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This is Free Agency

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The View From Up Here

How’s the view from up here? It’s infinite and inspiring, because the way Elie sees it, this city is made for exploring. A new age creator whose POV is unlike the rest - from out in front, from up above, his strategy is simple. You’ve got to create faster than they can copy, let your standards expand with your horizons. After all, it’s only natural your standards are high when you’re so far up. At such great heights, Ellie’s got social media savant that’s killing the game slowly. On top of the city looking low, this is a next level stare down. Hold tight. 
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Team Vitaly

How many extreme sport athletes does it take to design a piece of jewelry? Ten. The answer is ten. And the jewelry is tough as nails just like the designers behind the Toronto-based label Vitaly. For the latest episode of MTV Originals, we dove board-first into the gender-defying accessories studio of the label’s founder Shane Foran. From it’s eat, pray, love beginnings to its Lords of Dogtown prospects the brand is showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. But Life in the fast lane ain’t easy, especially when your working with tungsten, the hardest metal on the planet. Faced with a skateboard or drawing board, he puts it all on the line for a dream born in Bali.
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We teamed up with our friends @lovebottherobot & @mr1loveto to bring digital love to Digital Dreams. See #brilliantworks at YouTube.com/brilliantworks.
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In case you missed it, an inspiring dose of @legendsleague on mtv.ca/originals.
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Whoever said watching paint dry (or ice melt) isn't fun, didn't try hard enough.
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A look inside of the toolkit that helps @treverferever make magic, now on thisisfreeagency.com.

Neither Here Nor There

MTV FORA Girl Guide

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The Creator's Toolkit: Trevor Wheatley

It’s a good day for Trevor Wheatley when a group of horses show up on shoot day wanting to pose by the art. Casual, no? About as casual as finding a half pipe in the woods or location scouting with no agenda only to find exactly what you imaged, only better. But in the life of this Toronto-based graffiti to gallery artist the days are filled with pleasant haphazards left to chance, left to crumble. In Wheatley's books rundown, rusty, and forgotten are positive descriptors. Essential even.  Is it any surprise that he calls an old downtown industrial building his HQ? Ready to bike/skate/drive at a moment's notice, the company he keeps matches his penchant for exploration, adventure for adventure. When friend is just another word for teammate, your car is always filled with city kids looking for their next discovery.
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Heart And Hustle Through The Lens Of A Legend

When challenged with thousands of square feet of gallery space to fill, Bryan Espiritu quit his day job. Turning hurdles grand and grueling into something to covet, the legend behind the league counts a clothing empire, creative agency, and written compilations as his bounty. He’s a can’t-stop creator, that’s for sure. When heart and hustle come into play, accomplishments are measured in forever-and-a-halfs. A polymath by way of permanent marker drips, Espiritu showed MTV Originals a glimpse into the major league. 
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The Free Agent: Tre Mission

Tre Mission is a man of many words. When up against his rhyme-spitting contemporaries, the Toronto artist looks to the past. In honour of this year's CMW rap showcase Tre Mission arrived at our studio in the company of Karla “Hustlegrl” Moy and the Noisey crew. Easily the ultimate advocate of making it on your own, yet he slices through beats with the ease of a full-fledged collective. Like a man on a mission he’s a self-produced triple threat.
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Thinking Reese

A conversation with Reese Cromwell is the definition of realtalk. As founder/designer of the covetable THINK Reese brand, you could call her approach the no bullshit method. It’s that combination of uninterrupted ambition and megawatt positivity that earned Reese her spot in MTV FORA's Girl Guide. Ready to talk business and bikinis, the Toronto turned L.A. lady joined us in the studio for a crash course in chasing your dreams.
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The Creator's Toolkit: Luca Mainini

You could call his work “Pop Culture: The Remake”, but don’t be too quick to associate the second-rate status of a sequel with Luca Mainini’s creations. After all, many would argue that sequels almost always fall short of their predecessors. If the Italian collagist has anything to say about that matter however, the remake would be the feature presentation. Merging iconography from this decade and that, his works transcend eras, creating something both from the future and from the past. With his bare essentials toolkit, he works a slapdash system of cut copy concurrence.  Allowing us a glimpse into the life and times of his digital wonderland Mainini gave us his insight on following your instincts and Instagram addictions. As his hodgepodge Hollywood starlets performed their frenzied dance he talked to the GIFs, and in their own way, the GIFs talked back. 
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The Creator's Toolkit: It's A Living

 The saying “I’m not sure how but I know I will” hangs on the wall of his all white studio- a nod to both his own beginnings in design and the started from the bottom mindset of his 80s rap icons. Ricardo Gonzales the Mexican-born, Canada-trained graphics whiz behind It’s A Living knows that doing what he loves is pure motivation enough. That, and traveling, be it by skateboard or otherwise. An unintentional Free Agent with a penchant for type, Gonzales counts a Wacom tablet, a moleskine journal, and a Nike backpack stocked with Krink markers as his on-the-road essentials.
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Between The Lines With Lizzie Renaud

Lizzie Renaud said it herself: tattooing is a boy’s club. If you read between the ink lines though, you’ll see what truly makes the marker is a special kind of confidence to tattoo. Working harder, sketching better, Renaud soon established herself amongst the top body artists in the city. Better than drawing and more fun than paint to canvas, she’s since opened her own shop Speakeasy Tattoo built on the principles of traditional tattoo culture. Without hesitation the budding entrepreneur took her next leap, no sweat, launching Toronto’s premier nail art studio: Pinky’s Nails. So yeah, tattooing may be a boy’s club but the club president is undoubtedly a girl.
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Plants & Projectors with Kastor & Pollux

So maybe they’re not actually twins, but Dani and Bianca of Kastor & Pollux are certainly cut from the same cloth. Or at least they’ve been cutting the same cloth, together, since the two cyber stalwarts met back in 2008. As part of the MTV Originals webseries the pint-sized entrepreneurs gave us an unfiltered peak at the Kastor & Pollux way. Amongst the succulents, host Phoebe Dykstra learns a lesson in cross-coordination.
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Laced Up & Unleashed

Few things in life are better than puppies. Add shoes to the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect combo. We teamed up with our friends at Capezio to bring you the best of both worlds; featuring a French bulldog, a husky puppy, and one of our favourite blonde darlings.