We had the good fortune of connecting with A’ndre Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A’ndre, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This a multi-layered answer for me but to consolidate, being able to have full creative control over my projects are extremely important. Whether music, stage, or film, I want my vision to go out to the world as I see/feel it, as opposed to what someone else tells me it should be.
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.
I am most proud about listening to that “inner voice” that told me to step out on faith and build my own brand. I am most excited to see the possibilities turning into actual projects. In regards to what sets me apart, I honestly believe just being me. I feel we are all created uniquely and when we tap in to who we were born to be, we automatically set ourselves apart. No one can be me better than me and vice versa. Building my own has literally been the toughest undergoing of my life and for an indie artist/creative, finances have absolutely been the biggest challenge followed by marketing. God is how I overcome those challenges. I meditate, pray, and if God says go, I go, and opportunities for funding have come about. That is one of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned. If God tells me to go, trust him and the process. It has literally never steered me wrong. I would like people to know that I’ve worked hard for everything. In wanting to do things my way, it has taken more time but it also the most rewarding experience. When I initially started my company, the goal was to tell stories from a male perspective that are relevant but seldomly ever discussed. Since then, I have expanded to tell more experiences from the black perspective and I’m proud of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a very difficult question because I am a foodie and a home body. We would definitely need to stop by How Delish HD. They are my favorite vegan cafe that also sells breakfast on the weekend and the sub sandwiches remind me of the bodega on the corner in my old neighborhood. We would definitely have to hit the city and get a drink from BBQ’s and visit Urban Vegan Kitchen. On the weekend, we would hang out at Delta’s restaurant which has great soul food and live entertainment. We are definitely hitting the gym or park a couple of those days to get the work-out in. I’d probably call some friends over and play spades or have a game night. That’s really it. A lot of eating and relaxing. I hate those trips that are filled with activities from the time you get there until the time you leave. Relax and breathe for a minute.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first shoutout would be to God. God is the plug. In addition to God, my family, manager – Darren Dowdy, and the small crew over at A-Diamond Entertainment – Tamara Stewart and Art Jones who help me keep these projects together. Thank you.
Portrait Photo created by Martryce Roach