Madison – Calgary Makeup Artist

One day not too long ago I was kicking around Instagram and I came across one of Madison’s pictures. That picture lead me to her feed and I started to follower her on Instagram. After seeing a bunch of great photos of her there, one day I commented that she should be on this site and if she would be interested in doing such a thing. To my delight she said she would! So after a few emails we sorted out a date and met up in MacKenzie Towne.

We met at the Second Cup coffee shop on High Street. I got there first and when Madison came in she ordered and then walked over to the table I was at. I got up to shaker her hand and she was going for the hug, it was kind of funny but it gets better. I thought, oh ok we’re hugging it out, cool. Then mid hug I proceeded to step on her beautiful shoes LOL. SMOOTH! This first interaction made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with you guys. Sorry about that Madison! haha 😉

Once settled, we hung out and had a wonderful conversation and got to know each other a little before we did the interview. Madison is very friendly and super easy to talk too. I really enjoyed the conversation we had and the photo shoot was fun too! Here is what she had to say.

Madison
Camera: Canon 5D mark ii & 135L – Setting: 1/125th // f2 // ISO 1250

* The lighting situation was a little difficult for this shot because it was raining and we had to shoot in this covered area with some bad lighting over top. I used a silver reflector to camera left to try and fill in some of the shadows.

1. Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta.

2. Nice, have you lived here all of your life?
Yes I have.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I love living in Calgary.

4. What is it that you love about Calgary?
I guess the thing I love about Calgary the most is just family. I think when you grow up rooted in a place with everyone around, you fall in love with it for that reason I guess. And I think the beauty of Calgary, just hot in the summer and I like the cold in the winter, and I think most people would like it if they physically didn’t have to drive to work and they could just watch it out there window or go outside midday and like make snow angles or whatever they would do. (laughter).

5. Is there anything that you don’t like about Calgary? Or do you just love it all? Most people would have a problem with the winter, but not you 🙂
Ya, that’s definitely not an issue for me. I think that you should appreciate everything about where you are and so many people focus on the negatives. I think winter is beautiful and it would be better if I didn’t have to drive in it to get to work, one day maybe. I guess about Calgary, the one thing I don’t like is how separated sometimes it is.

Rob: Ya, like how spread out it is?

Madison: Ya, so like in a scence I loved when after flood, how everyone came together and it was amazing. I wish there was more of that I guess, as a posed to just individual communities. Because you go to a new community and your not really involved in it.

Rob: Ya I get that.

6. What do you like to do for fun?
I guess my career (make up artistry) is what I like to do for fun. Like with make up and making women feel beautiful with them selfs and confident, that’s what I love to do. And it’s funny, because I actually originally was going into accounting and I left accounting to pursue cosmetics. So I guess I was always interested in it and fashion, and now that’s what I do all the time. 

Rob: Ya I couldn’t see you being an accountant (laughter). I just can’t picture it, you sitting behind a desk crunching numbers (laughter).

Madison: Ya you grow up and people ask you, “What are you good at?” and I was good at math, so I had a list of careers and I’m like, “Ok I’ll do that” and I went 2 years and I’m like “This is not for me”. And now I’m doing what I absolutely love and what I’m passionate about and that’s what matters.

Rob: Nice, that’s cool. You made the right choice.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
I would say, Calgary, it’s such a mix of people, which is great because you have almost every kind of culture, which I think it’s the coolest thing. Because it’s not just a stereotype, it’s absolutely everyone. So cultured, you learn so many things and I think you learn to appreciate people and just everything they have to off and bring to the table. It gives you the experience to learn different cultures and you take away what you want from it and then you can be a better person because of it almost. (In a joking sappy voice) That’s why I love Calgary. (laughter)

Rob: Nice, good answer 🙂

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8. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have, I actually went to horse camp when I was younger (laughter). 

Rob: What! Horse camp? Ok tell me more about horse camp, I gotta know (laughter).

Madison: Ok, so it’s actually camp Chief Hector is what the camp’s called. You do horse back trips and it’s like a 5 day trip and it’s like an excurtion almost so you have backpacks that you carry and you like camp up and build tents and fires and everything. You tie your horse up.

