Sideshow Artist Profile - Alfred Paredes

Sideshow Artist Profile – Alfred Paredes

(birds chirping) – I was trying to remember it. Kind of like a wedding day where you try to focus on all the things 'cause you know you're gonna
forget bits and pieces, and I was trying to take it all in. I knew that this wasn't something that a lot of people get a chance to do. And what would happen that day
would change my life forever. (inspirational piano music) No matter the obstacles,
no matter what they face, my parents always worked hard. So my parents weren't ones to
sort of make it easy on me. They were gonna teach me how
to work hard, so they did. At an early age I
started swinging a hammer before most kids even
knew what a hammer was. (inspirational music) I didn't really want to go to college. My parents were insistent
that I was gonna go. I applied to art college, and it was the only school I applied to, but luckily I got in. And they offered a sculpting
class, and I was like oh, that sounds cool, let me do that. And the very first time I
touched clay I fell in love. But eventually I had to make ends meet, and my only option was to
go back to doing what I did growing up, which was construction. (lighthearted music) I went and started working with my dad, and it wasn't something
that I wanted to do, it was something that I
needed to do to pay the bills. But it also felt like a step backwards, 'cause I had had a taste of
sculpting professionally. As much as I liked working with my dad, being able to see him all the time, it was never a job that I liked. I knew there needed to be something that I could do different. I started taking a week off
about every three months just to get something out, just
to get some creativity out. And in that time I would
work as much as I can, cramming in as much sculpture as I could. But between the two things,
art and construction, my life was sort of being pulled apart in two different directions. I was already late in life. I had lost essentially 10 years
of my growth as an artist. It was time to humble myself,
get rid of all the ego, and just say where can I
learn, who can I learn from, what can I do to get better
in the shortest time possible. Because this time around,
failure wasn't an option. (intense music) people started to recognize
that I was good at what I did. I was approached to do a monument, and knowing that this isn't an
opportunity that people get, I said yes, absolutely. I got to sort of have
a moment with my dad, because he got to see that
after all of the hard work, now here I was with a
big monument and a giant sort of credit to my name,
and he got to witness that, and he knew that I got out of construction for the right reason. The Lucky Baldwin unveiling
was on April 16th, 2013. A year later to the day
and almost to the hour, we were burying my father. (solemn music) Every year it comes around. It's both a happy memory
and it's also a sad one. It's weird to go through it
in your head so many times, and you're like, I'll
be fine, I'll be fine, I can say this out loud. And you just can't get through it. When my dad passed I knew he at least had the
memory of me succeeding. He got to see one of the
biggest crowning achievements in my career, even to this date. (inspirational music) My parents really instilled
a work ethic in me that's second to none. It really shaped the way
I approached everything. It doesn't matter how small or how big, it's always trying to make
it the best that I can. My parents always said, work hard, be your best, get the job done. That's what my parents did, and that's where I got that attitude from. My name is Alfred Paredes, and working hard got
me to where I am today. (inspirational piano music)


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