Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Veale.
Hi Joshua, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been singing for almost as long as I could remember. I never took any professional voice lessons, but people always told me I have a nice voice, so I figured I might as well put it to use. Around my 6th or 7th-grade year, I got into poetry pretty heavy, and that led into me rapping around my 9th-grade year. I never really took it seriously until about 2019, though, and even now, I’m still working on my craft and improving myself with every song. 2019 was also the year I started doing photography, too. I started in my senior yearbook class and loved capturing people through the lens, and after I graduated, I went and bought the same camera I used in my yearbook class and continued to develop my skills. I’d like to think of myself as a semi-professional photographer these days, or at the very least, an extremely gifted amateur. That’s why I established myself as an LLC last year.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not. I think my biggest challenge has been dealing with my mental health. I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for majority of my life, at this point, and while it’s kind of become a daily part of my life, it doesn’t become any easier to deal with, you know? I like to think that I exude positive energy and good vibes, but there always those days where everything just seems like a struggle. Over the years, though, I’ve learned a plethora of healthy coping mechanisms that allow me to continue with everyday life, two of which being my music and photography. I feel as though they allow me to express myself in ways simple words just don’t allow me to do. I’m extremely grateful that I was shown these different mediums through which I’ve been granted absolute freedom.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a musician by day and a photographer by night. I’ve been musically inclined practically my entire life, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until around the end of 2019. At first, I thought I needed to find my niche and stick to it in order to be successful, but it occurred to me that none of that really matters if I’m not happy with what I’m putting out. So, I make whatever I want. I love being able to mesh different genres of music and blend them together into something special. I’ve also been doing photography since early 2019. Originally, I just wanted to try something other than music to see if I could branch out into other creative mediums, and something about it just stuck to me. I specifically love capturing human emotions. So much can be said with just a simple look, a glare, a gaze. Studio photography is cool, but I get so bored of it after a while, you know? That’s why I try to be as creative as possible when doing a shoot. Utilizing my surroundings, subverting expectations, just trying to stand out and be different. I also have other projects that I’m working on, but those won’t come to fruition until a bit later, I’m afraid.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve learned a lot during this pandemic, one being that people will believe ANYTHING, as long as it sounds believable. I’ve seen people fall for the dumbest tricks in the book just because somebody sold them that idea. It’s crazy to me. Another thing I’ve learned is that people are very unsympathetic. 9 times out of 10, people are not going to care about what you have going on in your life, simply because it doesn’t affect them. That’s why I try to spread as much love and positivity as I can. The world can be such a dark place at times, especially Baltimore City, and it’s hard to feel like there’s anybody who really cares. Everybody needs somebody to lean on every now and again, and it’s important that we show that to everyone around us. You never know how a smile or a kind word can completely change somebody’s day.
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