We had the good fortune of connecting with Keenan Goodwine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keenan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been drawn to creation and making my own things. Whether it’s music or art, I’ve wanted to inspire people with my own creations in the same way that my favorite artists have inspired me. Human imagination can evoke our deepest emotions. I’ve been lucky enough to combine music and art in my career, and I feel very lucky to be working alongside other inspiring creatives.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve found myself in a unique overlap of art and music. I specialize in 2D animations and illustrations for musicians, and I attribute a lot of my success to finding my own niche to work in. I had been doing art and animation for my own bands (so I didn’t have to pay someone else to do it!) for years. I eventually started branching out and doing the same for other local musicians. I never set out to be an animator full time, but after I was fired from what I thought would be my dream job, I was put into a “sink or swim” situation. It was incredibly hard at the start, and still is. I’ve learned that, as a creative, we’re often bad at treating our work as a business (certainly still includes me). I’ve learned to respect myself and maintain the integrity and value of my work. I feel so grateful for all the wonderful musicians that have worked with me and made my business possible. I get to wake up every day and create art which I am deeply grateful for. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can often take music and arts for granted. I’d want the world to realize how much we do need the arts in our everyday lives.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Underground Music Showcase on South Broadway is undoubtedly the best time you could ever have in Denver. Three days of the best local music, art, food and beverages.
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’d like to shoutout my fiancee Ariel. She supported and believed in me from day one in starting my own business. There’s no possible way I could’ve done it without her, and I couldn’t be more thankful for her.