“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done”. These words have never been more true to a generation full of dreamers and even more so achievers. Houston’s nationally renowned director and taste-maker Michael Artis is the manifestation of what is possible with natural talent, unshakable faith, humility, and the mentality of the ultimate hustler. Michael’s approach to forward thinking has not only helped him lay the foundation for his continuously growing empire, but has allowed him to be an integral influence in the lives of generations before and after him.
Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Michael Artis has always had a vision that surpassed his surroundings and current situations. Born September 13, 1981, Michael possessed the vital attributes of a Virgo. His keen eye, attention-to-detail, and industriousness would prove early on that success would follow anything he became involved with. The grounded upbringing and strong work ethic instilled in him by his family propelled Michael to supersede the expectations of his peers and community. His diligence and drive resulted in his high school creating and presenting him with a young entrepreneur award, the first of its kind. This recognition further fueled the flame of Michael’s ambition to become the self-made man he is today.
Entrepreneurship is not a new concept to Michael as he pioneered the nightlife scene in Southeast Texas, owning the most successful night club in the region at the age of 21. After conquering one industry, Mr. Artis set his sights on a new venture, taking interest in video and film production. He created his own media company Michael Artis Films (MAF). With no formal training, Michael taught himself the ins and outs, putting in more than the required 10,000 hours over the years; not only to perfect his craft, but to set himself apart as a stand out creative force within the entertainment industry.
Michael understands the formula to create something that is visually stimulating and complimentary to the subject matter. It takes an inventive mind to conceive just the right treatment to translate ideas from the pen and pad to the screen. Michael has mastered the art of storytelling, and has executed the most ground breaking visuals for some of the biggest names in entertainment. His vast resume includes work with Big K.R.I.T., Meek Mill, Propain, Rich Homie Quan, and Kirko Bangz. Michael’s ability to impeccably deliver one of a kind visuals are cause for hip-hop legends like Scarface, Bun-B, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug to entrust him to create videos for their major releases.
Michael Artis is more than just a director. His product and reputation have opened the door for him to build relationships with major media outlets such as MTV Jams, BET, XXL, Complex, The Source, Rap Radar, and World Star Hip Hop. Thus, making him a large influence in reviving and jump starting the careers of today’s hottest artists. In addition to his successful media company, Michael has his hands in a plethora of other businesses. The Michael Artisbrand continues to expand on a global scale with his signature clothing line, and his partnership with Deluxe Vodka where he recently traveled with the brand on a European tour.
A true visionary, Michael Artis without question has tunnel vision and a hustle that cannot be denied. He has garnered the respect of the masses while remaining humble and focused. This world is comprised of three types of people: those that dream, those that say, and those that DO. Michel Artis embodies all three as a man of action with the mind of a young mogul. As he continues to build his legacy as a premier director, business man, and philanthropist, Michel Artis will undoubtedly set the standard and inspire young visionaries for generations to come.