Artist Spotlight - Chris Brown

(Portrait Photo Credit:  MIchael A. Muller)

(Portrait Photo Credit:  MIchael A. Muller)

All too often the media we consume on a daily basis is dominated and manipulated with soul sucking stories of chaos and crime.  Consume enough of it and eventually it will alter your perspective of the world, it will jade you. 

Enter Chris Brown... an incredible artist and a hell of a guy.  As the sole curator and custodian of a publication called Refueled, his tireless journey to discover and share content that will leave you inspired is a refreshing change.  Check out our short interview below about life advice, pursuit of passion and inspiration.

Be on the lookout for the 12th issue of Refueled, which is slated for later this year. In the meantime you can find past issues of Refueled for free here, visual inspiration on his tumblr here and even see my pictures from Issue 11 here.

ME. If you could offer a complete stranger one piece of advice, what would it be?

CB. To quote Bob Dylan, "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."

I'm very lucky to be able to do what I do. I'm living the American dream by telling stories about other folks creating theirs. 

ME. I think creative endeavors can be difficult for many people because it requires you to expose yourself to criticism, potential rejection and even "failure". Creating your own magazine from start to finish is a massive undertaking with a significant investment of time and soul. What are your thoughts about and process for, overcoming the resistance/fear that can come from pursuing your passions?

CB. Be true to, and create for yourself and there is no criticism, rejection or failure. I simply write about the things I love, things that mean something to me personally. Refueled has always been more of a journal then a brand, or even a magazine. It's been a huge plus that readers have come back issue after issue, inspired and sharing with others. 

ME. What are the first three websites that you frequent on a daily basis for inspiration?

CB. Being a very visual person, I really dig tumblr. So I find myself keeping up with friends and other creative’s through tumblr. It's really interesting to get a glimpse into a person through the photos and things they post.  Refueled's tumblr is more a personal scrapbook than anything else, but I think it gives a pretty good look into what goes on inside my head and behind-the-scenes.