We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarize “Smoonie” Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarize “Smoonie”, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue my childhood dream, pretty much. I was never good at anything else besides writing, but writing never stuck out to me as a career, at least not like art. Art is something I feel like I owe to myself and I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is very versatile. I grew up drawing characters and graffiti for a long period of time until I got older and took art classes. Since I’m still in school, I’m constantly learning and obtaining new skill sets every day. I don’t like to just stick to one thing as I get bored quickly and find myself switching off to something different often. My inspirations come from my personal experiences, school, and my surroundings. I’ve learned a lot about myself throughout my journey as an artist. One of my biggest struggles is self-discipline and overcoming mental barriers. In my art, I like to speak about a lot of different things, but I also like to have fun.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to art museums, my favorite food spots, the beaches, my favorite stores, and anywhere they’d like to go, really. To me, the most fun and exciting places to be are the skatepark, a normal park of sorts, the beach, and a friend’s house.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank my art professor/mentor John Selburg for motivating me and helping me realize that I was more than capable of pursuing art and becoming successful. He is also the reason I met my small group of friends I know consider family.