Photos by: Shania Mae V.
Story by: Samantha R.
Date Published: 29 January 2016
On January 21st, 2016, alumni Colin Day visited NCS campus for a unique opportunity to inspire young artists and showcase his life after Charter. Colin is a filmmaker, who has recently taken up special interest in making documentaries about artists he finds inspirational. He visited with students in the Benvenuti giving advice about the art world after graduation, sharing his experiences, and giving students exclusive looks into his work. Colin was a student at NCS during its opening year, when it was still an experimental program. He attributes his success to the time he spent here, and commented on the accepting atmosphere unique to NCS. Colin shared that he now makes documentaries because “they don’t cost anything, and if it is about something or someone you are passionate about, it doesn't feel like work.” Colin brought along his girlfriend Simone, an actress and model, to share her experiences as well. Simone is the body double for Lara Croft in the new Rise of the Tomb Raider game, and was excited to give advice about the working world to any student willing to listen. She advised artists not to “be a copy. Find what inspires you and make it your own, that way it is yours and it is unique. That is what art is all about.” The two showed students some of Colin’s videos, some of which featured Simone. After class, Colin allowed students to come to the theater for a special preview of his newest documentary, Saving Banksy. The documentary showcases the work of street artist Banksy, whose art is being taken off of buildings and sold for millions of dollars without his permission, and he doesn’t see a single dollar of the profit for his work. This is not a unique case in the art world, and Colin’s movie brings to light the controversy surrounding street art, and what it means to the public. Colin and Simone visited with students, answering questions and offering advice, inspiring NCS students with their success. Perhaps most inspiring were Colin’s final words about art and finances. He said “I may not be rich financially, but I am rich in experience, and that is what success really is. This is what art means to me, and what art should be.”
To see more of Colin M. Day's work visit his Vimeo site here: https://vimeo.com/colinmday