MIKAEL KUITUNEN

Who are you? 
I have graduated as a graphics designer, but mostly I have passion to stills.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
I didn’t have that strong vision what I want to be when I grow up, but I knew I want to travel to see the other cultures and the wonders of the world.

What does success mean to you?
In my case success isn’t all what you achieve. I prefer to surf trough life going towards my goals, but still enjoying it.

What quote inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
Mentally richness is not the more you own, but the less you lack.

What does the world need more of? Less of?
This sounds quite korny, but I prefer more love and less war.

Name a (wo)man who you admire or look up to.
Once I had a change to have a little chat with Mr. Casey Neistat. I admire his creativity and good spirit. Althought he would have change to retire, he does everything just like when he started youtubing.

What characteristics do you most admire in other creative people?
There is always possibilities to improve selling your skills. I feel I could do so much more.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
To pour a glass of rich wine and eat something special.

Which of your traits are you the most proud of?
Perfectionist. For most I’m really easy going person, but when I’m creating digital content to customers I find a perfectionist inside me.

Name your greatest success in your career.
The greatest success of my career, hmm. I really loved to go to Italian Riviera with the cruise company “Silja Line”. The whole trip was amazing. We visited Monaco and a local “olive oil” family took care of us for the whole time we stayed in this small village. I must say very interesting stuff is coming, but cannot tell yet.

What surprises people most about you?
I try to see the world as a huge playground with millions of possibilities. Sometimes routines kill what we are. I prefer to do something crazy and step out of my comfort zone.

What was your first job?
My first job that I actually get paid was to take a few shots for the World Trade Magazine.

Who is your style icon and why?
My style icon.. I must say I don’t have just one style icon. I admire people that are a bit crazy and are as they are and even go beyond that.

What are you most grateful for?
I’m grateful for basic things like health, family and people around me.

What’s the weirdest thing about you?
Sometimes when I feel nervous about some situation I’m heading to, I play the song “Low Rider” like in the movie “Gone in 60 seconds”. Another, once I went to Tokyo with my friend and we slept two nights under the bridge in a row. I was kind of weird thing but I’m happy we did it. Sometimes when asked why is better to answer why not.

What are you excited for when you wake up in the morning?
That I woke up.

Did you go to college? If so, would you recommend it?
I definitely recommend going to college. I didn’t go because I thought I was too young and wild to study. If I had another chance to live that time again, I would go to college.

What do you want to be doing in ten years?
I see myself doing things like before, but bigger.

What’s the best thing about what you do?
When I manage to get somebody to feel happy, that’s the best thing. Sometimes it means a person being satisfied of how he/she is shown in a portrait.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

“Simply, you’re special.”