Multidisciplinary careers are something that is being seen a lot more frequently in this day and age: people are starting to purposely ebb and flow through a variety of professional roles, and therefore gaining an array of skills and knowledge in return. This opportunist career may have been born by the rise of the internet, social media, visual cultures or simply travel accessibility. Fundamentally, restrictions in both thought and presence have been lifted by the possibility of choice, and in 2021, there are plenty of choices, to say the least. With or without a global pandemic. Screen Shot spoke to model, art director, entrepreneur (and much more) Louie Akinwale on how he has successfully created a multidisciplinary career for himself, as well as how he built a small business up from an idea, Lu by Lu, even in the midst of COVID-19’s chaos.
In recent years, ‘multidisciplinary artist’ has become somewhat of a buzzword, used by many as a catch-all term meant to help redefine what can really be described as the act of blindly dabbling in everything. As a result, many of us have forgotten what it truly is like to be a multidisciplinary artist in 2021’s digital age, as well as the amount of work, planning and creativity it takes to gracefully mix digital with real-life art. Fear no more, because we managed to speak to one of the real ones out there, writer, director, and performer Alejandra Smits, about publishing her second poetry book while simultaneously maintaining her already impressive career in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.