PLAY FOR A LIVING | MARQUE COX: SKATEBOARD FILMOGRAPHER

Are you working? What kind of work do you do? What do you do for a living?
Life is too short to be slaving away 8 hours of your day at a job you hate. If you think about it, you work 8 hours a day, and sleep an average of 8. That's 2/3 of your day spent going nowhere, 2/3 of your precious life on Earth spent doing what? Do you ever ask yourself that? It's crazy. Tyler Durden said it best..."an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy sh*t we don't need. We're the middle children of history. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war...our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars..."
We decided to start this series for our blog to cover our homies that do what they love...where passion goes beyond money, status, and...turquoise Ferrari's lol or whatever else. We do it because their passion breeds passion. We push harder because those around us push harder. This is precisely why it is important to surround yourselves with the right friends, the ones that grind. The ones that do what they do and it goes beyond themselves. Kennedy Denim Company is the new workwear for the modern work force. Levi's, Lee, Wrangler, Carhartt etc. all produced for their generation of workers that enriched America. Gold Miners, Railroad workers, Coal Miners, Lumberjacks, etc. We support our generation of workers that enrich the country even further. Jeff Staple said something that stuck with me...or he jacked it from Sun Tzu or something but he said:
"If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."
You do what you love to do, and it pays? Damn bro, what more can you ask for. 
Introducing Marque Cox.

Q: Share with us a bit more on your passion for filming and editing, specifically with skateboarding. What got you into it?  
A. I've been a skateboarder my whole life and watched so many great skateboard videos, when I got my first camera it was sort of a community camera so everyone could film each other. I wasn't trying to be a filmer or editor at all, I just tried to make it as a skateboarder filming 'sponsor me' videos to get free skateboards. Injury after injury I would start filming more because my ankles are dust and I would always sprain and break my ankles. 
Q: Tell us a bit about your history with Skateboarding
A: Growing up skateboarding I met a lot of rad people, me and a group of friends got sponsored by Tony Alva's company "Alva" here in Los Angeles. Our team manager Richard Villa really hooked me up, after a while living in my car he gave me a job at the Alva store for 2 years working full time. Then eventually living with him for a couple months I saved up enough to buy my first HD video camera.
Q: When was the point where you realized you could make a living off your passion? How did that happen? 
A: After I got my HD camera I called my old friend Erik Bragg who has been in the skate video world for a while to ask him a few questions about the camera and I remember him saying "Damn Marque you're really trying to be a filmer??" cause he used to film me a lot back in the day. Erik ended up teaching me how to film & edit videos, I now live and work with Erik today! 
Q: Tell us about the Cha Cha Skate film festival and what it meant to you upon winning.
A: There was a film festival called (CCLISFF) for skateboard videos that I entered. It was my first time entering any film contest and I ended up getting first place. I was pretty shocked because there was a lot of good videos that year...I also met a lot of cool people from that film festival.
Q: What was your first skate video project? 
A: Erik Bragg used to give me editing jobs for Active Ride Shop and sometimes I would help him film videos for them. Eventually he got hired at Red Bull and Plan B, I was already in the mix at Active and started doing all their videos. I ended up filming my first full length video "where is it?" for Active, It was also their first video. After that I worked with Erik on the Plan B video called "True" I was working day and night on that project.
Q: Share a bit on your favorite aspects of filming?
A: Filming skateboarding is always fun to do, but the most fun thing to film for me is funny skits with friends or cool Instagram videos.
Q: Share a bit on your least favorite aspects of filming?
A: Filming/editing videos, that I don't like. Sometimes to make extra money I will film cheesy or cliche videos that are just boring. But I always have my in between videos I can make that are fun like this CCLISFF contest. I have no rules and I can film/edit whatever I want.
Q: Share a bit on what you’re currently working on now?
A: Right now I'm editing the new season of 'Sheckler Sessions' for Red Bull, also editing some new Plan B videos that I'm not sure if I can talk about...but what I'm really hyped on is the CCLISFF (cha cha lounge Independent skateboard film festival) I'm making a video this year and its almost finished. Coolest video I've worked on in a while!
 
Q: Talk about progression in your craft. What inspires you to do better?
A: Just like most artists I want to make better videos than my past videos. I can watch a video I did last year and thought at the time I nailed it. Now i'll look at it and see a thousand things I could have done to make it better. 

Q: Where is Marque Cox going to be 5 years from now? 
A: 5 years from now i'll hopefully be waking up in a Jacuzzi filled with women and money! haha 
Q: How does the phrase “Underdog by Birth, Winner by Decision” strike you personally?
A: I guess if I'm doing what I'm doing right now and life is good, i'll try to do what I do harder and life will be great!! 
Special Thanks to: 
Marque Cox - Interviewer | @namedrop
Jonas Lucero  - Skateboarder | @jonas_lucero
Anthony Furlong - Photographer | @anthonyfur

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