We had the good fortune of connecting with Cole Higgins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cole, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I come from a family of artists. From a young age I found so much joy in making movies and drawing. Being creative is pivotal to my well being and I plan on nurturing that for the rest of my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love my work and feel blessed to have a career focused around my passions. I had to work hard to get where I am today and definitely got some lucky breaks along the way. Projects that I am most proud of include publishing a narrative art book in 2019 called The Way: Age of Darkness. I created an album cover for the band Awolnation along with directing a music video, and mini series for the band. Currently I’m directing my own series based off of my art book. As for my art I get inspiration from nature and my own subconscious. When given the right setting and headspace, the subconscious sends messages from below. I enjoy exploring root emotions. We live in an advanced society but all our desires and emotions have been the same for thousands of years. I believe that good and evil exists and there is something greater than what we see before us. I try to incorporate all this into my work. I love drawing, sculpting, making music, animation and new technology. For my current series I have turned my studio into a one-man animation pipeline. I have a motion capture suit and all sorts of fun programs that allow me to do the job of many artists. The future of storytelling will be in the hands of much smaller teams. We are going to see some very personal animation and film coming out of the next decade. I am excited to be a part of that future.
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?
If I had some friends staying for the week I would take a day or two and show them around my town Evergreen. We would go hike at Sisters Trail with the dogs and then spend some time at the lake. We would either kayak or ice skate depending on the season. After that we would go to some of the great breweries in town like Revival or Evergreen Brewery. At night we would go out to dinner at Willow Creek for cocktails and excellent food. I would suggest we stay in Steamboat or Glenwood for a couple nights to enjoy the town and it’s hot springs. Colorado has so many hot springs and it’s a great way to take in a new town. Finally it would be fun to spend a day in Denver going vintage shopping and checking out new restaurants. My wife and I discovered the vintage store Garage Sale and we found some great stuff.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shoutout to my wife Courtney for understanding my art and keeping me on track. She is great at hearing my ideas and helping me to hone in how to take it to the finish line. Also to my Dad for reminding me that life is full of mystery.
Jake Schmidt @jakeschmidtphoto