Who Am I ?
An Introduction to CLAY BAKKUM
1: Who am I?
Clay Bakkum: A Canadian, renegade artist/filmmaker transplanted in New York City
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I recently graduated from the film program at Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. Currently, I am producing pieces for my debut art show in the fall and I am the photographer for the fashion blog Live Glam or Die. I have been doing freelance work in film/photography and I am also developing my second short film.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
From: Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada.
Currently: Sticking it out in the Upper East Side, Manhattan.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My dog Otto. I can never be in a bad mood when I’m with him.
5: What book is your bible?
Banksy’s Wall and Piece. It reminds me why I started painting–because I had to. Painting is how I digest the things I see, good or bad.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love: Friends/family, color, Ingolf Lake, Warhol and Banksy.
Hate: Visas, not the credit card, but immigration.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To create in all forms at all times.
8: What is your favorite color?
I’ll cheat and say white, only because white is the blending of all colors.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Batman. It was actually my first word. I find him the most inspiring because he was an ordinary man with no super powers, just a thirst for change. I think he lives in the White House now.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I love relaxing on the Highline and near the fire pit at Union Pool in Brooklyn.
11: What turns you on?
Movie trailers, fuzzy bass in a rock song, people with drive, and travel.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: If you could get rid of one advancement in technology, what would it be?
A: I don’t know what I would get rid of. I wish that people would talk more. I can’t remember the last time someone called me on the phone. Sure, I can get texts, email, tweets, pokes, and whatever else, but how about we communicate face to face and not through websites and applications?
Clay Bakkum is a recent film graduate and aspiring artist and filmmaker hailing from Manitoba, Canada, currently residing in New York City. Clay is a freelance filmmaker and artist who is developing his debut art collection and blogs his artistic adventures at www.16mmcut.com.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Nia Schindle / Courtesy of Clay Bakkum
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Clay Bakkum at Wooster and Grand, New York, 2011, Photography by Nia Schindle / Courtesy of Clay Bakkum