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

Hi Brian, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind any individual’s “success(es)” is defining what “success” means to that individual. Everyone is going to have a different definition of what “success” means and within those individuals their own interpretations of what “success” means will change as well.

Unfortunately… or maybe fortunately enough for us, life does not exist in a static state. Just as life ebbs and flows from pleasurable to painful times, success too will always be followed by an inevitable failure. Perfection is not something that humans can continuously maintain and thank god or whatever may or may not be out there that we f*ck up and make mistakes. Because in those mistakes and failures we will find our greatest successes.

I do believe that is it crucial for me to constantly ask myself what I want out of life and how I can potentially get closer to achieving that set goal a.k.a. “success”. How can you get what you want, if you don’t even know what it is that you want? Again, this is just my opinion, but there probably is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to time spent “thinking”. If you want to achieve the generic versions of “success” it all comes down to action. I try not to get too caught up on thinking things out perfectly beforehand, especially if it comes at the expense of not creating anything at all.

Looking back on my favorite pieces of work or what I would call my successes, the initial idea was never discovered in the preparation or preliminary stages, but in the midst of the process. I would even argue that the more willing and eager an individual is to fail, the faster and more frequent their successes will come. Some may be able to savor the taste of their success(es), but for me the taste fades rather quick. Always having to turn and find the latest and greatest new fix. Guess you could say I’m a creative junkie.

I’m hoping that if I can reappropriate my definition of success, from being so concerned with the end results and external responses, to being focused on staying healthy and happy, I will be able to enjoy and live my life to the fullest.

That would be my current vague definition of success haha. And maybe success isn’t really about achieving something, but more so about the pursuit of it.

A life void of failure is a life void of success.

I hope and wish you all the best!

-b.

P.S.

Take what I am saying with a grain of salt because what works for me might not and probably won’t work for you. I believe each individual will have to pick and chose, learn and unlearn their own set of “rules and guidelines” that they will live by. People alive and dead are always one of, if not the best, source(s) of inspiration and guidance that one can find. You can always choose not to listen to what you have been told, but you can’t hear and take in what you haven’t heard.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m not really concerned with setting my self apart from others. We live in a community, some call it Earth, and to resist the things that come along with participating in a community would be detrimental to your own artistic career. I try to learn as many artforms as I can. I get a thrill out of discovering my ability to do something new. Of course there are a lot of limitations in art and life and I actually find them helpful creating boundaries and a framework for what is reasonable and practical for me to achieve at that given time with given resources. For years I said yes to every opportunity that came my way, so I could learn about the craft without having to be the mastermind behind it, which is very taxing. Also creating things can get extremely expensive so helping people out is a great way to learn while not investing your own dime into that project and potentially get paid for it. I came to a point though, where I am now, where I feel like I’m escaping helping myself by helping others. I’m trying to turn that same attention to my own endeavors, but that comes with more work for way less to negative pay haha. I want to be one of the most well verse and multi-talented creatives to ever lived. Will that happen who the f*ck knows, so I’m just gonna enjoy the ride. Also one final thing that I will say as struggles is once you figure out the “products” that you can make you will have to figure out the other side of the creative industry which is the business side of your craft. Which may be more important. Each time you do something you will learn something new and the more you do the more you’ll learn and progress. A watched kittle never boils, so stop watching the clock and try to make the process really work for you and what you can and want to do.

-b.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many places in LA and around the area you should check out so I don’t really have one particular place to go. All I will say is you gotta get a car for your stay!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom is probably the only one who will read this haha, so I love you Mom! Everything I am and do is thanks to you! Life can be real tough at times, but that’s when you see who your real family and friends are! Love all my friends to death too, I probably won’t share this too them so it’d be funny if they just randomly came across it.

Website: https://www.nextgenartistry.com/

Instagram: @briangunnar.mp4

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY-cvjSycF_wyCWOq13VWlA

Image Credits
All my artwork!

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