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

Hi Bryan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
was 22 when I realized I had never done anything for myself. Sitting in my car, having just completed Grad school, I started to reflect on the choices I’d made up to that point. I quickly came to the conclusion that all my life accomplishments were empty and meaningless because I didn’t do them for myself, I did them to placate others.

I was in the midst of accepting a position as an adjunct professor at my university, a safe and respectable job. My parents were proud of me, I managed to avoid dropping out of school like I wanted to and I had convinced myself this was the right decision for my future. Or so I thought.

I’ve always been a creative. Whether it was art, music or some other medium, I needed to express myself. When I was 13, my middle school orchestra teacher encouraged and inspired me to take music seriously. She told me I had the potential to be great if only I applied myself, and for the first time in my life, I had a purpose; I found my passion.

Almost ten years later, I remembered how much I loved my passions as I rejected an offer most people my age would’ve taken in a heartbeat. I had forgone creativity at the behest of those that loved me most. They told me to keep my head down, work hard, get promoted, buy a nice house, get married and have kids. My ideal life, which was in stark opposition to this American dream, wouldn’t pay the bills. My personal dreams, in other words, apparently had no value.

For four years after that, I embarked on a journey my 22 years old self could have never imagined sitting in that university parking lot. From a Craigslist ad, I ended up landing a job throwing luxurious events for Tinder. Tinder would lead me into the tech start-up world in the middle of Manhattan making more money than I knew what to do with. I would realize quickly that money wouldn’t make me happy if I couldn’t create freely, have original thoughts. I left a lavish life to once again contemplate my purpose. My passions still weren’t fulfilled.

Surrounding myself with wealthy and successful people tainted me. I came to find that what I sought after most, what had left the greatest impression on me from mingling with the upperclass, was true freedom. I needed to able to afford the luxury of pursuing my interests. I needed the freedom I witnessed, the nonchalance with which those people carried themselves. All my life, I grew up only knowing one side of what life had to offer, the side of a constant grind of hard work to achieve another individual’s dream and lifestyle. Now I knew something different was possible.

In pursuit of that ideal, I accepted an offer from an acquaintance I had met in my adventures and all of a sudden, I found myself in the world of fine art in Los Angeles, California. For almost two years, I traveled the world painting murals and selling canvases for sums of money I could never have imagined. My job allowed me to take part in the finer things in life, experiencing the world and learning of different people and cultures along the way. I had an incredible lifestyle of expensive food and travel, my job was relatively easy and I was working in an industry I genuinely found interesting.

Still, I felt empty.

When I realized that I would never be happy working for someone else, I had to ask myself why. My answer was that I would never be fulfilled knowing that all my hard work, all my time and energy, was being spent achieving someone else’s dreams. It drove me mad. It was a recurring thought, I couldn’t shake it. My inner voice kept repeating to me, “If they can do it, why can’t you?”

So, I quit that perfect job. I had no other employment lined up, enough money to get me through a month and enough credit to survive and put me in debt for another two months. Despite this, my mission was clear now; I need to make something of myself.

Want to be a musician? Done, I’m going to book gigs, play studio sessions and compose for film.

Want to be an artist? I can do that, start creating your own work, paint murals and make a statement.

Want to advocate wellness? Of course, start a fitness group, maintain yourself, maybe go model since you’re in LA.

When I removed the glass ceiling, I placed on myself my entire life, the self-imposed limitations, the negative self-talk…everything became easy to try. I say try because everything since I started my creative business has been a nightmare, but I’ve accomplished more in 1 and a half years than I did in the rest of my 25 years on this planet. The difference is what I work hard for, the blood, sweat and tears…they are for me. They are for my dreams. For my ambitions. For my ideals. My happiness,

Reprogramming myself to think in possibilities instead of limitations has been an arduous process filled with as many failures as there are victories…maybe more. There’s so much to say, but I’ve already taken more space than I intended, so I hope this has been easy enough to get through despite the length.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I do is kind of complicated, not really a title for it, I guess. If I had to define it succinctly, I’m the owner and director of a creative agency that handles work in the music, art and wellness spaces.

In music, I compose for film and write/produce songs for artists. That’s my passion and I bring a unique style fusing elements of classical music with genres like pop, EDM and Latin. I’m also a performing electric violinist and studio musician which was a big part of my life pre-pandemic.

In art, I create pieces for public art as well as sell. I’m also a graphic designer, so I’ve done some work for clients who need logos, pitch decks, composites, etc. Creatively, I have a structured style based on symmetry and minimalism that engages the public through profound introspective questioning. I’m currently launching a project in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs that highlights the mental and emotional stresses caused by the pandemic and attempts to reimagine public art. I’m very excited for the potential of the project, it means a lot to me personally since I evolved quite a bit thanks to the state of the world this past year.

In wellness, I’m in the midst of creating a fitness/wellness plan that’s free to all. I piloted these classes during the pandemic to enable people without a gym membership to stay active and the meal plans are customized to each person and their budgets for food. It’s a work in progress, but it’s also an important part of my life I like to share and learn about with others, so hopefully it takes off.

I myself am also a model and commercial actor. I’ve been in a few commercials with brands like Stella Artois, IBM, Sonic Drive-In, Everlywell and others. It’s something I ever thought I’d be doing, but it brings me genuine joy so I continue to pursue it since it meshes well with the other parts of my life.

Ultimately, what sets me apart in my mind is the ability to look at something I want to do and not think it’s stupid. That mentality keeps me as original as possible and as a result, makes me unique enough that I’m finding success in my niches.

It has most definitely not been smooth! I’d say some of the most difficult challenges were mental and emotional. I’ve learned that physical obstacles are often just a manifestation of our mental and emotional state. That cliche “Can Do” attitude actually makes all the difference, you have to constantly remind yourself that you aren’t stupid or weird for attempting a different take on life and taking risks.

The people in my life have also been a point of contention. I don’t understand why, but it has always been the case for me that the people who love and care for me most are always the ones trying to convince me to stand down and reconsider my dreams. Learning how to take criticism and feedback, more specifically how and when to apply it, is a key life skill.

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.
Without a doubt I’d say get yourself some supplies and trek into the Angeles National Forest. It has been one of my saving graces when I need time away from the city to think about next steps and how I’m doing mentally and emotionally.

Within the city, one of my favorite spots to hit up every once in a while is the Griffith Observatory. Staring at the city twinkling at night was both humbling and inspiring. My first time in LA I took the walk all the way up (didn’t know you could drive haha) and took 2 hours to soak it all in. 4 months later, I moved from New York. Obviously people know this place, but do yourself a favor and go again with a specific intention for yourself. I’m positive you’ll be more inclined to follow through on what you want.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank everyone in my life who challenged me to think differently and work harder.

Website: https://badcreativeworks.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/b.a.delgado/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/bryandelgado

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