Rob: YOU!

Madison: (laughter) Ya I did this.

Rob: I can’t even picture that a tiny  bit. You with a backpack on a horse going camping (laughter).

Madison: I did do this. I lasted and I made it up all the mountains we had to climb and ya. It was good. Horse back riding is so much fun. If I had more time, I’d like to play with that a little more, because it was really fun now that I’m thinking back on that. I did like that, I think I just like animals though.

Rob: Nice.

9. Anything you’d like to add?
Hmm… I don’t know. I guess really we are talking about Calgary and honestly I think it’s one of the best places. I have been to a lot of the US and even a little bit of Western Canada, I can’t say I’ve went more eastern, but it’s just the most excepting and I find culturely diverse areas and I love that about it. 

Rob: Nice, thanks for doing this.

Madison: No worries, I love doing stuff like this.

* The most fun I had out of all these Calgary strangers so far 🙂 Thanks again Madison, it was nice to meet you.

* You can find Madison on Facebook HERE.

Ryan – 10@10 Hip Hop in Calgary

A DJ friend of mine (Mista Wilson) set up an introduction to Ryan through his friend Marie. I met Marie and Ryan in front of the Ubu Lounge a little before people starting showing up for a hip hop night that Ryan and his friends put on. Ryan told me a little bit about the night and showed me around the venue quickly. After a quick look around Ryan and I went back to the street to conduct our interview. Here is what he had say!
* A few more photos from the night follow the interview.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/320th // f1.2 // ISO 400

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary

2. Have you lived here all your life?
I was born in Calgary

3. Nice.  Do you like living in Calgary?
Yeah, I enjoy living in Calgary.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well, like, even with a lot of other Canadians too who are like born and raised somewhere else, like, there’s a lot of nostalgic feeling for the place where you were born, and the place where you are familiar with , like most of my friends.  For me that’s Calgary.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to listen to music, watch sports, chill with the hommies.

6. So you are putting on this night.  Why don’t you tell me a bit about the night that we are at? How did it start?
It started as an idea from my boy Rock Media about creating a night where we invite 10 local hip hop acts down to do quick sets and kinda like a sign up and open mic format.  And it started with that and the way it grew from that point which is just kinda natural within itself.

7. How long have you guys been doing this night?
I believe this is our 24th month or 22nd month? I’m off on that one so I don’t know

Rob: Around there!

Around there, if that (Laughter)

8. So has it always been done here?
Yeah,  it’s always been done here at the Ubu Lounge here in Theatre Grand.

9. How long do you plan to do this night?  Is it gonna be a long standing thing?
Um, you know at this point…It’s not even the foresight, you know.  We never even thought it’d be this long. At the same time, it’s hard to envision local hip hop without it.

10. So what else is happening in the City as far as the hip hop community goes?
I don’t know, but from 10 @ 10 being a hub, it’s kinda nice to see like, as you invite more artists down to perform, it’s different artists meeting other artists, and different visual artists meeting other visual artists or photographers meeting artists as well, ya know. And then seeing the collaborations even from the events.  Seeing, you know, an act from one month, with an act from a different month doing a song together and your seeing kinda like those kinda fruitations of the culture. It’s showing more growth and you know than whats within the realm of my reach.  Cause there could still be great stuff being created anywhere, but if I’m not hearing it is it my hip hop or no?

11. So how do you get the acts?
People who attend kinda see what we’re doing and how it’s being done.  And they send us an e-mail at 10at10showcase@gmail.com or they hit us up on twitter @10at10calgary.  And then we ask them to send us a set list some links to their media and they we just kinda go through the email list.  And we do try to give everyone an opportunity to perform, so at all levels we encourage people to send music in.

12. Alright cool. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
It’s hard to describe, because I’m not even a travelled guy too much.  I travelled a little bit and it really opened up my eyes about what the world is like.  But Calgary’s just like, Midwest, big city with small town hospitality and that’s pretty much it.

