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

Hi DomZilla., what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From the ages of 16 to around 25, I pursued being a lyricist even while still drawing and doodling in sketchbooks. Since the fourth grade, I wanted to do art. But as I went into my late teenage years, I started to dabble in music (as a lot of teens tend to do. lol). It wasn’t until I had the realization that pursuing a rapper career might not actual be for me and then I began to step into the supply and demand side of music: music videos + photos. With that art form, I started to develop a different outlook on the world around me, visually. Later, I started to implement those perspectives in my drawings. Along the way, I taught myself Adobe softwares out of need. Shortly after, I began to understand how much of those could play into my growth as an artist and not a video maker. It was at that moment I realized exactly what I wanted out of the capablities I’ve develop over that time of pursuing a music video producer career. Ive since picked up animation in the past years and it has been my love since then. Cartoons are like, my jam. Ive known random facts about cartoons since I was mad young. lol So, I feel that It was where I was supposed to be in my artistic career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have such a thirst for knowledge, that I just delve into so many different art forms all of the time. Trying to just stick to one thing kinda blows my concentration. So, I find myself jumping from adding some colors to a painting im working on, to 3d modeling characters back and forth all day. And everywhere in between. I spent a lot of time doing freelance commissions and not really doing to much more in a professional manner. Even with my capabilities, the city that I was in didn’t really support the art forms that I was pursuing. It wasn’t until I moved to LA that I got the most appreciation for my art. In the same year I moved to LA, I did an animation with Snoop Dogg and his son Cordell on a short film he was working on. After that, I got recognition from Stones Throw Records and bunch of other people that I could only imagine connecting with in the past. It has been a wild experience thus far. I felt it was long overdue. Lol It wasn’t easy obtaining the skillset that I had now over 12 years. So, being able to get recognized for my hardworking has been the most rewarding to me. I had to overcome the environment that I was in and realized when it was time for me to pursue a different way. Its hard trying to figure that out because you have no one telling you if this is the feeling or is my lunch just not feeling me today. lol Instinctively, we all know when its time for something else. We just can’t ignore it.

In this time of being here in the city, as a new artist on the scene, what I’ve learned is that you have to stay driven. If you feel you’re losing that drive to any capacity, shift gears. Find a new way of expressing yourself or if you’re burning out, always feel okay with not doing anything for a second to recoup from the high pressures of society. Its wild out here and it can sweep you up really fast if you allow it to. If you’re out here for something other than just living, remind yourself why youre here. That’ll keep you going.

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?
Whew, I moved to LA a few weeks before the pandemic. So, IM still kinda new to the whole “outside” scene. lol But, I have visited a few art museums such as the Norton Simon, theBROAD and the Natural History Museum. Those would be cool to check out. I also love Korean BBQ, Jamba Juice (Don’t Judge Me). Id also take them to at least one of the beaches here cuz my homies have never really seen the ocean before. So, that would be nice to share their first experience with them.

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’d like to thank my mom and my brother for their continuous support. WE ALL WE GOT. The homies: MadKidGenius + Kato Misfit + Nick Finesse. The Acme News crew, Addis, Yorel, the Instagram homies. Y’all the truth.

Website: www.killthazill.com

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