We had the good fortune of connecting with Chaz Cunningham-Coggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chaz, how do you think about risk?
Life is full of risks, so to think you’ll never have to take a risk would be being dishonest and unrealistic to one’ self. The key is to determine which risks are you willing to take that will be worth it for you in the end. My Faith is my absolute foundation in all I do. Having the discernment & courage to believe in yourself with what all you’re capable of will create a legacy not only for you but for your family. I believe that our gifts we’re blessed with when taken seriously will make room for us to live out our purpose. I made an intentional decision to walk away from jobs just to pay bills and pursue a life, as well as career I could be proud of. Never be afraid to bet on yourself, that’s a risk all should be willing to take.

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’m thankful to actually have two categories of not only a career as an Artist/ Creative but also the ability to create an LLC from it. As one creative aspect of my Life is that of a Professional Traveling DJ. I took on this lane after throwing events and being a lover of music. “Music Is The Sound Of Emotion” is a motto I live by. Music has the power to unite, heal, express, and be therapeutic in many ways. In DJing I take it seriously because you’re gifting people with a moment of joy, happiness, freedom, escape, healing, and making lasting memories through the power of music. As a DJ the challenges I’ve faced have been the unfortunate being a female in a male dominated field. You endure things that at times can be unnecessarily competitive, sexist, biased, and de-valuing of our worth. However, I’ve been blessed to overcome that and have many people in my life who are extremely supportive. The other challenges I’ve faced is DJing with a physical disability, some things I don’t have the ability to do; in which case my creative side has come up with different ways to execute my job and still hold my own through it all. I guess you could say that and my ear for how I blend music is what sets me apart.

For my other line of creativity & work would be my company “Vinyls By Lady P LLC” which is catered towards doing custom apparel, decals, and logo creation for people. Striving to give them a form of self-expression and branding that they can be proud of. My company strives to make our patrons proud to represent something that speaks to their own uniqueness.

Neither Creative aspect has been easy but I will say its been worth it. I overcame my challenges honestly by going to counseling to preserve my mental health during discouraging times, staying grounded in Faith, committing to believing in myself, and remembering my “Why”. That has been vital in reaching my goals of success. To me success is when you have the Faith to keep going no matter what & never giving up on yourself. If you don’t quit but rather keep going till you reach your goals; that is what makes you a success story.

I want the world to know that both my brands are founded on the principle of “Living In and On Purpose.” Without purpose, vision, or intentional living you will just be existing in life and not truly living.

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.
Depending on the person where I would show someone a good time could vary. I’m pretty adventurous and spontaneous, Besides good eatery venues, I would take them to Beaches that have various activities & performers. I’m definitely a fan of Live Music so Soulful Sundays in South Central LA, Various Jam Sessions & Open Mics in the Inland Empire, and more. It’s kind of hard to narrow completely down because there is so much to enjoy.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to first God, as without Him I wouldn’t be here. I literally would not be here. Secondly, my Mother Helen Coggins- Howard. She is a living example of what it means to be selfless, leading in love, supportive in all aspects, wise, driven, humanitarian, and so much more. She has been my rock throughout so many challenges I’ve endured in my life. If there’s anyone who is intentional in their love, work, parenthood, community, etc it’s completely her. I would also like recognize my Father in his memory for teaching me to never settle and to always strive to be the best you can be while never getting comfortable in anything. He taught me through discipline to always strive for the most that you can in life. As far as musical inspiration & mentorship it would be my cousin Victor Suarez and Brother Carlos Cunningham Sr. These two have been my very first inspirations when it came to music and DJing. Not to mention they are both incredibly gifted and highly intelligent. They helped me navigate through the realities of what I would face in life and how to handle it all. I value the vital role they have both played in my life. Much respect and appreciation to my cousin Ian Whitson who has played a huge role in assisting me with my LLC; teaching me many ins and outs of business. We make a great team not only as family but in business. Which it’s rare to be able to have a functioning business relationship with family without it putting strain on your personal relationship. I would also like to shout out my Grandparents who have always shown love and support no matter what throughout every season of my life. They are literally like another set of Parents that I’m truly grateful for. Last but not least my village of loved ones who have been so loving, supportive, genuine, and kept me grounded never letting me quit.

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