Rare is the genre of talent who not only excels, but becomes such a vibrant, dynamic, and infectious force in his industry that he starts to turn the heads in Hollywood.
Such is precisely what took place with contemporary artist Louis Carreon, whose rapid ascent in the art world has imbued him with enough x-factor that he won a principal role in his first film, starring in the forthcoming drama Paydirt alongside none other than icon Val Kilmer and Luke Goss
The big-screen debut has wowed many in the art world- including Louis’ fans and collectors- and is currently turning heads in the media world as well, from many of the editors who have been following and covering Louis rise as an artist.
LA Wire wanted to get ahead of this story and break exactly how the movie came about, so we sat down with Louis to ask him some questions.
LA Wire: Given the precipitous rise your art career has seen, are you still surprised (or not) to see new opportunities open up for you in other creative arenas, such as acting & fashion?
Louis: I believe as a creative when you pour your spirit into your work for long enough and industry leaders recognize that through your passion, relentlessness, and dedication to your art form you’re prevailing , then yes I think people may put their money on you creatively because they know you’ll be a sure thing at what you set your mind on creatively. True artists will understand this mind state . As far as acting is concerned, growing up in LA, I watched my friends get famous, and with attention the ego changed them for the worse. So the thought of being recognized for anything artistic that can change your life in Hollywood always tripped me out, so I kept painting
LA Wire: Yes, so how did the opportunity to be featured in Val Kilmer’s new movie PayDirt come about?
Louis: So I was painting in my studio and my homie Cameron Mitchel from Curated By Media called. Cameron has been trying to get me to act for a lifetime and he made me an overture. He said I think you should come down to the office and read for this role in this new film Pay Dirt . I was like no brother I’m good but love you and he reverted that Val Kilmer is the lead and it’s a good role . Val Kilmer has always been one of my favorites, so that made me reconsider. I went down to the office and met with the director and it worked out and with life experience I already knew this role in my spirit. The rest is history
LA Wire: Tell us about your role? Was it a natural fit?
Louis: The role was perfect….a Mexican cartel enforcer that worked directly as the right hand of el Jefe the boss. The whole tone and tenor was high energy. I actually trained for a couple months in a method acting class with coach James Marshall, what an experience to build this character out, the anger the pain, it was very therapeutic. On set I was ready and stayed in character listening to Metallica doing push ups. For an adrenaline junkie like me it was great. My first Scene was with the lead Luke Goss (what a legend). He helped me so much and really gave me a pointers about energy, distance and lighting that changed my game.
LA Wire: Is the creative process in acting invigorating to you on a similar level to your art?
Louis: Just as you can paint a picture in many ways, you can play a role many ways , it was very similar with the inner work and finding yourself in this character and the character in yourself in reality. There’s these moments when I paint and all goes silent and I’m in the dimension where only shapes and colors exist , I feel like that is also what I was getting while doing these scenes. Nothing mattered around me except what I was focused on. I had to get used to being pulled out at the cuts and camera changes but it was an edifying process and I came out of it with a true respect for the process. Indeed, I have so much love and give props to this craft.
LA Wire: Given how successful your art is becoming on a cultural level, do you think that you’re at risk of spreading yourself too thin to maintain the same level of connection you currently have with culture?
Louis: I’m a firm believer that you can’t look and think about imaginary lines in culture drawn by strangers. I’ve been painting for 20 years because I love it and it’s a great outlet for my emotions . I think culture will gravitate towards authenticity and the patterns I move in keep me in a humble and raw space. I think exploring other fields of art only expands personal depth as one overcomes the fear or apprehension attached to it.
LA Wire: What is the true level of impact you see yourself reaching and how do each of these various mediums play a role in delivering that cumulative effect?
Louis::I don’t test myself with levels, I believe all art forms are personal journeys and growth is the driving aim. Whether painting or engaging in any other form of creativity, I’ll obsess over it and it will control me until it doesn’t anymore.