We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelo Ruiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelo, why did you pursue a creative career?
For me, it’s the only path that is fulfilling. This is where my passion lies.
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.
I’ve always been a writer. I started writing poetry and short stories in elementary school. Photography is another passion of mine. I find developing an idea to be really exciting, whether it’s a screenplay or being on location shooting a video. There’s something really thrilling about the creative process and bringing concepts and ideas into fruition. I got here by choosing the road less traveled and there’s never anything easy about that. There are and always will be challenges. Patience is a virtue. And tenacity goes a long way. It’s a cliche but it’s never too late to pursue your passions. A few years ago, me and my creative partner Franco Galvan started Mosaic Multi-Media. We’ve produced content for businesses, musicians and even politicians. Franco has recently partnered up with Farnsworth Productions in Hollywood, and we see this as an opportunity to expand and broaden our network.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has an amazing art district, I would definitely take anyone there. The Menil is fantastic, as well as the CAM and MFAH. Montrose is, in my opinion, one of the best areas of the city. It’s eclectic, diverse and artsy. Coffee at Cafe Brasil. Dinner at Cali’s downtown, the best Vietnamese food in Houston. Dancing at Numbers and Barbarella’s.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dearest friend and creative partner Franco Galvan. When I met Franco, I had never seriously considered pursuing art as a career in any form. I had always been a creative person with a strong background in writing. But I was finishing up my degree in psychology and being a paid artist seemed unrealistic. Franco was and is someone who knew he was an artist and was absolutely dedicated to it as a career. He didn’t believe in having a fallback plan. He was unflinching about it. That really had an effect on me. As we got to know one another, he encouraged me to write more and also develop my visual medium as well. He helped me feel confident in myself as an artist when no one else had, by simply recognizing that I was one.
All photos by Chelo Ruiz