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

Hi Cole, how do you think about risk?
Risk Taking was an extremely important part of my artistic career and growth as a person. Jumping off the edge and having complete faith in an idea takes discipline.
I still Remind myself constantly of why I made the decision to take a risk, the stakes are high, strengthen your imagination and remember the circumstances that got you to a breaking point from your old life.

When I gave up on college, norms, my consistent income, comparison to others my age and moved across the country where I knew nobody, I started a journey of living day to day, out of my car, broke, on my ideals alone.
It was hard to keep myself convinced I was “good enough” or had made the right choice. But dramatic action opens a different kind of faith in yourself, the choices you make, your individuality.

Whatever the outcome of taking a risk,
if you’re honest with yourself you will learn life changing lessons and have no regrets looking back knowing, you took the risk!!!
My fate has been ruled by trusting the wisdom of suffering and experience, scratching out doubt and wearing my soul on my sleeve. Expressing your true self will attract the kind of people that end up being your real support system and inspiration.

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.
My life revolves around art, seeing the world through a lens of beauty, rapturing boring ideals, inspiring others and finding contentment by yourself, the simple parts of life are the most important, having a conversation where you can be completely present, intoxicated with ideas and passions and learning new perspective is one of the most powerful parts of this life. Finding comfort in yourself—alone, saying fuck materialism, ignorance, conformity and everything that can distract you from True potential!!!
Reading a book, finding a hero, writing for your own pleasure, backpacking in the wilderness, painting and making a mess.
It’s all an act of rebellion, life is art and art is the universal liberator!
And it’s funny when you can make a career out of a therapeutic/leisure activity, how you can you deny that??

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?
I like sitting at cafes and people watching, having a book to read but hopefully meeting someone new! When the city gets overwhelming I just drive to Malibu and lay in the sand, listen to the waves, and take a swim. (Day or night)
…and maybe bring a bottle of wine for maximum pleasure.
Museums and galleries are always a treat too, I’m a pretty minimalistic boy and try to avoid defining going out as spending money on expensive dinners and excessive shopping that can become very intoxicating in Los Angeles.

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?
Dayton Doucette Daytond17@gmail.com

Instagram: @xcolecav @coleispainting

Image Credits
Mathew Kein Shotbylola

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