Aleks Kocev

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a filmmaker?

A:

I think deep down I always knew that I wanted to work in the creative field in some capacity as a filmmaker. It just took many years of doing jobs I didn’t want to do to figure out in the end what I truly wanted to do. The people who get that thing they do for the rest of their lives right out of the gate are insanely lucky, so don’t get down on yourself if you haven’t found that thing right away. Keep at it.



Q: Who or what are your biggest influences or heroes?

A:

I think my brother was an insanely big influence on me growing up. He used to take me to the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York when I was 10 and we would climb trailless mountains. I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger, but when I got older having that foundation was invaluable. Another big influence was Japanese cinema. Miyazaki was really influential in shaping how I approached color and Kurosawa really influences my thoughts on conveying emotion without words and cutting on movement in my edits.



Q: For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

A:

First and foremost for my wife Erica. She’s been with me since the start of my career and through the ups and downs has always supported me and my dreams. Second I’d say that I’m insanely grateful that I get to wake up every day and support myself being creative and telling stories. So many people would kill to be in my position and I hope to never get complacent in my gratitude for that opportunity.



Q: What one PRNCPL do you abide that is most important to you?

A:

Have compassion for one another. Life is too short to spend it in hate.



Q: What or who motivates you the most? 

A:

Time motivates me. Our time here is really short, so I’m always thinking of how I can do more, travel more, learn more before my number is called. You can always make more money, you can never make more time, So as I get older I really prioritize how I’m spending my time.



Q: When do you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

A:

Elon Musk. The guy continually makes strides and progress in whatever venture he pursues. I feel like he truly has the advancement of humanity at the forefront of his mind.



Q: There is a billboard and you can put any message on it for the world to see, what do you put on it?

A:

Take care of the earth because we only have one.



Q: What do you value most in a friendship?

A:

Honesty. I think if we can be honest and receptive to one another we can thrive.



Q: If you could have a poster of someone on your wall who would it be?

A:

Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin



Q: What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

A:

Swimming with sharks is not crazy or incredibly dangerous.



Q: What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

A:

I’ll let you know when I get to the end of the road.



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