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Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Kafarela.

Brandon, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My creativity has always been appreciated within my friend group and family. Without trying, I was the “artsy” one “who should move to Austin.” The arts have always found a way to me. No matter what I’ve decided to pursue, I have always needed an outlet to create or appreciate art of any kind. While studying, playing sports, and working, my wardrobe was always something I felt I enjoyed curating to express my aesthetic, culture, and lifestyle. Even while working as a project manager at Chevron, I’d dress in bold patterns, colors, and fabrics—which innately made me stand out among a sea of pale blue and khaki.

While studying at the University of Houston, I decided a marketing career would help me combine both my creative and business-centric mindset. After several marketing internships and jobs at Chevron and other leading organizations, I was still unfulfilled and uninspired by the mundane administrative duties that came with this 9-to-5 lifestyle. I wished I could be grateful for working at these companies, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around sitting at a desk for the rest of my life. It never took me long to bust out of the cubicle cocoon to spend some time traveling or finding a way to create. In the midst of studying and working, I took up photography after receiving a camera for Christmas one year. Shortly after, I was selected to participate in the Post-studio Projects Micro-residency in Houston alongside other talented artists—I considered this to be a milestone in my career that affirmed my ambition to be an artist. This residency allowed me to showcase my work for the first time at an exhibition at the Capitol Street Gallery in the East End during a show titled, “Generally, Have a Nice Day.” A good friend of mine, Blue Hyman A.K.A Get Some Greens, modeled for me and collaborated to curate an interestingly playful photo shoot that helped me solidify my style and approach as a creative. This experience showed me how much the selection and placement of wardrobe could affect the entire look and feel of a production. I then decided to put my camera and focus all of my creative energy on styling.

While working at Chevron, I continued to spend my free time collaborating with other creatives on various photo shoots as a wardrobe stylist in efforts to be featured in other publications and platforms to build my CV. After a year of building a portfolio, I quit my job at Chevron and moved to New Orleans where I signed with an agency as a wardrobe stylist, and I still continue to work between Louisiana and Texas. I have worked on fashion editorials, music videos, feature films, commercials, fine art exhibitions, and more. I love working along the Gulf Coast, yet I also enjoy collaborating with creatives from other cities and bringing our unique perspectives together to produce one-of-a-kind projects.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Being born and raised in the Urban South, I am motivated and inspired by an array of vibrant cultures. I was raised in what I consider to be a colorful, expressive environment by family and friends from Houston, Colombia, Louisiana, Mexico, and other areas. I start, execute, and finish every project with a goal of holding it down for my people and my vision. We are dynamic and spirited people—I try to express that through the selection of bold patterns, colors, styles, and the inclusion of elements of my culture or those that accurately and respectfully reflect ideals intended by the creative director at hand. I like to impact and abstract the intended message whenever possible. I consider it a privilege that I am able to create for a living, and I attribute that privilege to those who came before me, the family that raised me, and friends and communities that support me. Whenever possible, I try to work with designers, photographers, hair stylists, and makeup artists within my community in efforts to let the outside world know that Houston and other cities in the South are home to extremely talented creatives who deserve the opportunities to do what we love for a living without having to move to Los Angeles or NYC. I aim to streamline this idea by continuing to work with local artists and businesses with a shared goal of paving a path for artists within fashion, film, music, and other genres to showcase our work locally and beyond.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
From my experience and observing other artists who inspire me, I’ve learned that success as an artist comes from a strong support system and community. A good friend of mine compares this idea to the image of building a human ladder—a ladder constructed by shared goals and dreams that grows an inch closer to success as our network and skill set grows over time.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Y’all can keep up with me on Instagram @tooflako and see the majority of my past work on my website, www.brandonkafarela.com.

The community can support me by reaching out to collaborate and booking me for a project. Whether they need help improving a modeling portfolio, working on a fashion show, styling a music video, producing a commercial, or any other production of any kind, I’d be happy to meet anyone with questions about how or why a wardrobe stylist can help improve the quality and impact of their next project.

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 Image Credit:
Photographer: Mandy Torres
Wardrobe: Paradox Vested Relics

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