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

Hi Izzy, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because to me music, photography, art, writing, and other forms of creative expression are so much more than hobbies. They are what gives my life meaning. I feel most at home when I am creating, whether it be art, dance, music, images, stories, poem. I could have pursued a different career path that involved less creativity, but then I would not have enough time to dedicate to creating all that I want to create. I truly feel that sharing my art and connecting with others through it is one of my life’s main purposes. Whether my art impacts one person or one million people, I feel so connected to my soul, other people, and the universe when I am observing or creating art.

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 musician, songwriter, performer, model, artist, photographer, and writer. I am always looking for new ways to heal, love, and learn through creativity. I am very reluctant to be confined to one form of creative expression and am grateful that I have the resources to explore so many forms of self-expression. What excites me most about my art is that it feels like such a free and unlimited space – art can go anywhere, and I think that’s part of what appeals to me about it. It was certainly not easy getting to the space I am in now. I have faced a lot of hardship throughout my life and my creative passions have taken the backseat during specific points in my life when I have had to focus on mental and physical health. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that as healing as creating can be, I also need to take a break from it sometimes. I can’t be expecting myself to create nonstop, and I definitely can’t tie my self-worth to what I produce. My art is a product of who I am, and there are definitely parts of me infused in my art, but I am not my art. My art provides insight as to who I am and it reflects my experience, but it does not completely encapsulate my being. That is important for me to remember – I am a worthy and whole person and that is not contingent upon what I produce.

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?
Hmm, I would of course take them to West Hollywood and hit up the gay clubs there. I’d also take them to some beaches – Point Dume and El Matador in Malibu are two of my favorites. Maybe I’d take them about to eat at Catch LA – it’s fancy and expensive, but in my opinion, it’s a really cool experience and is worth it. Ooo, I’d also take them on a hike at Runyon Canyon – it’s one of my favorite spots to hike. And I would definitely take them to Melrose Trading Post – it’s a very touristy spot but it’s one of the coolest places in the city.

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 am a firm believer that I would not be where I am if it were not for the guidance, love, and support of SO many people – family, friends, spiritual mentors, academic mentors, creative mentors, etc. One of my biggest inspirations, and who I want to highlight in this Shoutout, is my late father, Ivory Mizell. His constant love, support, and encouragement allowed me to explore my creative passions in a safe and judgement-free zone. Him and my wonderful mom let me enroll in dance, musical theatre, acting, and singing lessons when I expressed interest as a kid. As I got older, they continued to offer me not only support, but enthusiastic support. I hear so many young adults talk about how their parents were unsupportive of their artistic dreams while growing up, and I am very privileged to have grown up with parents who encouraged me. My dad is one of my biggest inspirations and motivators. He was a chef, which involves a lot of creativity and artistic thinking, and so I think I get a lot of my creativity from him. He also overcame a lot of challenges in his life. I constantly draw on his life and legacy as a source of support, strength, and guidance. When I am facing challenges, I remind myself how he preserved through incredibly hard times, and that I can too.

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Image Credits
Ale Poveda

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