We had the good fortune of connecting with Davin Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davin, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Everyone’s experience during the pandemic was different of course, but on some level we all grieved the loss of intimacy and connection with friends and family this last year and simultaneously, at least for my wife and I, developed a newfound appreciation for how meaningful and powerful those relationships are. We tried our best to keep human connection part of our day-to-day lives during quarantine with the usual methods of communication like Zoom, FaceTime, email, endless texting, but in addition to those, sending postcards became our special way of reaching out to the people we were missing. Postcards felt more personal–taking the time to hand write something unique to the individual takes a little more effort than the digital equivalent–and there’s something really nostalgic and joyful about them too. The element of surprise of receiving a postcard in the mail too, and thinking about the journey that little piece of paper went through before it found itself in your hands, feels so much deeper in terms of connection. So basically, Parcel was born out of that, and then taking it one step further felt natural as an artist myself. I realized that in addition to serving as a source of human connectivity, these postcards could also be a platform for artists to share their work and their own creative story with the world–again, another way to connect and share.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a creative with a go for it attitude. It’s one thing to have ideas and it’s another to put action behind those ideas even if you could fail. I started my creative journey at a young age. It started as an escape being brought up in an unstable, alcoholic and abusive family situation. Later I was encouraged by teachers that it was something I could make something out of life. In middle school I put together a portfolio and applied for high school with a great magnet program. There I learned so much from my teachers and peers. It’s where I discovered my love for photography, and graphic arts.
I moved to LA in 2015 for an entry level production artist gig at a digital agency. I was under paid, and could barely get by on rent. I showed up early, stayed late and always put myself out there to help the art directors, creative directors, and account people in anyway possible. It wasn’t easy but my work started to pay off. People saw that I could deliver and I soon gained the ranks within the company.
Opportunities arose that I went for no matter how big or small. It wasn’t always easy and I’m thankful for that because I think that is where the bests come out of us. Where we learn the most about ourselves and what we can really achieve.
I want the world to know that everyone is worthy of success no matter where you came from or how you were brought up. We are all human and not much separates us from one another. So help each other, encourage your peers, and step up to fear.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, what a question! This is a good one because my wife calls me the tour guild. I love this city and love showing it off to people. For this I’ll imagine we are living pre-covid so nothing can hold us back.
I would pick them up from LAX and immediately hit up In-N-Out. From there I would take them for a drive down Century Blvd to drive past SoFi Stadium and catch a concert at the Forum. We would end the night with street tacos and bon-fire in the backyard.
Wake up early. Hit up Hill Top Coffee on Slauson Ave. on our way to Kenneth Hahn Park and Culver Stairs for a hike and views. We would get cleaned up and head to LACMA. From there we would hit up Tacos 1986 for lunch. Then head to the Golden Apple and walk Melrose. Probably end up at Golden Daggers for a tattoo. End the night with drinks and music at The Kibitz Room and late night dinner at Canters Deli.
Stop by Bianca in Culver City for coffee the best almond croissants. Enjoy the drive to Malibu where we would hike Sandstone Peek. After the hike we would stuff our face at Neptune’s Net and kick it at the beach across the street.
Get breakfast at Nick’s on Pico. Head Downtown to visit the Broad and MOCA. Grab lunch at Grand Central Market. Head to Staples Center for a Laker game. End the night at Ham & Eggs Tavern with the homies.
Grab breakfast at Pann’s and head south for Hermosa Beach. Spend the day lounging in the sand. End it with a sea food tower at Fishing With Dynamite. Head home to get ready for a show at the Hollywood Bowl. Walk down the hill and end the night at the Burgundy Room.
Hit up John O’Groats for breakfast. Meet up with some friends and kick it in Venice Beach. Grab food at Jonnie’s Pastrami on Sepulveda. Walk over to Cinema Bar to see a friend play a show.
Catch a flick at Chinese Theatre. Head to Myung Dong Kyoja for dumplings. Walk to Liberty Park and watch the skaters rip it up. Hit up The Wiltern for a show. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout out to all the teachers out there. They guided and pushed me throughout the years when I needed it most. I also want to shoutout to all the young people with a dream of doing something that seems impossible or bigger than them selfs. Put yourself out there and don’t give up.