We had the good fortune of connecting with David Parra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There really wasn’t that much of a thought process that went behind starting my business. It started off as a hobby that grew into something more for me. I never really thought what I do could have been a business. It was always like, “who wants to buy something off me?”
I think the more I sold and compliments received was when I fully thought that I actually had a business. Once I reached that point, I started to research on what I needed to do in order to become a legit business, what I needed to do marketing wise, social media accounts, and the list goes on and on.
Thinking back on everything now, I feel a bit naive when I first started. But if I had the opportunity to do it all over again knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t change a thing.
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 think what sets me apart from others is the fact that I don’t claim or have any specific art style. I’m your “Jack of all trades, master of none” type of artist. My prefer style to go with is abstract of course (I just love how everyone interprets it differently), but I don’t necessarily do it every time. Since my journey began in the art world, I think I’m most proud of the fact that I never painted before in my life, and within a short time after starting, I was able to pick it up and run with it. I even paint with oil paints and if you know me, then you would know that oil paints always intimidated me. But over time, I tried it and I created probably my most favorite and best piece to date, my painting of Frida Kahlo. Truly proud of that feat, especially for the size that it is.
Being an artist is definitely a bumpy road. If any one says otherwise, they’re lying! I got to where I am today with a lot of trail and error. As an artist, we’re our own worst critic. In my case, I was the type to look at what I’m sketching or painting and not like one small minor detail that can be easily fixed and end up scrapping the whole project and start from scratch or change the whole concept completely. That was definitely not easy to over come. As an Army Veteran artist, there’s a lot of different factors that weigh in on the progress of something that I’m working on. From dealing with PTSD, depression or anxiety, I’m glad that I never truly gave up. A lot of thanks goes to certain people that kept me in their thoughts or pushed me to create when I was down and for them, I’m truly grateful to have or had them in my life.
Even though its still a learning process for me, I really try not be so judgmental with anything I’m creating. I know its easier said than done, but I’m trying. Art friends have helped with that along the way. If I am ever talked about or people reminisce about me one day, I hope that they remember me as the guy that always gave back and supported small business, artists or local bands to the fullest! Whether it was me buying something from them, seeing their show or just supporting them on their social media, that’s how I want to be remembered rather than being remembered as a fellow artist.
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.
This is really hard to answer, only because of the whole Covid situation. But I did come across an Instagram account recently that has a lot of hidden gems that even I, being a Los Angeles native didn’t know about. La Jolla caves in San Diego for example. I only recently heard of that place and ended up doing a photoshoot there. Had an amazing time too! I seen some hiking trails that lead to a hot springs up north in the Santa Barbra area, I haven’t been there yet, but that place would be on the itinerary for sure! I guess I would like to take my friend to places that are not your normal touristy spots like the the Hollywood sign or Venice Beach. I would definitely take my friend on a week long adventure and show them a different side of Los Angeles or California in general.
Being a Los Angeles native, we tend to take a lot for granted and never truly exploring our own homes. Did you know that you can literally swing out of a hot air balloon and free fall over Perris? You’d have to be an experienced skydiver of course, but that is something that I never even knew you could do in California.
If my friend is an adrenaline junkie like me, then you best believe we would be doing things like that. Its really hard to give a specific itinerary, but I’d guarantee we BOTH would go back home having one of the best times of our lives! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Friends like Bappy, Street Sider, and Dottie Gleason have inspired me through out my art career since day one when we first met. All have helped me grow as an artist, pushed me to be better, or just simply inspired me even though I didn’t want to pick up a paint brush at times. Also my nephew Jake and sister Yvette. If it weren’t for them, I may have never picked up a paint brush at all.
Mark and New Healing Power helped get me situated with my CBD brand. Because of them, I was able to launch my own brand where they mentored and guided me.
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