We had the good fortune of connecting with Giovanni Du Bose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giovanni, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has definitely been the catalyst for my perceived success for sure. Granted, I’m not where I want to be but I am much closer than from where I started. I feel like each catapulting moment in my journey thus far has had an element of risk attached to it. Risk for me is evaluated in a pretty cut and dry scenario, if it can align me further with my life purpose it has to be considered. So if that means I have to move from outside of my comfort zone or relinquish “control” on how things play out, then so be it, because the reward is that much more fulfilling. Anytime I win it’s a win for all those I aspire to take with me as I continue to climb. So every risk assessment holds with it thoughts pertaining to the benefits for those I can help if said risk is taken. I’ve been extremely fortunate and blessed that all things work out to my good when risks have been taken because I also recognize the possibilities of things going awry but the thing that always bypass those thoughts is the thought of “What If everything does go right or beyond my imagination positively?” It’s that personal inquiry within self that usually gets me to take that leap of faith, risk, or chance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since we last spoke I’ve added the titles Director, Creative Director, Model and Recording Artist to my list of creative hyphenates. I can’t say what truly sets me a part from others due to the fact that I’m not looking at it from that perspective and just looking at what I add or bring to these realms. Based off the affirming words from mentors and fellow contemporaries in these fields I am on the right track and have the ideas and intangibles to be successful. I have been most proud of my first musical offering Covid Coop which can be found on ALL streaming platforms, as well as some upcoming directorial and modeling projects I am not at liberty to reveal too much about. Outside of that, I’m looking forward to the new products from my clothing line THOROUGH as I am entering the fitted hat space. Getting to this pinnacle of my journey was not easy and still has its challenges though things are a bit more comfortable and secure for me. I’ve started to notice that as you ascend so do the obstacles, the only thing that truly changes is the resources to handle them. What has allowed me to overcome obstacles is prayer, meditation, and facing things fearlessly, and much like a muscle these things have to be worked out and practiced for them to become a natural part of who you are so even as I have progressed I realize that continual practice is the only way to continually succeed in overcoming challenges. As far as what I want the world to know about me, my story or my brand, is that it all started as an idea, and all I didn’t do was give up! I started making clothes then started taking photos, now I’m starting to make videos and music…all I did was START and KEEP GOING. I ran into naysayers, detractors, and skeptics throughout the process, and still do. Honestly, it never goes away the more you climb, there will be people who just can’t see you accomplishing what you set out to accomplish based on their limiting belief system.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would first show them the Leimert Park area and the Harun coffee shop that is over there as well as the other black owned establishments within the neighborhood. I would also make sure we visit Simply Wholesome for some smoothies and patties. Make sure they have meals at Dulan’s, Preaux & Proper, Penguins fish market, Leo’s taco truck, Teddy’s Red tacos, HomeState, and many other eateries within the city. Also, have to visit Malibu and the beaches they have out there from Point Dume to Paradise Cove. Definitely have to visit Dodger stadium for a Dodger game. Perhaps visit SoHo House to show them some of the upscale vibes within the city. Visit all the museums from LACMA, The Broad, MOCA, Hauser & Wirth, Jeffery Deitch, HVW8 Gallery, the Getty, and many others.
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?
Jamie McPhee is the sole reason my journey even started, she was the person who made me believe in my own work and the possibilities for me within this life. I have many mentors who have shared a good word with me from Calmatic, Kwaku Alston, Bobby Hundreds, and others. I’ve been blessed to be poured into like I have been, can’t forget about my parents John and Debra Du Bose for laying the foundation on which I built my life off of; their tutelage in being a good person and hard worker has opened more doors for me than any technical skill I possess.
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