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

Hi d.painter, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding balance between life and work as an entrepreneur is difficult and not something I can say I’ve completely mastered, but I’m getting there. It definitely helps that my work is in entertainment so I get to hang and socialize while on the job. But make no mistake, the hours add up and take a toll. The key thing I embraced over time is the importance of listening to your body. Whether fighting an up hill battle or coasting off a stint of success, the inclination is to take on all things in an effort to grow or sustain. When you don’t have a staff to delegate to it’s easy to become overwhelmed. I, for one, thrive on deadlines and pressure. At the age of 21 I had to learn the hard way (thanks to stomach and intestinal ulcers) that no healthy diet, exercise and positive thinking can replace sleep. Sleep is as important as air and food. I’ve had to go on doctor ordered bed rest for exhaustion and so much more in the name of getting ahead. Now I’ve learned that many things can wait til tomorrow. Most importantly, I’ve learned not all challenges need to be accepted. Pick your battles and utilize a calendar to stay on task with less effort. Happiness can come in the form of big checks or simply living autonomously on your own terms. Regardless of which lane you pursue as an independent proprietor or gig worker, good health is what will get you through the stress and allow you enjoy the success.

Image credit: Victoria “Sneakshot” Ford

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 ware a lot of hats so it’s easier to label myself as a curator. Pre-covid I threw several ongoing monthly events with my partners at FADE L.A. (@fadepartyla) and World70 (@world70party). I produce/host/DJ 2 radio programs, World Massive on KPFK 90.7 FM in LA & San Diego (2am-4am PST Friday nights to Saturday morning) along with FADE Radio on DASH internet radio (8pm PST Tuesdays). These shows have been my lifeline during lockdown to continue the mission of providing a platform for talent and produce niche programing for followers of the live events. Navigating the lockdown took a lot of humility in that we all had to accept that whatever we previously built might simply be irrelevant for the time being, or possibly forever. The trick then became learning new survival tactics. In my case it was live broadcasting software, green screen, designing virtual stages, hosting on camera and how to best to present live entertainment in a way that translated from my living room to yours. A year later, I now do consultation on all these things. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to learn and feel much more prepared to take on the future having added this technical integration to my business model. Even as an entertainer I feel I’ve taken my skills up a notch. I had to get in touch with a deeper motivation to perform at a high level that transcends needing a crowd in my face to charge me up. It may have been a tough time period to navigate but I’m here now feeling more empowered as a business person than ever before.

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 love L.A. for so many reasons. Even during lockdown we still had the greatest weather to be able to take walks, skateboard, hike and stroll the beach. When my friends come to town I take them to Venice Beach to site see, then up the PCH to Malibu. Always have to hit Sawtelle for either snacks (milk tea, ice cream, mochi donuts) or takeout from my favorite ramen spots. I know some people are still reluctant to socialize in closed in venutes, so Leimert Park is an amazing spot that always has something popping from the Utopia house party on Saturdays to afrobeats and even DC go-go bands.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Covid lockdown has shown who truly has my back as a fans and supporters. BIG BIG shoutout to all who supported independent creatives over the past year through purchases on Bandcamp or Etsy, tipped a DJ on Twitch, attended a virtual concert or even paid to have someone perform at your Zoom gathering. That effort means more than you’ll ever know.

Website: djdpainter.com

Instagram: @djdpainter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJDPainterOfficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXu6xulcaPGpaoqjT0P7aPA

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ipxVEwGFtmUeSvX36ouE5

Image Credits
World70 photo (Juan Ramirez)
– Festival screen shot from footage by Jeanna Ross
– artwork on “I Ain’t Got” single cover by Frankie Ortiz

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