Director X has worked on your favorite music video. From doing storyboards for the influential director Hype Williams to helming clips like "Hotline Bling" and "Like I Would,"—not to mention now moving into feature film territory with Superfly—X has been in the center of things for years now. We talked to him to discover how he moved from an internship at Much Music to directing music videos and movies featuring some of today's biggest stars—and how you can do it too. Watch the video above to find out.
How Director X Went From Intern to Directing “Hotline Bling”
Shawn is a writer and reporter for podcasts at Complex, and the author of the book Complex Presents Dummy Boy: Tekashi 6ix9ine and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. Shows he has written include Infamous and Complex Subject.
Shawn is also the former editor-in-chief of Rap Genius and the creator and host of The Cipher, a critically acclaimed hip-hop podcast. He has written about music and culture for Forbes, The Atlantic, Vibe, The Source, GQ, Esquire, The Sondheim Review, and more.