Change is inevitable. Marcelo demonstrates the kind of grace it takes to create evolution through that change. By telling stories through film-making and make-up artistry, he uses creativity and collaboration to help make sense of the complex dynamics in modern living. Marcello proves that you can accept the unknown by allowing yourself to dive deeper into the meaning of your everyday work.
Who are you?
My name is Marcelo Gutierrez, I'm a makeup artist, film director + writer living in Brooklyn, NY. I believe myself to be a butterfly - resilient, constantly evolving and always following the correct wind patterns. By that, I mean I follow my intuition and gut feelings over anything else.
Why do you make your work?
I write and direct my short films because they express feelings and experiences that I feel I have no other choice but to explain and share with others in order to find a common ground and inspire conversations with strangers.
I work as a makeup artist, because regardless of how wasteful and vapid the fashion industry may sometimes feel - I still strongly believe in the process of collaboration and image making. It is a source of inspiration, aspirations and daydreams. It is the factory in which I get to create narratives with people's skin and eyes. I love it.
What do you believe in?
I believe in change and I believe in spontaneity.
Name one thing you say no to?
I would say no to anything that feels disingenuous to my narrative and opportunistic of POC or the LGBTQ community.
And one thing you say yes to?
I would say yes to traveling.
What change would you like to see?
I would like to see the inclusion of queer people as an honest effort and not a fashionable statement. I would love to see gay men embrace their brothers no matter their size, shape and flamboyance.
Name one thing that makes you happy?
The support of my friends makes me happy.
How would you describe your personal routine?
My personal routine is very simple but effective. Very much like my personality. Mellow yet to the point.
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be a Hollywood actor as a child.
Can you remember one solid piece of advice you've gotten for the growth of your work?
I think the best piece of advice was from one of my mentors, a fine artist, and it applies to any creative field - "nothing is precious". It's important to not treat the work as precious, give it room for change and failure because a lot of times a mistake can be the best decision you made.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with...Tim Walker or Tim Burton.
Who is one person in culture that you feel is making positive and inspiring change ?
I honestly cannot name one person, because I believe a lot of us are trying to do our very best in what feels like the end of the world. I personally have honestly blocked out much of political content because it's too overwhelming.
Where can we follow your work?
You can follow me on Instagram here.
Check out my films here.