We had the good fortune of connecting with Demitri Wylde and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demitri, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I’ve actually got two that come to mind. The first one comes from the movie Vanilla Sky where Jason Lee’s character is talking to Tom Cruise’s character. He says “without the bitter baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.” The way he says it is so cringe-worthy but memorable and profound. That one is pretty self-explanatory.
The other one I used on a recent episode of my podcast. I don’t know who said it – it kinda was beamed into my brain from outer space or something, or maybe I heard it somewhere else. But it goes “everywhere you go, there you are,” which to me means anywhere you are in your life is exactly where you should be. I find comfort in that.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Branding is something I know a lot about so over the last few years I really had to ask myself what are my interests and how do I turn that into my brand or career. My interests have always been art and current events, sex and love, and weird shit like astronomy and astrology. My background is in communications & journalism so I felt the obvious route is through writing and speaking so I centered my business, Wylde Heart Media, around that stuff. From there I’ve written books, blogs, created podcasts, social media content, YouTube videos, and discovered parts of myself I didn’t even know I had. The journey definitely hasn’t been without it’s pitfalls, I’ve definitely had to fall down many times and just keep going with it. But what I’ve come to understand is if it’s something important to you, and if you can’t see yourself doing anything else, you’ve got to just keep going. It will all be worth it sometime soon.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Say you arrive Monday and leave next Monday, I’m a total planner so here we go:
Monday – Lunch at Guisado’s in Echo Park in Echo Park, a walk around Echo Park Lake, then have dinner at Sticky Rice in Silver Lake.
Tuesday – Sightseeing in Hollywood, like the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or The Museum of Death. If that’s not your schtick then maybe walk along Hollywood Blvd and see all the street art.
Wednesday – Beach day at Venice or Santa Monica with a carnival trip to the pier at night. Here’s a tip: if you wanna shop for stuff in Venice Beach, haggle on the prices with the people working there. Or buy an artists work that you like but pay them extra for it.
Thursday – Grand Central Market, The Last Book Store, The Bradbury Building, Union Station, The Broad, and The Millennium Biltmore Hotel are all some of the most vibrant and stunning places in downtown.
Friday – Party time! If you like drag, Sugar Tank or Biqtchin’ at Precinct are all the best LGBTQ parties downtown.
Saturday – Shopping at The Grove, then dinner, drinks, and dancing in WeHo. (If you sneak up to the 8th floor parking structure at The Grove, you can see basically a 360 view of all of LA. It’s one of my favorite secrets in LA.
Sunday – Free day but I would definitely rent a car just to drive west on Sunset Blvd in the late afternoon, then a romantic drive up into the Hollywood Hills and down Mulholland at dusk. The sunsets in LA are killer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So I’ve got to give a shoutout to my best friend and creative partner J. Maceo. He’s so brilliant and funny on our show, and he is by far one of the most talented songwriters I have ever known. Check out his music on Spotify, and listen to both of us talk about weird stuff on our podcast.
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