Kanya Iwana

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Kanya Iwana

Art Director / Photographer / Visual Designer

Los Angeles, California

www.kanyaiwana.com
Instagram @kanyaiwana

 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m an avant garde art director and visual + performance artist.

In the visual world I tells stories through photography, graphic design, but I also extend my services to art and creative direction for musicians, photoshoots and film as well as social media curation. 
 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I received my degree in Performance & Theatre and continued my education in Filmmaking, where I learned so many aspects of it like Directing, Cinematography, and Production Design.

After I graduated I started freelancing for small projects. 
When it comes to photography, I did a lot of observing (other artwork -- museums are dope!), going through older magazines, and analyzing films; and then, I picked up the camera and started practicing.

Two months later I got a gig with Atlantic Records to shoot Sabrina Claudio’s Album Artwork -- ya dude! I’m an advocate for “just go for it.”
 

 Album Artwork for Sabrina Claudio, “About Time” | Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Album Artwork for Sabrina Claudio, “About Time” | Courtesy of Atlantic Records

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

Taste and story. We live in a world where it’s all about content production. I like taking the time with my muses and talk to them, get to know their core and however much of their soul they want to share. I tell stories and honor the craft.
 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I’m actually working on a script right now. I’ve always loved writing -- again, it’s the core of any story. 
I’m also consistently working with artists, local brands, and individuals who just want to express themselves. This keeps me going on a day-to-day basis. 
 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

I am a fan of muted colors and soft light. My visual work is vulnerable, romantic, dreamy, and cinematically driven. Every frame tells a story.

  Ashton Sanders for House of Aama AW 2017

Ashton Sanders for House of Aama AW 2017

 

WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

Directing. I enjoy conceptualizing a story and witness it to fruition. I can apply my skills for short form mediums like Fashion Films / Branded Content, as well as developing larger scale projects like a TV Series or a Feature. HBO -- you reading this?

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Not having my own work space or studio. I always have so many ideas and I always find a way to execute them (even if it takes a couple of months), but if I have my own space, I’d be able to work at a desirable, a.k.a waaaay faster, pace and create and produce significantly more art.

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

Scheduling, work-related errands, and help me watch my baby <3

 

LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

Honestly, to take it easy, and that still pertains to now. I give myself such a hard time for not being as advanced as I’d like to be, forgetting how young I still am and how much learning I still need to do.
 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Passive effing income. I have so many ideas and need help executing in a strategic way economically.

 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I want to work with brands to create fashion films or cinematic stills for their collections. I know there’s a story in a pair of pants somewhere, and I want to tell it!

 Collaboration with Amanda de Cadenet x Warby Parker

Collaboration with Amanda de Cadenet x Warby Parker

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

An ideal client would be down to collaborate but also trust my creative aesthetics and instincts. 

Logistically, I like to work with people who are straight to the point, committed, thorough in their feedback, and pay me on time *wink*

 Collaboration with COCO AMATO and Choreographer Liz Durrenberg.

Collaboration with COCO AMATO and Choreographer Liz Durrenberg.

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

For photography, lookbooks and artist packages start at $1500; social media packages start at $300. My directing day rate starts at $1,000.

If you have a specific budget, I’d love to chat and we can adjust the work! All ears, baby.
 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

E-mail me your pitch alongside a Michael Scott quote!
 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Take longer showers.


This member profile was originally published in February 2017.