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Happy Thursday, Adolescent! This week, we want to introduce you to Cassie Hicks—an 18-year-old photographer from San Diego. For her Member Crush feature, we talked to her about starting her magazine, Fever Dreams, during quar, brainstorming shoots on Pinterest, and how being an Adolescent Member has influenced her work.
Adolescent Content: Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from? How old are you? How are you spending your time these days?
Cassie Hicks: Hi!!!! I'm Cassie, I'm 18 years old, and for those that don't know I really love photography and art! I'm from San Diego and am currently still down here because of online classes. I spend a lot of my time lately on my magazine! Fever Dreams Magazine has been so fun, and we just released our first print issue which is super exciting. I've always wanted to create a magazine just because I love photography and art so much and that always seemed super fun to me. In quarantine I finally got it started and it’s been the best experience ever. I've been able to collaborate with other artists, work with an amazing team, and make cool stuff.
Adolescent: How has 2020 changed your work and style?
Cassie: I've been able to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit since we've been stuck at home for so long. I’ve also been doing a lot more photography with the magazine, so that’s just constantly changing and growing. It’s been really hard to stay motivated all the time in the middle of this pandemic, but I think I'm doing alright and I'm proud of what I've been able to get done!
Adolescent: Can you tell me about your shooting process, from coming up with a concept to editing the photos?
Cassie: I love looking through Pinterest to brainstorm ideas and stuff, but I often don't like to plan it too much—otherwise, I feel like I just end up getting frustrated. I like to kind of just go with the flow, and I seem to like the outcome a bit better when I do that. I think when I set too high of an expectation for myself I just end up disappointed, and so I'd rather just go in blind.
Adolescent: How does being in San Diego affect your work?
Cassie: Honestly I really don't go to the beach that much so in that aspect, it doesn't really affect me. I've been here my whole life so I don't really know if it affects my work any differently, but the sun helps a ton!
Adolescent: What’s it been like being an Adolescent Member?
Cassie: It's really great! It's so cool to be in a community with other creatives and artists that I love. I started the magazine through the Adolescent Slack so it definitely has played a role in this journey!