We had the good fortune of connecting with Madi Lyn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The only thing that has ever really made sense to me is film. I’ve been interested in it my whole life and completely dedicated my college studies to honing a style and vision. When life becomes too much, a film can completely change your disposition. I’ve learned countless things from the movies, from how to handle difficult emotions to how to plan the perfect heist. The ancient Greeks used theatre as a tool for emotional catharsis, and I believe film to have a very similar role in our contemporary society, As a tool, it can be used to accomplish all kinds of different goals and there’s a beauty in that. Being able to participate in something that beautiful and integral to humankind is a responsibility and a blessing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make short films and do a variety of different styles of photography. I’m incredibly proud of the stylistic shoots that explore the use of extreme colors and psychedelic aesthetics. I wouldn’t have achieved all that I’ve achieved professionally without the help of Jackson Dorfman, who helped me get my first job in film. There are so many hurdles that I’ve overcome, specifically the non-creative side of things. From the technical aspects of editing from a computer science side, to managing a schedule and communicating with clients effectively to maximize the outcome and minimize the stress, Jack and I learned together. I currently work as a remote collaborator for his company Shift23, based in Brooklyn, instructing on makeup and assisting on art direction. I want the world to know that if you’re interested in something, there will be someone else out there that is passionate about the same things. Working on the amount of bizarre, comforting, hyper saturated films, I know that I’ve find a network of oddballs that are just as excited about making something weird and fun. Embrace your oddities.
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 very first stop would definitely be Mutiny Information Café on Broadway. The atmosphere is that of unshackled artistic passion, from the employees to the decor, you can experience a realm of creativity in one small building, covered wall to wall in art from different styles. Most of the shops in that neck of the woods have a little something for everyone. We’d absolutely visit the Odditorium, a subset of Watson & CO antiques. It’s one of my favorite antique shops that specializes in the macbre and offbeat. I’ve sourced a lot of my props from their showroom including my favorite – my antique Royal typerwriter. FashioNation is always a fun time, I’ve been browsing their alt fashions since before their move to Broadway. I stumbled upon them when they were neighbors with Wax Trax, one of my favorite places to pick up records here in Colorado. An afternoon spent trying on their pin up couture is my happy place, and the owners and staff make you feel like part of the family – the Addams Family, that is. If we swung by Boulder, I’d insist on visiting Albums on the Hill. The owner, Andy, contributed to many conversations that got me through school at CU. He was even featured in one of my undergraduate projects where my fellow filmmaker and I interviewed him about his time with Mojo Nixon – the man is a hoot and a half.
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 recognize Veronica Mendoza in encouraging my vision. She is an incredible actor that has shone her heart out in my earliest films and currently is my go to model for art photography. She lifts people up to the best version of the art they want to create and then helps them accomplish the project in full.
Photography – Madi Lyn Models – Nick X Smith, Veronica Mendoza, Madi Lyn, Sarah Connelly Featured in onset photos: Madi Lyn and Jenna Wilcox, group photo (left to right): Jack Dorfman, Madi Lyn, Bruce Tsumara, Andrew McGraw, Cassi Guerra