We had the good fortune of connecting with David Cruz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how do you think about risk?
I think risk is something that comes to your life from time to time, and it could scare the hell out of us. But from my point of view that is not the end of everything, the only existing answers can’t be: to get paralyzed or run away. I think there is a bigger reward when we at least try to take and face risks in our lifes. Probably, by not saying “every single time”, when I have an important decision to make with a big risk at stake, I have felt that I don’t see an immediate reward or “the light at the end of the tunnel”, which make it even harder to jump into that risk, but I always have that little voice that tells me “Probably, it would be worse if you don’t even try… you will never know what could happen, and nothing gonna change, so why not?” I try to see fear as a motivation, but that doesn’t mean that doesn’t scare me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really get excited when I talk about the arts I have chosen to perform and explore and those are film and photography. Whenever I have the chance to create in one or both at the same time I love what I’m doing because it gives meaning to what is happening in my life at that certain moment.
To get to the present a lot of the past has happened and had to happen. It hasn’t been easy every time but I always try to look at the bright side. I believe there is always a bright side on every situation that happen in my life, even if it seems “the end of the world”, there is something to learn from it, and that could be the bright side.
I have learned along the way that starting is one of the hardest parts because there will always be doubts, pros and/or cons. But after that, things start to flow. Of course, there will be up and downs but it is part of what I’m living. And another thing that I have learned is that to keep going is another challenging part of the process, because sometimes you don’t see what is ahead, so you give up to quick.
The message that I would like to deliver to the world about my story, which is still in progress hehe, is that when you at least try you at least will learn if you have the right attitude and that is always easier to be yourself even though some will like it and some won’t.
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.
I would take my friend to experiment different places that I have found during the time I have been living in Los Angeles. To start to a bonfire at the beach, next to secret spots that are not easy to find in the city, to a meetup where he/she could nurture his/her mind and meet people that think different and finally to camp in the desert.
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?
The person I instantly think when someone asks me this is my mom. She has been someone who has always pushed me to at least try and also has supported me in every decision or doubt I have had in my life.