Artbiz with Ryan Andrews

Oct 21, 2016   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments


Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or do not manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

Ryan Andrews has mastered feature films, shorts and music videos. His music videos manage to balance intricate narrative with heartbreakingly beautiful visuals. Here he was kind enough to talk to Artbiz about his craft and commerce. Do yourself a favour and check out his feature film, Elfie Hopkins, a British People Under the Stairs by way of Wes Anderson.

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

Director Ryan Andrews. I have a Dog. Sole earner.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I directed music videos and film


Q3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

Director 10years.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

Freedom and creativity

Q5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

Security / Structure


Q6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

Dream full time job.

Q7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

Changes project to project. But I think everything in the arts is dictated by what’s commercially in fashion.

Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

Either not appropriate for my style of work or budget.


Q9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

I have a series of short term plans that are vital to fulfilling the long term plan.

Q10 What do you think of your “industry”?

That changes on a daily basis. I love the ride and work through the whip outs.

Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

No one person. Anyone who feels creatively fulfilled and happy. I think happiness is key in this industry.


Transviolet – New Bohemia from Director Ryan Andrews on Vimeo.


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