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

Hi David, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I would say building relationships with the right people that fit me. I consider it a dance, some people you can dance with and others not. Building this network of individuals, allowed me to have the flexibility, and lifestyle that I enjoy and work for.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I’ve always wanted to be a painter but didn’t have the business skills to make it a living, And found that being a commercial designer was a better route. I studied design and photography. Through the years I’ve learned everything about the practice and managed to be self-sustained with it. I’m now able to paint on the side and follow those childhood dreams. No, it was not easy lots of ups and downs and lots of doubts, but I just kept it going. One main lesson is to just follow your gut, if you feel something isn’t right then it’s probably not right. My brand story is very simple, those who are different will always be the target, so might as well make an amazing target that they can never hit!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles and California have amazing views & culture, I would show them the private beaches of malibu. The tip-top mountains of Azusa canyon. The low=rider culture of east L.A. and the cool rock n roll bars of hollywood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is no one particular person but just everyone who helped me along the way with creative development. Those would be my art school teachers, professors, and business clients who also mentor me through decisions. Also, my parents gave me a good example of hard work and dedication.

Website: davidruelas.com

Instagram: instagram.com/davidruelas__

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-ruelas/

Other: davidruelasphoto.com

Image Credits
Photo Credit: Derek Perlman, Colin Defenbau

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