“A Choice to Make” an Architect Short Film
Four years ago, I made the decision to part ways with the traditional practice of architecture in search of something more rewarding. I left behind a salary and good friends. I left a job that supported my family but left me creatively unfulfilled. Without a long client list or a Rolodex full of contacts, and no familial connections to funnel work my way I began experimenting. I did anything and everything I could to feed my creative intellect.
I made things, each and every day. Most of what I made failed, but I took note of the ones that didn’t and learned from them. I persisted and kept making. I continued to reevaluate what being an architect might look like; what it meant to me.
I found the traditional definition of practice stifling. I wasn’t content doing only one thing. Of course, I loved architecture deeply, but I also wanted to pursue writing and photography, video editing and sketching, model making and paper cutting, book publishing, marketing and interior design.
As my definition of what being an architect meant expanded to include all these things I discovered this deep well of creative freedom that traditional practice – for me – had been lacking.
Is my path the right one for everyone? Of course not. Is this expanded definition of a creative life perfect or unfailing? Hardly. But, experimenting has brought me closer than ever to my childhood vision of what a fulfilling life might look like.
Each day is a new experiment in making. And this short film? That’s an experiment too. I made it with you in mind. To empower you to go find the things that make you feel most alive, most fulfilled, the things that bring you happiness.
This channel is possible because of you – my friends and viewers. I hope you’ll share your story in the comments below and together we can broaden the definition of what it means to live a fulfilling, creative life.
Video and Editing: Trent Bell Photography
Written by: Eric and Laura Reinholdt
Story Editing and Direction: Elise Derosa