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Ambition is a powerful thing and perhaps no-one in the music industry knows this better than CEO Fields. As he struggled to find his path in life, he endured several months of hardship that including having to live out of his car, but he never once stopped believing that he would get to where he wanted to go.
Fast forward a few years later and Fields had launched his own business and made several wise investments meaning he had the positive and comfortable life he had strived for, but he wasn’t done. Wanting to combine his financial knowledge with his passion for music, he embarked on a music career which continues to go from strength to strength. Following hot on the heels of his previous single “Yours”, Fields has now dropped “Dividends”, and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere its video.
Asked about the creative process regarding the video, Fields says:
“Dividends was another high energy shoot with my bros. I rented out the office building of a tech company down in the OC for this one, where the vibe is a bit different from the one in LA, a little more relaxed. I hired two of the most beautiful IG models I could connect with and made it a super vibe when the drinks and snacks came through. It was definitely one of my more favorite shots, really just homies being silly and enjoying the moment.”
Check out “Dividends” below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
A hugely talented and creative individual.
Rachel Palumbo is perhaps best known for her work as a film director and her
debut feature Sapere Aude is
available now to view via Amazon Prime. However, she’s now made to the move
into music world and has stepped behind the camera to work with rising talent
MARG on the video for her single “Moving”. Inspired by Tom Ford and currently
working on and writing new projects, Rachel spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about the one band she’d love to work with, her
upcoming film Rocket Man and the
advice she’d give those looking to follow in her footsteps.
TITL: As someone who is a part of several sectors of the creative and
entertainment worlds, at what age did you first know you wanted to make being
creative as you are a career path?
Rachel Palumbo: I always loved photography from a
young age, but when I really started thinking that I wanted to get into film
and pursue it as a career was when I was around 14 or 15 and I started created
music videos and short films with my siblings. I had so much fun doing it that
I found myself filming and editing for hours on end. I figured I wanted to be a
part of telling stories and creating things by doing something that I loved and
TITL: Which directors/actors and other creatives
most encouraged and inspired you to pursue that path and would you say have
most helped you get to where you are now?
RP: I’m creatively inspired by Tom Ford. I love his
aesthetic and I think everything he makes is so elegant and beautiful. I
especially loved that he transitioned from fashion into directing and that he
carries his style so effortlessly across both mediums. It’s inspiring that he
didn’t think he could only be one or the other, and did both so well. I also am
inspired individually by so many creatives that pushed through and believed in
themselves and their passions no matter what anyone told them.
TITL: Your debut film Sapere Aude is on Amazon
Prime. Given the advancements in technology, how do you feel about having your
short film tied exclusively to a paid streaming service as opposed to releasing
RP: I liked that Sapere Aude was a little more
exclusive when it first came out. I see the pros and cons to both. But for us,
it was exciting when we found it distribution online. It gave it a bit more
significance for us to have it on a paid streaming service than uploading it
TITL: What can you tell me about “Rocket
Man” that’s coming to DirectTV soon?
RP: “Rocket Man” started in a coffee
shop, with myself and friend/co-producer and actor Alex Cubis grabbing coffee
and deciding we wanted to make something together. We wanted to deal with the
topics of success and finding significance through what you do. Through Rocket Man, I wanted to explore what it
is like when things don’t pan out in life exactly as we had planned or hoped.
This film was so much fun to make and I had the privilege of working with such
an amazing team who all helped create something beautiful. Directing this film
made me fall more and more in love with directing and helped me realize that
this really is where I want to be.
TITL: You spent several years making films, so why
have you decided that now is the right time to make the slight transition
towards more of the music world?
RP: The first thing I ever made was a music video.
I have always enjoyed the creativity and artistic freedom that music videos
give you. Narrative films take a long time to make from start to finish and I
like to keep myself busy creatively – one reason I also love photography so
much. It just felt natural to be directing music videos to keep myself
imaginative and creative.
TITL: How did you come across MARG, and how did the
two of you find the collaborative process for the video you made together?
RP: MARG and I have been friends for a while now. I
was always inspired by her fashion choices – I think that’s what we originally
bonded over – and I loved her music and think she’s insanely talented. A couple
months ago we were doing a photoshoot together and she was showing me her
latest music and asked me if I wanted to direct one of her videos. We talked
about what we wanted it to be like, sent each other our inspiration and both
had the same vision for the song. She wanted to film it on a VHS camcorder and
that was something I had been wanting to do for a while, so we got ourselves a
Hi8 and the rest is history.
TITL: If you could direct a video or short for any
musician from history, who would you choose and why?
RP: It would have to be The Eagles. I love their
music and style and they are so insanely talented as musicians. I always get
lost in their lyrics and I can only imagine how inspiring it would be to work
and collaborate creatively with them. Besides, I would have loved to just hang
out with them!
TITL: Are there any other projects in the pipeline
you can tell me about?
RP: I just have a couple of projects we’re in the
process of writing – but not far enough along yet!
TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to
someone looking to make their way in the creative entertainment world? What
three traits would you say someone most needs to help ensure they stay focused
and achieve their goals? What’s left for you achieve?
RP: I would say to stay true to yourself creatively,
obviously be inspired by people but know what you like, stick by it and trust
it. I got so distracted at times by trying to copy someone else’s style instead
of just embracing my own. That’s what’s going to make you stand out and make
you different from everyone else trying to do the same thing.
Three traits – passion, perseverance and
positivity. You have to have passion about your goals and really want them
enough, or else you’re going to give up when it gets hard. Perseverance because
there are always going to be ups and downs. When you’re down just remember you
can only go up from there – but you won’t get there if you don’t push through.
And finally, positivity because life is just a journey – trust that journey. As
soon as you realize that you’ll never really feel like you have “arrived” then
you can enjoy life and the moment, because really, that’s all we have.
I’ve SO MANY THINGS left to achieve, directing a
feature, more music videos, and also creating a few brands.
Check out the video for MARG’s single “Moving” below and for more information on Rachel, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.