13. Is there anything else you can think of that you’d like to add, that people might want to know about your night?
Since the conception of this, we’ve actually ran this free of charge for almost over a year and a half now.  So it’s just here to develop the hip hop community of Calgary.  We’re just creating a place where people can practice their craft, promote their craft, and diversify their collaborations coming out of their own art.  So come on down.  Tell your friends who are talented, we don’t have to all be bedroom rappers and producers and not you know, create something as a city.

14. Cool, last question. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have ridden a horse.

Alright, that’s it!

* Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Ryan! I’ll see you next month 😉 Also, thanks to DJ Mista Wilson & Marie for the introduction to Ryan. I would also like to add that I stuck around for a couple hours to check out the night and it was super good and had a lot of cool people attending. 10@10 is definitely worth checking out!

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Danu – A Calgary Artist

I met Danu in front of the Motion Art Gallery. I quick explained to him what the blog was about and he was more than happy to have a quick chat. After my initial questions we go to chatting about other things and art. Danu than informed me he was currently working on some paintings inside the art gallery, so away we went to see what he was painting. He had some pretty cool paintings and he was a pretty cool and down to earth guy. If your interested in checking out some of his work you can find some of his work at the Motion Gallery in Calgary or swing by his Facebook group for more information. (Danu has a website at infiniterealities.org, however it seems to be down at this moment in time)

Danu - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/250th // f1.2 // ISO 1000

1. Where are you from?
Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
Yup.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I like stuff about Calgary, like it’s a pretty good city. There is lots of nice people and stuff.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I usually just paint and make music and I don’t know, go on adventures, that’s fun. And go to movies.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Umm, there’s lots of nice people here.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have.

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Umm, the horse was cool (laughter).

– Thank you for talking to me Danu! 🙂

Violet – Studio Photographer & Artist

So today I saw a guy walking along with a empty tray of food at the Eau Claire Market. I figured, this guy can’t be too busy, so I asked him if he would be interested in being on the blog. After I told him about it he informed me that he had a studio in the building and told me the girl there would probably be into it. Off Yoshi went to dispose of his empty tray and away I went to meet this girl.

In the studio I found a very cool and easy going girl named Violet. I told her Yoshi had sent me and explained to her about the blog. To no surprise she was into it 🙂 Here is what Violet had to say about Calgary.

Violet - Calgary of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/125th // f2 // ISO 3200

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Ontario, but I was born in BC.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
The music scene and the economy.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I do, it’s pretty fun!

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Everyday is a new adventure here.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I do art and music and a lot of different things. I was tie-dyeing and making music. We have different cook off’s, gingerbread making parties. Lots of things, my friends are musical. Art days and I have a few different photography jobs.
Rob: Well ya, I’m standing here in a studio with you (laughter).
Violet: It’s pretty fun.
Rob: Ya, we have things in common.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Hmmm, (laughter) I’m not sure, I would say that it’s like (pause), Toronto but with a home town feel.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Ya lots, but not here (laughter)

8. Anything you’d like to add? Website or anything?
My website? Sure, you can find me on facebook at Vybe Visuals or google Violet Brown and you’ll find me.

* Thank you Yoshi and Violet for being so cool! Had a fun time talking shop in the studio with you guys.

Lisa

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Camera: Canon 7D & 50L – Settings: 1/250th // f5.6 // ISO 100. 1 550EX through an umbrella to camera left & one bare 550EX directly behind.

1. Where are you from?
Originally, I’m from a small farming community south of Brooks called Rainier (Alberta, Canada).

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I moved here to go to university and I’m still going to school!

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I have to say I wish it were warmer! Summers are a bit too cool for me and winters are definitely waaay too cold! That said, it’s my first experience living in a city, so I have to say it has been pretty good overall.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
It is so much easier to access arts events! And grocery stores and pretty much everything else too (compared to home anyway). Arts events take the cake for me though.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
Well music is probably my number one ‘fun’ activity. I love performing and seek out new opportunities whenever I can.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Well it seems to bridge country and city. Returning from travel adventures, I’ve definitely noticed a more country-ish vibe, but it definitely feels city-ish coming back from home.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yup! Not in recent years though 🙂

8. Anything you’d like to add?
Hmm…I can’t think of anything else but probably will after this is published!

– You can find more information on Lisa at her website: http://www.lisagraham.ca