We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Trovador and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris,can you tell us what business you are in and how does it influence the world?
This question is quite complicated. I guess you can say, I am in the business of human connection and interactions. Artists are meant to reflect the times and have always changed the world throughout history. Which is exactly what I do with all my businesses. My first and longest running business has been tattooing. As a tattoo artist, I change the outer appearance of all my clients, and that can either be a good or bad thing. Such as, I can create a beautiful tattoo that has an elegant font with the name of someone’s lover, but the moment their relationship ends so does the love for the tattoo. I have had many people cry from the joy that my art brings, or I can draw for a client that immediately hates the design. With paintings, I create what I love and if others feel captivated by it, they can purchase my artwork. My other business is in the art of laughter ( yep, another complicated and subjective career). If it’s a stage play, I can create something that makes someone cry from laughing, or from the emotional attachment that they may receive from a joke, a scene, or character. I create art that changes over time and changes each person differently. My goals are to spark change and inspire conversations. I am a storyteller, that uses different forms of art to convey emotions. I want to inspire minorities to tell their diverse stories, and help change the world together. To put it in layman’s terms, I am an entrepreneur.
Tell us more about your career and what inspiring things you can share with our community.
From my journey I’ve learned different perspectives, beliefs, and most importantly the different methods to create emotional connections. I obtained many skills throughout my life and now have many to choose from. I consider myself a liminal being. Liminal meaning, a person that cannot easily be placed in a single category of existence. I adapt to my surroundings, and am inspired by anything in life. So for example in art, I can be interested in learning how to draw anime for a full month. I will obsess over it and learn every technique needed. I will continuously practice and work at it until I get it perfected. Then the next month I may direct a sketch comedy show and obsess on comedy, acting, and directing. Being a liminal person is what makes me great because I adjust my skills accordingly to solve creative problems. If you work hard, have relentless will, obsess over repetition, and enjoy that process of learning, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
If I wanted to show my best friends Los Angeles, I would take them to all the art museums. I love getting lost in galleries. After a few hours of being in museums, I would definitely have to take them to El Floridita. El Floridita is a small Cuban restaurant with huge flavor. Not only can you eat delicious Cuban food, but you can also see live shows, and dance all night with salsa bands conducting the rhythm of your soul. After that we must see a comedy show at The Second City Hollywood, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, or at Tao Comedy Studio.
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?
I would love to give a shout out to my friend Efrain Lozada who owns a nonprofit called Life in Full Effect. This nonprofit community-based organization has a mission to motivate, mentor, and prepare young adults for successful futures. I have watched him create and help out so many people. I believe his journey inspires me and definitely deserves a shout out.
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