We had the good fortune of connecting with GoopMassta and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GoopMassta, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a tricky topic. I try not to even think about it in the sense of the phrase “taking a risk,” because that leads into fear, doubt, worry, etc. I choose to concentrate on what makes me feel uncomfortable about a situation instead. The feeling of discomfort makes me realize whatever the situation may be, it’s probably something I haven’t considered pursuing yet and because of that is something I should explore. By jumping in or “taking a risk,” I’m 100% of the time gaining knowledge no matter the outcome – succeed or fail – either way I learn something. I believe by putting yourself in uncomfortable situations you grow and gain so much as an artist. You push yourself past these boundaries that you may have unconsciously set for yourself. Every experience can be a positive one as long as you are willing to see that. How are you going to know what you are capable of if you don’t try? I believe taking risks has tremendously enhanced my career, because there is nothing I won’t try at least once. Risk taking has given me the confidence to say yes more than no, open the door instead of close it, and stretch to reach new heights daily.
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.
My character, GoopMassta, is a hip-hop frog who started at the bottom and has now risen to the top through his hustle, determination, and drive. As an artist I aim to do the same. I throw myself completely into my craft, making sure to continue to educate myself so that I become a better artist and person each day. Being a full-time artist is not always easy; I am constantly pushing myself towards the success I want to achieve. My art is full of bright colors and patterns, flow, and a unique sense of style. My objective through my artwork is to portray and spread individuality and creativity. Huge wall murals, live painting, merchandise, sculptures, gallery shows, digital art, any medium I can use I just go for it. I believe positivity, confidence, and believing in yourself can get a person so much further in their career. I want to continue to thrive, grow, prosper, and constantly learn throughout my lifetime and get to share that joy with others. Staying, focused, mentally healthy, and not forgetting to have some fun is definitely the secret sauce to my success!
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?
Los Angeles has a TON of different places to see and explore. Living in Long Beach I am lucky enough to have the ocean by my side. I would definitely take friends and family over to Shoreline Village to see the lighthouse, the Queen Mary, and all the fun shops and restaurants they have to offer. 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?
Thanks to all the support from my family, friends, and fans.