We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrian, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I wanted to be happy. I believe the secret to happiness lays in living life on your terms and loving what you do for a living. From a very young age, my parents had their own business and it was always rather small but sufficient and fulfilling to their personal growth and the success of our family. We weren’t financially rich but we were wealthy in many other ways that stemmed from the success of their business and what that did for their emotional well being.
They were alarmed when I went into the fashion world. I was a small town boy with no financial backup, moving to NYC all on a hunch, that it was the right thing for me and what I wanted to be a part of. I did the 9-5 lifestyle and corporate rat race for a while to upkeep my artistic endeavors and unpaid fashion internships/opportunities, but I knew that’s not what I wanted for myself.
8 years later I am living my dreams in Los Ángeles as a wardrobe stylist and creative director.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve learned the moment you start focusing on yourself, things start falling into place, and you have to be ready for that. I’ve manifested my career and life story since I was a teenager living in the mountain, countryside of Puerto Rico. To this day, the life I lived and career I’d embarked upon, has been exactly what I’ve wanted it to be and envision it being. Many times I didn’t realize, but now I can see that it all aided me and molded me into the artist and overall person I am today. Furthermore, when I was a kid, I remember watching MTV (when they played music videos) and being enchanted by everything that would go into making some of my favorite videos or live performances. The fashion and theater aspect of pop music always drew me in. Somehow I knew I wanted to be a part of that and by holding onto that dream, I am where I am today and feel I am still getting started since there’s so much I have yet to accomplish, but it’s on my cards for the near future.
As simple as I make that sound, it was in no way shape or form, an easy ride and still isn’t. One day I’ll write a good book that’ll cover the ups and downs of my path.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots in Los Angeles:
1. Melrose for the fashion, it’s great way to shop and support local artist/boutiques.
2. Getty Museum – You can’t come to LA and not make a stop at the Getty
3. Santee Alley – One of my absolute favorite places in Los Angeles. From the culture to the fashion and food! Ugh it’s my absolute favorite.
4. Hispanic Food – ALL OF IT!
5. Hiking – It’s a very LA thing to go for a hike, so if I had a friend coming over I’d take them there after all the food we will be eating.
6. Staples Center – Laker Game Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Off the top of my head my sister who is someone whose unconditional support has made all the difference.
The team of Leon & Brad at Bcalla for always supporting independent talent as myself.