Favorite photo in the mag

Choosing my favorite photo in the magazine is tough because their were so many impressive instances of photography throughout this issue.

I really enjoyed the photos of the Burn Club. I intended to use more of this photos to add variation to the issue, but it didn’t seem to work. Great stuff though.

I also really enjoyed The Rocky Horror Picture Show photos as well. There were so many things to capture at that event and I think Katya really nailed it.

Overall though, the magazine surprised me in how many amazing shots we were able to use.

What is your overall reaction to the magazine?

I really considered the staff and my own opinion of magazine in high regard because I wanted the people who slaved away to make this magazine worthwhile to care for it as much as I do.

I don’t know how others feel about it. I hope they like it but personally, I do believe this magazine is as good as I could’ve ever made it with my current abilities. I don’t regret anything.

I literally couldn’t have made this magazine as good as it came out to be, without the diligence of the staff that worked on the mag with me. I am so thankful for their hardwork.

I hope future EIC’s look to my magazine as a guide for what The Bull Magazine expects of its staff. That would be the greatest compliment.

What is my dominant image and why?

My dominant image is a headshot of both my face, Ryan “Hundo” Williams and his producer Justin “JustBeatz” Garner. I chose to have Bleu shoot this photo in this way because it is a homage to 90s Hip Hop magazine covers. Many rap magazines of that era would feature artists like Biggie Smalls and Tupac in a similar fashion.

I hope older audiences, who were fans of Hip Hop culture of that era, will regard my layout with a sence of familiarity.

Also, design wise, I think it’s cool that we see both of Hundo’s profiles on the front and back covers just to see his centered face in the middle of the magazine. It’s going to be cool. I hope.

What have I learned from my story?

Throughout this entire process of being EIC of a publication at Pierce College, I have learned so much.

I learned to trust others and how to delegate assignments. I learned patience and my design skills have improved by so much.

As far as my own story, I think I’ve come to appreciate the struggle an artist may go through to succeed. Most of these stories in the magazine highlight how hard committing yourself to your passion can be, but why it is all worth it in the end.

I learned about why you should always believe in yourself. Personally, I feel like I suffer from a cycle of self-degredation, which is my attempt to remain humble. But I don’t think it is all that beneficial to my success. That’s something I am going to work on, but was only put into perspective throughout the course of my time working on this story.

5 facts about my story

Hello peeps and peepets! 

Just for a recap: Rapper and Art Collective 

My article regards a rapper by the name of Hundo. He is based in the San Fernando Valley- proudly boasting about this in many of his songs. He has obtained a small following of over 35,000 followers on Facebook and even more on Instagram and Youtube. 

What seperates Hundo from everyday rappers is his love for San Fernando Valley art and the artists themselves. His love for artistry in this area has inspired him to become a founder of an Art Collective titled Potluck, where local artists come and showcase their skills. 

Hundo feels his communial efforts boast his communty. 

1. Art Collectives are all over Los Angeles, even in its more rural areas. Like Lancaster, California. The hoe of Cameron Kern and The 5 Acres Art Exhibit and collective has greatly improved the Antelope Valley area bringing in more than 10,000 people every year to its bearen landscape. 

2. Something surprising about the US is the lack of artistry, which, admittedly is surprising because of America’s influence on culture. But it is true. over 1.3 million students don’t have access to music programs in the US today, according to childrenmusicworkshop.com

3. Hopefully Los Angeles and California as a whole, home of the stars, would have an impressive rate of consideration in Art programs right? WRONG. According to the LA Times, only 35 public schools have a proficient arts programs. 

4. According to an article by The Atlantic, the likelihood of becoming famous as a rapper is 0.0086%, while more than half of people in the U.S. ages 18-25 wish they were famous for rapping.

5. In an article by Forbes titled “Rappers Delight: A Billion-Dollar Industry” it reported that rap music was close t a 10 billion dollar industry in 2017

These facts are shocking to me, which is why I wanted to not only celebrate arts and artistry in the San Fernando Valley through this magazine, but Hundo as well.

My design plan

My story: A rapper

I think sometimes trying to do too much with a design can complicate it. I plan on just keeping it simple and clean. A problem I saw in the last issue of the magazine and just when I’m flipping through a magazine in general, that a great idea will be there but the execution doesn’t work out.

I believe my weakest aspect when it comes to designing is creativity. I am so used to the newspaper formula where its all grids and everything is easily and routinely placed. I don’t think that is a bad thing. And i’m going to shoot for making the magazine as readible as possible.

In my story I plan to have a full page portrait of my face with the headline and deck. The rest of the pages I want a two page photo of him performing and I want to use that empty space, within the photo, to put text down. Very simple ideas, but super affective.

Quote that is going in my story

Something my face and I talked a bit about that may serve as like a mantra of the entire story is the idea that a performer, especially in the rap game, needs to have a sense of confidence and an undeniable belief in one’s self.

“I feel like I have the confidence and the talent and the skill. Only thing I ever felt like I lacked was the focus and the determination. Once I figured that out, it was like, okay, like you mix this together and it’s unstoppable. There’s a lot of people out here that are more talented than I am. Not very many rappers. But a lot of singers, dancers, there’s writers, there’s businessmen. There’s a lot of artistic, creative business minded people I’ve met that are more naturally talented, but they don’t apply themselves.”

Something we spoke about that was super interesting but I do not plan on using any of it was that Hundo, was a Youth Pastor that travelled around America. Now that I think about it, I probably will use it. I’m not sure yet.

Restaurant Review

Something that is important to me is the Review assignment in this class and, depending how good my or other staff writers reviews are, i’d like to publish one of these in the magazine.

I hope the other writers consider doing there review within the theme if “Live Performance” as that is something I am genuinely considering. I plan on conducting my review on a restaurant by the name of The Write Off Room that features live shows every night with comedians and musicians.

How a rapper can be universal

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Story recap: Rapper who runs Art Collective

Rappers, or most artists for that matter, is unique because of there ability to speak on society in a easier detestable way, through a song.

Most people find it hard riffling through newspapers or watching the angry heads yelling on the news channels. I’m not saying you should receive all your news through rap music, but if you look at the lyrics of many artists today you can hear a commentary on many social issues that polarize society today.

Hundo, the rapper I am doing this article on, primarily speaks and writes about his life growing up in the poverty stricken ghettos of Los Angeles. This tale is universal in that this upbringing is commonly found in a busy city.

Thoughts on visuals

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Story recap: Rapper and Art Collective

As Editor-In-Chief of the magazine I hold myself to a very high standard as far as visuals come. I believe my face and story will most likely become the cover.

My idea for the cover:

I love covers that tell a story of some kind. An aspect of performing that will be universally shared with every story in this magazine is that performers are normal people that just so happen to do extraordinary things. I would like to have half of the cover to be Hundo, the face of my story, looking straight into the camera with a grey filter. Then the other half of the page will be Hundo belting into the microphone wearing a very vibrant outfit and color will come back into this half of the page.

This is supposed to show that the apsect of Hundo’s (and the other performers) lives isnt quite as glorious as when they are performing.

My idea for a multimedia:

I’d like to cover one of the shows the Potluck label puts on. The next show is September 21.