We had the good fortune of connecting with Alan Corvaia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alan, why did you pursue a creative career?

I’m intrigued… I don’t know a lot about anything and I’m curious about everything, about the perceptions and beliefs we create for ourselves, the situations that we drive ourselves to, our human consciousness, and beyond. Why are there so many rules? Why do people live most of their lives based out on fear? Can we do anything to change this?

 I want to enlighten this world with love, and I strongly believe that by becoming in touch with our creativity we can learn to see pass judgement and connect to the wavelength that bounds us all together. I want to bring light to those who surround me. I want us both to solve the problems to our endless questions. I want to demonstrate you, yes YOU, that anything you can think of is within your reach. But most importantly, I want us to thrive together with the love that we share for one another, that love that is born within, and allows us to live in a perpetual state of bliss, we call the present moment. This is the reason for what I pursue what I do.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

With each day that goes by, I’m realizing more and more that the way I was wired to think and behave has inhibit me from fully engaging life. I’m currently realizing that I have been living my life based on people’s expectations of me, rather than what I really think of me and my art. Yet, it is these same trenches that I have walked that have help me realized what I know now. I enjoy portraying this in my work, in the pieces of clothing I customize, in the paintings I make, in the plays I write, the projects I make and the movies I act. Yet I don’t know an awful lot, in fact, the only thing that I know for sure is that there is a kid in me still craving to keep on learning, seeing, hearing, and feeling more… It is the spirit within this kid that lightens up days, that allows me to see you beyond my self-induced fear, and to connect on a deeper level. 

See, no matter what I’m doing or where I’m going I always feel most whole when I’m sharing a genuine moment of presence with you or someone else, a moment characterized by this feeling we call love. And it feels so open and vulnerable, I forget I have to go somewhere, be something or reach someone… it actually liberates me with peace and freedom. This is what I want my art to do for you and other people. And as long as I keep breathing, all I will try to do is bring light, joy, and presence to everyone. So that we can learn to connect beyond the superficiality that plagues our lives, so that we can see one another for who we are and so that what we can play together, just like the kids we were, as we ultimately walk pass the gates of fear to the eternal gates of freedom.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

There is so much to see in LA yet If I had only one day: I would love to take them for breakfast at a local Venezuelan breakfast place in Santa Monica, called Cafe Bolivar. Let them walk through the beach and the pier. As well as the Third Street Promenade. After that, I would take them for coffee to an incredibly delicious local coffee roaster in Venice, called Alana’s. Then, I would go for a short walk with them through the streets of Abbot Kinney, introduce them to the local artists there. Then, I would take them for lunch to Jackson Market and Deli at Culver City. After that, I’d ride them on a crazy short adventure through the hills of the Griffith Observatory park, followed by a beautiful sunset at Malibu. Finally, I would bring the trip full circle by gathering all my friends at a lovely dinner at the Grand Central Market, along with a late showing at the Electric Dusk drive-in movie theater.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I believe 98% Original wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you, because just now, by reading this, you are adding your own grain of salt to this creation. Because nothing we do is really 100% original, but rather a cohesion of ideas inspired by each other continuously evolving and working just like breath; every time you exhale, someone else will inhale. This is why I’d also like to thank my mom, brother, and father for never letting go of me and for opening the doors to my soul to be what I am today. I’d like to thank all the experiences I have shared with my dearest friends as well as the strangers in my life, from the smallest “thank you’s” to the grandest “I love you’s” -Lastly, if you are out there in search for more knowledge, I’d like to recommend you three books which have greatly influenced my perspective on life: The Four Agreements and the Mastery of Love (both by Don Miguel Ruiz) and The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle). Thank you for taking the time to be with me today.

Instagram: @98Original

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Other: 98percentoriginal@gmail.com

Image Credits
Dmitriy Usov, George Jenkins, Mitch Storey, Sika Lonner.

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