We had the good fortune of connecting with Dérly Barajas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dérly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The thought of taking risks, in general, is a scary thought. As creatives, we are our hardest critics so it’s common to stay in your lane. I’m not perfect but I take pride in always getting out of my comfort zone and taking risks. I’m a multimedia artist. I took several risks and believed in myself. I’m a full-time artist trying to make my own lane in the music industry. I’m also a video editor/producer/animator/songwriter/engineer/ and recently opened my own clothing line. Everything is made in the comfort of my own home. I take risks to continue learning and improve my make my own craft. Will Smith said this line that always stuck with me… he said ” If you can’t beat the fear…just do it scared.” So even if I’m scared ill take the leap and belive in myself to push through.
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’m a multi-media artist. I’m a full-time musical artist/producer/songwriter/engineer. I’m an artist from Los Angeles. I have an authentic Spanglish flow to my music. I create all types of genres of music. My main styles at the moment are Hip Hop/Rap/R&B/Pop/Latin Trap and Reggaeton. I don’t think this is an official genre but I categorize myself in a “Hip-Pop” style of music. A little bit of rapping and harmonizing with a Spanish twist at times. I’m excited to start a new trend and represent the multicultured people around the world. I think is a beautiful thing to be different and stand out. We all have our special uniqueness. I quit my 9-5 job and dedicated my time to better my craft. This was a challenging step but there’s beauty in the darkness. Everyone wants to be an artist, so it’s important to mute the noise and focus on yourself and never give up. I learned the more you put yourself out there the more you grow as an artist. Put yourself in the situations to grow. Consistency is crucial. This allows for you to stay relevant but most importable allows you to get comfortable with your craft. The more you do it the more you love the process. I want the world to know it’s ok to be different. We’re imperfectly perfect.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Due to covid, we have a couple of restrictions but we can still have a great time. Day one will consist of a morning exercise. Nothing crazy. Preferably a hike or something that has great scenery. This gives us time to catch up and enjoy nature. Slow the world down a little bit. Then well start plotting on places to go. Keep this day simple. More of a chill day. One morning we’ll get breakfast at the Vegan Joint on National Blvd. Their tropical pancakes are amazing. Well definitely be in the home studio vibing on new music or creating new music. One of the days we’ll visit a Thai BBQ restaurant for dinner. Another day we’ll have an outdoor day and go around the town taking pictures/videos of each other. Create great content for our socials. We’ll have another chill day and watch a movie. We have to play basketball, it’s one of my traditions to play basketball every Sunday. Lastly, gather a couple of friends and have a jam session. Let them feel the creativity and passion.
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 want to give a shoutout to my parents and my brother who allow me to create freely and believe in me. They understand the route I chose and want me to succeed.