We had the good fortune of connecting with ENRIQUE BATISTE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ENRIQUE, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor to me is, belief. Belief in myself, ,the brand, my team and where we are going.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
AS A FILM DIRECTOR MY GOAL IS TO STRAP YOU INTO A FRONT ROW EXPERIENCE. MY ART IS VERY AVANT GARDE, I PUSH TO TELL MY STORIES THROUGH A VERY UNIQUE LENS OF ORIGINALITY. I BELIEVE THE TOPICS WE CHOOSE TO USE AND THE PERSPECTIVE WE TELL IT FROM IS VERY REFRESHING TO OUR CORE AUDIENCE. WHAT SETS US APART IS US OR ME BEING ME. STAYING TRUE TO OURSELVES NOT RUNNING BEHIND WHATS POPULAR AND CREATING OR OWN WAVE WITH OUR OWN VOICE. I AM MOST PROUD OF HOW FAR WE HAVE CAME FROM THE FIRST TIME PICKING UP A CAMERA TO DOING A SHORT AND WINNING 18 AWARDS TO NOW BEING IN CERTAIN OFFICES/BUILDINGS THAT YOU COULD ONLY DREAMED ABOUT BEING IN COMING UP WAS UNHEARD OF A FEW YEARS GO. NOTHING ABOUT IT EASY BUT NOTHING IS HARD WHEN SET YOUR MIND AND HEART ON SOMETHING AND WHERE YOU WANNA BE IN LIFE. MY WILL TO ACTUALLY BE ON OF THE GREATEST AND ACTUALLY MEAN IT ALLOWS ME TO HURDLE OVER OBSTACLES. WE’RE GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT AND GET IT DONE, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS WE SET OUT TO DO. SOM EOF THE HARDEST THINGS IVE ACCOMPLISHED WHILE WRITING AND FILMING IS TO SAY IT ALL WHILE SAYING NOTHING. I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT THE CLICHE SAYING IS TRUE. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, YOU CAN WHATEVER YOU WANT. IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH, AND THE WILL TO ACTUALLY GET THERE. OUR BRAND IS THE DOPEST AND OUR DOPE DON’T SPOIL!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
WE WOULD DEFINITELY HIT UP MY PEOPLE TAWANA CARTER’S RSVP BRUNCH AT HER DOPE SPOT TRIBECA BUCKHEAD FOR GREAT FOOD, DRINKS AND GOOD VIBES. I’D HIT UP MY BRO KO FROM ATATF WHICH NOW PICKING AMAZING SPOTS FOR ATATF EATS MEETUPS. THEY WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE TO MEET THE AMAZING PEOPLE OF RAW WORK FILMS AND DICE SHAKERS PODCAST. YOU WANT A GOOD TIME THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE TO SEE, AND WHERE EVER ANDREONA MACK IS BARTENDING IF THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AMAZING DRINKS.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
EVERY PERSON THAT HAS SUPPORTED ME OR THE RAW WORK BRAND IN ANY TYPE OF WAY. IT IS WAY TOO MANY TO NAME INDIVIDUALLY. SO EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT HAS WATCH A FILM, SERIES, MUSIC VIDEO. BOUGHT ANY OF OUR MERCH, THOSE THAT HAVE REACHED OUT TO MYSELF OR ANY PERSON ON OUR TEAM AND EXPRESSED HOW MUCH THEY LOVE WHAT WE’RE DOING FROM EVERY ASPECT. YOU ALL DESERVE THE CREDIT, THANK YOU!