It’s fashion week and I’m running around making sure VIPs have all the champagne they need and I see him. He is tall and good looking, soft-spoken, he has the kindest eyes I have ever seen. Now I know what you’re thinking and no this blog has not turned into a personal dating site (however when all else fails maybe I’ll reconsider the idea.)
The guy I’m referring to is none other than Craig Stickland. When I met him during fashion week I had no doubt he was someone special. It was only later while we hung out and listened to some music that I found out he too was not only a model but more importantly, a fantastic musician.
Fast forward a few years and Craig has become a full fledged artist. Travelling all over North America, playing gigs and finding time to model inbetween. He has that sexy appeal that only a musician holding a guitar could posess and yet he is one of the most humble guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Check out this weeks post, an interview with the immensely talented Craig Stickland.
You have been quoted as saying; “Never compromise, and never settle.” This is an idea that resonates with all people, particularly creative types. How do you find that integrity that allows you to continue with this mantra, to never compromise with your work?
I think true art takes time, patience and perseverance. It’s always been my goal to be an artist that has a career with longevity, regardless of what temporary hardships come my way as a result of this decision.
Often times with art and creativity it’s simpler to take the easy way out, but I feel that the easy way out doesn’t typically create the best art, nor does it usually have much longevity, or timelessness. When you’re a musician, people are always trying to pull you in certain musical directions, but if you don’t have the integrity to stay true to the music you want to make, you’ll be pulled and pulled forever, without getting anywhere.
You have said that music has always been a part of your life. When did it hit home for you that this was what you wanted to contribute to the world? Why?
When I was in high school, I was in a band with some friends. The more we played together, the more I fell in love with it, and the more I began distancing myself from traditional education. I knew very early into my teens that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What is fashion to you?
To me, fashion is a way of expressing and identifying yourself on the outside. In some ways, it’s kind of like wearing a uniform for your existence. I like the idea of someone knowing, or assuming exactly what I’m all about by looking at how I present myself. Take a banker for example… the first thing that comes to mind is someone in a boxy, un-tailored suit, with a clean cut haircut and shaved face. I like to represent myself in the complete opposite way; with skinny jeans, a leather jacket, long hair and a beard. The lines are a little more blurred these days, but I liked that in the 60’s and 70s, you knew exactly what someone was all about by how they presented themselves. There was no second guessing the fact that Jimi Hendrix was a rockstar when you saw him in a military double breasted jacket, wide open with no shirt underneath.
You’re a ‘Jack of All Trades.’ How do these industries interrelate for you?
First and foremost I’m a musician, but I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do other things to facilitate my passion. We live in a world where many people are being discovered via social media. For me, the modelling came secondary when I realized it could be a way of raising awareness about my music through a different avenue. In this day and age you need to be creative, and you need to take any chance you get.
What projects do you have coming up that you can speaks to?
My first single ‘Liquor Store Blues’ should be dropping in a few weeks, and my debut album shortly there after! I can’t wait to release this music that I’ve worked so hard on.
Do you have advice for anyone trying to break into the fashion or music industry (or both)?
For both, the answer is that hard work, discipline and patience go a very long way.
Thank you Craig!