Ones to Watch: Meet Brilliant Garcia, LA's "Creator of Taste"
Last week, we sat down with Brilliant Garcia, a 25-year-old multi-faceted creative born in Germany, raised in Texas, and now living in LA. Garcia has experienced more in her short life than some people double her age; for that reason alone she’s an intriguing character, but what really sticks out is the intense desire to make a lasting impact. She has worked in every part of the entertainment industry and has succeeded. Whether being a part of the early team at Black Scale, being a DJ, photographer, or creating a book with her original photos, she’s got our attention. Read on below for a window into the world of Brilliant Garcia.
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Brilliant Garcia and I think the best way to describe who I am and what I do is just a creator of taste.
You are German born, Texas transplant and now an LA native. Describe your upbringing and what each place has taught you about yourself?
Being born out of the country has a lot to do with my desire to travel. Since I was a military child, I got a taste of how much more there is to see of this world so I don’t mind taking on a new adventure even if it’s unfamiliar. With each location, I realized that moving on isn’t always optional and you must know how to adapt as well as excel in whatever environment the universe may place you in.
You have lived or a spent a better part of your early life traveling, what is special about living in a place like LA?
Well, I’ve spent my entire adult life here. It’s become home for me now. Besides the obvious benefits of the beach, weather and healthy living, the reason I choose LA is because it somehow chose me. I didn’t feel like any barriers I encountered were set backs, more like alarm clocks telling me it’s time. There are too many resources here to not make happen, what you want to happen.
Describe the impact your family made in your life? What’s your opinion on the idea of a family and why it’s important for an individual to have that in their life?
Family taught me emotional intelligence and about all the different love languages that people operate on. People show what they care about by how they choose to spend their time. And my mother spent majority of her time loving her kids. My father supported this love. When they gave me my freedom, I gave them respect, & even when I made my mistakes, they still loved me. Then the tough love started kicking in. Where although we seemed to have it all together, I still had to work for what I wanted. My father was big on me having a job/working. I got my hands dirty. Now as an adult, all those lessons came full circle. My family gave me the guidance that lead me to my confidence.
How did you spiritual practice begin? What attracted you to learning about Buddhism?
My spiritual awakening literally happened overnight, when I was 17. I received the news that changed my life.
My mother passing away made me quick on my toes. It seemed as if I had to figure out my entire life in one moment. I decided to just pack my pain and move to Los Angeles.
As soon as I got here, my dreams began enhancing. I started experiencing an alternate reality that definitely sparked my creativity but most importantly, this would become my mothers new home. I would see her in the dream world and wake up so excited to start my day and know that I was on the right path. I got books on how to control this type of lucid dreaming and I managed to tap in a few times but she only appears when I clear my mind.
It was until I met my dear friend Joyce Wrice who introduced me to Buddhism. My life started changing drastically. It was so intense, I almost let fear take over and I backed out a few times. But I realized it wasn’t about the change, it was about the cleanse. When you gain that type of clarity, it makes space for what’s new. One of the things that has helped me with chanting/meditating is literally writing down why I’m doing it and my intent behind what I want and what it will bring me. This has helped me manifest.
Tell us about your book?
In 2013, I started experimenting with 600 polaroid film (this film that takes up to 30 mins to develop and cannot touch sunlight). I was shooting with a very fragile camera my parent’s pre-owned before I was born – so this was already a risky idea being the film was $32 for every 8 shots. After collecting so many amazing photos, I decided a coffee table book would be the only way to display them.
I begin putting more and more effort into my details. Every shoot became conceptual, I always over exaggerated the wardrobe or found props and locations that helped decorate my idea of nudity. If you own one of my books, you will see most woman allowed me to shoot them bare, for two very special reasons. – I truly know how to capture the higher self of a woman, as if I am here. I know what we feel comfortable with, especially if you can make them look powerful. As for my personal reasoning, I didn’t want to date my photos. Since we already shot everything with film, it felt right to not add wardrobe that would show the year the photos was taken.
In 2017 I finally felt like I was ready to showcase these photos. Although an artist can find a hundred and one things they want to improve and change about their work, I knew it was time to finally put it all together. The production was done in Los Angeles, which means it was expensive. I could of got it made in china but then I wouldn’t be apart of the process and I had way too many details to not be directly involved. I was told to not do the hard cover, no gold foil on my title, – I did it all anyway. The cover art was made by Katerine Gutt, an artist I met on IG. After we experimented a few times, I really got into fluid art myself and started making a few pieces on my own which are throughout the book as well. To be honest, my favorite part of my book is the self help information I included. I talk about mastery, self affirmations and more. Although I’m a visual person, If you catch me in conversation, I’m always trying to share experience instead of advice that has helped me reach goals. This is why the book is self titled – I was able to share a chapter of my life.
In your opinion, what is the most controversial social issue society needs to be talking about more?
We need to address the addiction these LED screens are giving us. Maybe the root of the social media craving comes from what’s being done to our eyes, in a way it’s hypnosis – If we can’t even sit our phones down. I know it’s not good for our mental health but if it is the way you make money, then only use it for that so you can pay for the long term effect this may give you in the future
What can we expect from Brill?
I decided this year I will spend my 10,000 hours in film directing. I’ve done a few music videos so far that are about to release and i’m looking forward to expanding into short films. Hopefully that then evolves into Netflix, something like Black Mirror episodes – Let’s speak that into existence. I am also getting into more interior/furniture design, working on home goods. That is what this year looks like for me. But more so, I am really predicting film directing to change my life. I can see it.
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