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NFT Artist Shantell Martin, Talks About Her Inspiring Journey, In A Digital World

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Many thanks for doing this for us; please let our users know about yourself and about your NFT Arts? 

Of course, thank you for this opportunity. I’m a visual artist, originally from Southeast London, but now based in NY & LA. The foundation of my practice is drawing, but I’ve been very fortunate and passionate about working in all types of industries from art, technology, fashion, education, etc. You can learn more about my story in my Youtube series “Come What May.”  

When I graduated from CSM in London, I moved to Japan, where I became a VJ working in digital and analog, so I’ve really always been interested in the digital space and how to create in it and for it. Last year, since I was unable to travel due to the pandemic, I actually had the time and space to learn and explore about NFTs, and that’s really when I dove in.  

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I always drew as a child. It was something that I used as a tool to process my feelings and the environment around me. My path has been a long and winding road, much like it is for many artists, but I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to carve out my own space for myself.  

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?  

Honestly, I still can’t believe that I get to travel around the world, meet all types of people, collaborate with other artists and experts in their own fields, and it all stems from a line drawn from my pen.  

Do you think NFTs, which are open to virtual reality, could adversely impact our health due to increased screen time? 

Well, I think we all know that there are dangers in the digital space. But like any tool, it’s about learning how to use it in a positive way and always knowing what the intention is behind it.  

What are some upcoming programs you hope to launch this year? 

Right now, I’m in Boston for rehearsals with the Boston Ballet. I’ve spent the last two years learning how to translate my lines into movement, and I’m very proud to premiere my first choreographed work, KITES, at the beginning of March with the Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House.  

What your NFT collection is about? 

My collections, in general, are an extension of the work I create IRL. I try to create work that is both positive and inspiring and like seeds in the sense that they have the potential to grow within us as questions about intention, identity, and connection.  

What do you think will be the future of NFT in this industry? 

That’s a big question… I think we’re all going to find out as we create it, but hopefully, it will be a positive way for artists to continue creating and sharing their work.  

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? 

Somewhere warm, supported, and growing with a great team… creating more work that’s able to reach more people.  

You have been blessed with great success in a career path. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but seem daunted by the prospect of failure? 

Don’t IF game. Use what you have to create your own opportunities and stay disciplined, committed, and patient.  

Lastly, what do you think this world needs the most? 

Kindness and Empathy. Transparency and Conversation.

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