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

Hi Dolly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
An artist should be open to taking risks. I made quite a few financial, creative, and business risks that brought me to where I am today. The only way to grow is to learn from your mistakes. There were key moments in my life that challenged me to leave my comfort zone. Moving to Chicago from Missouri, choosing to be an artist, making sacrifices that worked best for my circumstances. It’s all apart of your story.

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 am a full-time photographer and musician. The best way to describe my style of photography is colorful. The goal for me is to capture my subject’s character sometimes in the most playful or expressive manner. Music-wise my genre could be described as dark pop. I put my most effort in the lyrics and melody. What makes me stand out? My story is my own and no one else in the world can share this story the way that I can. Your story is what makes everyone around me stand out and I want to embrace it through my form of art. The greatest lesson I learned is to keep going. At the end of the day this field gives me the most joy and there will be hard times. Hard times never last though. I want the world to know that I am always learning and changing. My art will never stay the same,

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?
My favorite spot in the city would be the Sunken City location because of the freedom of expression the area allows. The place used to be resided in before it collapsed and now serves as a location where artists explore and draw / paint on the surrounding remains. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wanted to shoutout all the creatives I met along the way that trusted my vision. Brandon Edler, Darren Bui, Joe Han, Lanre, Ryan Magnole, Richard Frias and so many more. I could not have the courage to pursue my passions without the investment these people showed me within the realm of music and photo.

Website: http://www.dollyave.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dollyave
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dollyavemusic
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/dollyave
Other: twitch.tv/dollyave

Image Credits
Photo credit of my personal self is Patrick Huynh

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