We had the good fortune of connecting with Grayson Villanueva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grayson, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Stick to what you know.”
If I only focused on what I did best, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Having multiple interests and perspectives is my superpower in a world where society teaches us to specialize.
There is nothing wrong with specializing, but it’s just not how some of us are built, including myself.
For example, because I’m a musician, my video editing style has a musical rhythm to it. My background in Linguistics helps me understand how to place and shape sounds when beatboxing. My degree in psychology helps me understand how to work with my clients in a team setting and also one-on-one.
I’m not a specialist in any of these areas, but combining all my interests gives me a unique perspective and approach to each project and makes me a valuable asset to any team.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business (https://www.graysonv.me) encompasses all of the skills I’ve acquired over the years to help artists and brands tell the story they want to tell. I specialize in doing this through music, audio, and video production. I’m most proud of being a reliable and adaptable content producer because of my experience and skills in several stages of the production process.
I got to where I am today by following my gut and not being afraid of looking foolish. I wasn’t always well-versed in music, audio, and video, but life happened to put me into situations where I had to be. But because I’m a naturally curious person, starting new skills and diving deep is like breathing to me. I’ve also been a beginner many times before, so it’s often that I’m not starting from scratch because I have other life experiences that give me a head start.
No matter the project, what sets me apart from others is that I bring a variety of skills to the table that allows me to proceed with my role confidently. Depending on what I’m hired for, whether it’s directing, recording, mixing, or editing, I know what comes before, during, and after my phase of the process.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a great question. Even though I’m from here, I still feel like I haven’t discovered all the cool places in LA, but here are some of my favorite spots:
NIGHT + MARKET Song
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Clifton’s Cafeteria’s The Pacific Seas
E.P. & L.P.
Grand Central Market
LA State Historic Park
Point Dume 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 love this question because I get to shout out and give love to some of my favorite people.
My parents emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. so that our family could have the opportunity for a better life. I would not be who I am today without their love and sacrifice. Mom and Dad – I love you. Thank you for believing in me, and thank you for your undying support.
Angela is the most loving and supportive partner I could ever ask for. Without her, I would not be where I am today. She always helps me see the best version of myself, even on days when I feel like I am at my worst. Thank you for always believing in me, sharing your fries, and reminding me to take breaks. I love you, boba.
I owe a big thanks to my vocal coach, mentor, and close friend Glenn Clancy for guiding me in the right direction early in my career. He convinced me that I had the talent, skills, and work ethic to pursue a career in music and entertainment in the first place. Glenn, I wouldn’t be where I am without your words and support. Thanks for all the lessons in music and life, the late-night talks, and the good hangs – I love you!
Last but not least, thank you to my collaborators and friends that continue to believe in me, hire me, and recommend my work. Y’all have given me the opportunity to bring so many stories to life. Special thanks to the folks at Acapop! KIDS, Encompass Music Partners, Entertainment Central Productions, Laura Dickinson, Jesse Ashton, #FOURTY4B, m-pact, Business Casual, and Top Shelf Vocal, as they’ve been significant in my journey as an artist and creative so far.
Cover photo: Jesse Ashton Recording studio photo: Angela Huang Production photo with m-pact: Kristine Slipson