We had the good fortune of connecting with Davon Lloyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davon, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My choice to pursue an artistic career as an original content creator stems from a lack of originality on social media right now. Every platform is overly saturated with challenges, and recreations. I wanted to do something completely different and out of the box! It seems to me that very few people are actually creating original content anymore. Therefore, I saw an open lane, and I took a leap of faith.
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.
The art of original content creating speaks for itself (if its done correctly.) With every short film I make, I challenge myself to become better by superseding my previous mini film. It’s an arduous task, but the results speak for themselves. I am always elated whenever any of my posts go viral. I am most excited that people are finally starting to warm up to me and my style of comedy; making people laugh by painting an actual picture that tells a story is the goal. My transition to the top has NOT been easy, and I have a long way to go. But through hard work, dedication, loyalty to the craft, and cultivating those supportive relationships of those that support me, I have begun to make a name for myself within this industry. Throughout my fight for success, I have faced many challenges. However, the most common disappointment I have learned is to “not expect myself in others.” Meaning, allow a person to show you who they are through their actions. Whereas I used to go into everything thinking if I’m kind, supportive, and humble, then others will be too. That is a recipe for a let down. You have to allow people to be themselves. Not everyone will like or support every single thing that you do. This has forced me to work that much harder to MAKE people pay attention to me, my talents, and my will to succeed. I want the world to understand that I put EVERYTHING I have into my work. I write, direct, film, star in, and edit each of my pieces. My mini movies are all less than two mins. And within that short time frame, my goal is to have the viewing audience laugh with nearly EVERY LINE I speak. And if you don’t, then my job has not been completed. And I’ll work even harder the next time!
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.
If my bestie was visiting for the week, we’d definitely have to do a “hop on hop off” roofless double decker bus tour of my city! This is a great idea because it literally takes you to ALL the hottest spots in LA. And it allows you to actually hop off the tourbus at any destination of your choosing, then hop rite back onto the next one when your ready to visit the next location. It’s a cheap way to get the most bang for your buck while seeing ALL the local hangouts. Afterwards we’d hit up some of the spots we may have missed or want to revisit on our own. We’d have to visit the beach by way of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) because it’s the most beautiful and serene drive you’d ever take! We would also dine at some of the more well known eateries such as Pink’s Hot Dogs and Mr Chow. But I’d have to take the bestie to some of the smaller less know Black Owned Restaurants I’ve found like Grilled Fraiche and Sweet Red Peach. We have to continue to support local small businesses especially during this climate of racial unrest as well as the pandemic. We would of course TURN UP in West Hollywood! It’s amazing that you can bar hop there on any given night with free entry into most establishments. And finally, no trip would be complete without visiting Skid Row. I believe it’s very important to see Skid Row for yourself (in person!) It’s such a humbling experience, and it forces you to appreciate life that much more! I feel it’s my duty to the community to shine a light on this not so little secrete in the heart of downtown LA.
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?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to Mr. Greg Wilson of In The Meantime Men’s Organization ( ig: @acquajaye @inthemeantimemen .) Greg has been there for me more than he even knows. His kind words and affirmations always seem to soothe any insecurities or self doubts that trickle into my mental psyche every now and then. He is truly an inspiration. And I aspire to be more like him.