Orion Vanessa Carloto is a true artist in every sense of the word, and we could not be more thrilled to share with you our exclusive interview with her.
We’re not gonna lie, when we first reached out to Orion, we were in full blown geek mode because from one writer to another, we really wanted to pick her mind about not only her inspiration behind her work, but also how she views the age old question of whether or not all writers have to be sad or crazy to produce good work.
Orion is not just a writer though. She is the true definition of a jack of all trades. Walking into her YouTube page feels as though you’re watching a never ending stream of beautifully crafted short films. Everything feels a bit like a dream, or sometimes like you’re taking a peak into another era, and we simply can’t get enough of t.
Outside of writing, Orion has a hand in art, photography and fashion, combined with her social media aesthetic that always feels like a cross between spring and fall, she’s impossible to not stand out amongst other Influencers.
Check out our full interview with Orion Carloto below to read all about how NYC has inspired her, what she would take with her in a fire, and the fulfillment that cats can bring to your life.
1. You are an artist in every sense of the word, but what inspires your art? Do you find you are moved more so by tangible concepts or intangible ones?
It mostly depends on what outlet I’m choosing to express my art in. When it comes to my writing and poetry, I pull inspiration from my nostalgic past and the endeavors I’m experiencing. It’s very rare when I’m writing something fictional. So, I would say my life within itself inspires me. The people I surround myself with, the love I choose to give and receive, the person I once was and the person I’ve yet to become, a tangible memory or an intangible idealization my mind has convinced me to believe, just ultimately the scenarios my everyday life leads itself into. As pretentious as it may come across, I find that writing about what I know best has felt more organic and natural in tone and overall in my pieces.
2. What book are you currently reading? If none, what was the last one you read?
“The Kiss” by Katherine Harrison. A twisted memoir about the authors mutual romance between her and her absent biological father. I try to pull away from reading things that make me feel uneasy, but the taboo was too tempting to resist.
3. Your video talking about your sexuality was one of our favorites we’ve seen posted to YouTube simply because of your utter honesty. Was this scary for you to do? Have you noticed a difference amongst your followers since?
Being that sexuality and identification has been a surfaced issue amongst my every day life, I believe that once I fully accepted who I am, it became easier to be honest with the people around me as well. Growing up, a lot of my focus was on who liked me versus who didn’t, so when it occurred to me that my demeanor towards woman was just as equal as it is to men, I feared that it would make the ones around me turn their noses in the air. Growing up and realizing that my life shouldn’t revolve around everyone else’s opinions, I said “fuck it.” You can accept me for who I am, or you can move on. Once I created that mantra in my head, it became easier for me to become more earnest with everyone. Was it terrifying at first? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Never. The lovely people that do choose to follow me just continued to support me as much as they did before. The only difference I could notice is some of them becoming more honest with themselves too. That alone drives me to continue doing what I do.
4. Poets/poetry can sometimes be pigeonholed into certain ideas. How would you, personally, describe poetry to someone who didn’t know what it was?
Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, “Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.” Do with the gender as you please, but I believe those words alone describe exactly what poetry is.
5. What is your favorite part about living in NYC? Does where you are, location wise, inspire your writing differently?
New York City is a world of endless opportunities; it’s a world I’ve always dreamt of indulging in. Of course before moving here, everyone told me I will eventually see New York for what it is outside of my rose colored glasses, but every day I wake up more in love. Just strolling along the sidewalk aimlessly through the city, I find inspiration for writing every where. The girl alone waiting for her train, the old man perched on a Central Park bench reading his daily Times, waking up at 7 am to a blaring siren, the
couple sharing their first kiss in front of a brownstone apartment, Coney Island lights, fresh coffee and corner store bagels, the quick smell of laundry whilst walking past someones building late at night, sharing stories with someone you met from across the pond, holding hands with someone you love down an unfamiliar street. New York will do that to you. It will take you in unexpectedly, it will make you cry and it’ll make you laugh. It will scare you and it will make you realize you don’t need to be anywhere else. It’ll make you fall in love.
6. If you could go back to a moment in history and live it, what would it be and why?
Perhaps back to 1970 when the Women’s Strike for Equality took place. It was such a crucial moment in history where women fought indefatigable for what they believed in. I would have loved to have been apart of that march.
7. How has being a cat mom given you the greatest fulfillment?
Being the stereotypical Virgo that I am, I always feel as though I need to be taking care of something and having two cats fulfills that need of mine ever so easily! Also watching how nurturing they are towards one another is just unbelievably heart warming. Atticus and Lolita are relationship goals.
8. Outside of your cats, what is one thing you would make sure to grab from your apartment if it was on fire?
My memory box I’ve had for 5 years that’s filled with dated photographs, postcards, and old writings.
9. The idea that writers are all mad or sad in some way is one that has carried on throughout the years. Do you believe this to be true in any capacity?
I can’t speak for every writer and their experience with something so personal, but it’s no doubt that there is an abundance of feeling when it comes to pouring your words on paper. Whether that be sadness, madness, bliss, or anything in between, writers take on the responsibility to take everything thats inside and bring it out as best as possible. You don’t have to be sad or dealing with any sort of illness to be a writer or to indulge in it. That would make for one unhealthy hobby. For the longest time I was afraid
to express the jokester in me and how ridiculously awkward I am in fear that no one would take me seriously as a writer, or more specifically, a poet. There isn’t a certain requirement on how you should be forced to act in order to be considered someone who writes. Some days I’m screaming nonsense with my friends and making a complete fool of myself and others I’m locked in my room, feeling overbearingly alone, too god damn sad to leave my bed, and writing the rest of my day away in my journal. Do as you
please, just make sure to continue writing. Fuck what you’re “supposed” to be.
10. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received from someone? It can be about anything.
Mama said it best, “I have more fingers on my one hand than I do real friends. Be wise with who you trust and remember you don’t have to physically have it all to feel like you have it all.”