We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Alcantara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Probably the most difficult decision I’ve had to make was choosing to be in the arts. Growing up as an Asian American I was always taught that being in a field with stability is the only option and anything else besides that was a waste of time. I was never a very good student but being creative was something I could always depend on. having an understanding of my parent’s experience as immigrants and knowing their hardships made choosing my path very stressful. However my life growing up around privileges showed me that being in the arts is an option and bringing that up to my parents was not an easy decision but was a decision I had to make for myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Professionally I started with working in live event videography specifically within the EDM scene. I was able to make my way into this scene because a friend of mine in high school was starting to build up an event company to throw big EDM shows in college. once their shows started to become bigger they needed a videographer to take videos and make after movies of their shows so my friend asked me if I wanted to join their team. Besides creating content for EDM I enjoy telling stories with my craft and creating videos to show the world.
It wasn’t exactly an easy path to go down and at first and I was a little nervous about joining. I knew nothing about live event videography and to take videos of big EDM shows seemed a little intimidating to me. At some point I decided that this opportunity wasn’t going to happen again so coming right out of high school I just decided that I’ll see where this could take me and I’m more than happy that I decided to take that leap.
Along the way I learned that being in the arts is not a field where you can just wait around for things to be handed to you. it’s the kind of field where making your money comes from the hard work you put in and the people you meet along the way to help you grow as an artist.
I want the world to know that it doesn’t take much to be in a creative field. At the end of the day all it really takes is to have dedication and passion to something you really believe in and to put in the work to make whatever goal you have a reality.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Me and my best friend really enjoy photography so I would probably take them to different locations in Houston that is great for photography. Genrally areas that has a good view of the Houston skyline or places in downtown with an urban modern feeling.
Food is another big thing we both enjoy so Chinatown in Houston would be my first stop for food. Gen korean barbeque or gyukaku would probably be one of my first suggestions and later aqua S for really good icecream.
Some bars and clubs I would take him too would be 9pm music venue or Rise Rooftop for edm music. A really great bar I would take him to would be belle station for drinks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout 9pm presents. They are a one of houstons leading groups for edm music in the hosuton rave scene. They are the group that took me in as their head videogrpaher and have taught me all I know for live event viedography/photography in the edm music scene.