take the smart risk. Risk-Taking is what I did most of my life when it came down to it, opening up my own business and art brand that was a huge risk, also going to school for the arts instead of playing sports in college all those was a risk I took to help better my life. The quote I tend to use is “If a lion doesn’t hunt, he doesn’t eat”.
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.
About your art My Art is many things over the years I was always trying to find my identity as an artist I would find an artist I like, and try to mimic their style to define my own style. That only got me so far as an artist, so I would research the great artist such as Michelangelo, Davinci, and other greats. To be honest I loved their work and style and I appreciate their craftsmanship for the time they were in. It made me look at my art differently and one thing I took from the greats is their artwork lasted over ages and generations. That’s when it clicked for me I wanted my artwork to last over generations, so I worked and kept pushing into I found the style of art that I loved and that fitted me. Overcoming the challenges? Starting out as an artist and going to school to study graphic design help me push my craft to another level, it was moments when I thought I should have been studying art instead of graphic design. Graphic design was like a distant cousin Yes, I could draw and paint but I didn’t understand the design process. Attending Miami International University I had a professor and he told me one day after class ” I don’t think this profession is for you” I was frustrated for days I wanted to drop out of college. It was already a culture shock for me but I understood this was a risk I had to take either I was going to sink or swim, so I kept pushing forward. Also, my mom would have killed me if I would have dropped out of college. I later understood the process of design and developed my own style of design with graduating with my B.A of Fine Art in Graphic Design. Lessons you’ve learned along the way? The lesson I learned along the way is “Rome wasn’t built in a day” the goal is to continue to push forward regardless of the outcome either you going to sink or swim only you can control that part of life. They’re going to be hardships ahead that’s part of the process. One thing my spiritual father (Pastor Willie Felton) always mention is you have to work the process. Meaning you have to go through the process, also the process is what makes you the person you are today. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? My brand is inspiring and that it shows the quality of life and the process every brush stroke is formed by the process of paint mixing together to bring out the painting colors and style. This what sets me apart from other artists, I want to give you real-life through art. The goal for you is to have a conversation when you see my work and if that happens then my job is done.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place to go is everywhere depending on what’s open. Honestly, for me, I love to eat at Miami’s Best Pizza in South Miami. Their pizza is to die for; I love going to Miami Beach to enjoy the waves and ocean blue. Also, we may hit the mall and just hang out grab a bite to eat catch a Miami Hurricanes game.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, I love to shoutout my family, honestly most importantly my amazing wife Simonie Hugue. She plays an amazing role in keeping me on my toes, always making sure I put my best foot forward. My mother for always pushing me to do what I love throughout the good times and the bad. Also my dad’s Michael Hugue, Pierre Belizaire, for holding me accountable for becoming the man I am today. The organization I would love to shout out is Living Word Christian Center International growing into the spiritual faith. This amazing organization has pushed me and many ways of teaching me what it is to be a Godly man. Honestly, the list goes on but I can only mention so much here.
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