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

Hi john, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of success is a must-read. It’s only 40 pages long yet jam-packed with wisdom. I especially encourage it for creatives who are transplants in LA because the knowledge helps build the spiritual health you’ll need to survive in this tough, often superficial, and competitive environment. Each law is great, but the ones that resonated with me most were

The Law of Dharma talks about the special gifts and talents we all have and how we must use them to fulfill our purpose in life.

The Law of Giving speaks to the reciprocal nature of giving and receiving and why giving, even if its something as simple as a compliment or kind gesture, must always be an intention of ours. Sidenote: this is hugely important when networking.

The Law of Detachment talks about detaching from our expectations and not judging outcomes as good or bad. This concept really helps deal with disappointment and frustration because it helps instill a sense of peace when we really embody it.

The Law of Pure Potentiality speaks about many things, my favorite takeaway is how it stresses the importance of spending time in nature. Furthermore, it illuminates the inherent intelligence of nature and how we can learn so much from it.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own a production company called Artivists United. Our mission statement is to advance community health, diverse representation, and the dismantling of oppressive systems while providing artivists the opportunity, inspiration, and empowerment to achieve these ends. We do this through our films, events, merchandise, social justice campaigns, and partnerships with nonprofit and grassroots organizations.

I’m proud of how Artivists United represents a culmination of all my experiences, skills, passions, successes, and failures. I’ve always struggled with trying to do so many different things that I love (writing, producing, acting, event planning, community organizing. leadership, entrepreneurship, inspiring/empowering others, forming partnerships, and sharing knowledge/information/resources), but now I have a vehicle that helps drive them all forward with alignment.

The road to get here definitely wasn’t easy. Before I got to this point, I experienced two failed stints in entrepreneurship, three stints in jail, three stints of being homeless and sleeping in my car or crashing with friends, being fired from multiple jobs, being scammed for thousands of dollars. and lastly, plenty of rejection. One of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout this process, though is the necessity of failure, struggle, challenges. rejection, and patience while in pursuit of any great achievement. All of these build our strength, wisdom. growth, empathy, understanding, leadership capability, and help keep us grounded and humble. Each time I was arrested, homeless, fired, failed or rejected, I usually found peace and excitement in knowing that one day I would be successful, and this experience would help inspire someone else who experienced something similar.

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 because I love being a tour guide. I would take them to Solstice Canyon, a beautiful hike in the Santa Monica mountains within walking distance from the beach! I would then take them to the beach. For the turn-up, I would take them to Lounge Ohjah, a karaoke bar in Little Tokyo, where my favorite bartender, K, will serve us a hefty amount of shots and beer for only $10. Then I would take them to Cliftons in DTLA. It’s an absolute wonder of a place that every Angeleno or visitor must see at least once in their life. I would also take them to Long Beach, the city that will always have my heart. Sevilla’s, the Queen Mary, Rainbow Lagoon, Agave’s, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Lighthouse, and all of 2nd street and Belmont Shores are must-sees. And of course, I would have to show people Black LA: Leimert park, the heart and soul of our culture here, Baldwin Hills, Roscoes Chicken, and Waffles, Kenneth Hahn State Park, and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Lastly, to pay homage to the greats, I would take them to see the Tupac museum in DTLA, Nipsey’s Marathon Store on Crenshaw and Slauson, and a tour of all the Kobe murals in DTLA. Rest in peace to these fallen kings.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The success in my career is built on a foundation of networking and collaboration. So my lists of shoutouts runs quite long.

My mentors:

daNaE Tapia
Marie Kellier
Sandra Leviton
Tim Hogan
Andy Bishop
Nijuel X

Former and current colleagues

Everett Glenn
Rudy Espinoza
Claudia Howard
Merry Grissom
Benjamin Torres

Peers

Erman Baradi
Steven Debose
Tessa Georges
Maisie “Sunxochitl” Castro
Melina Martinez
Cornelia Nicholson

Educators

Dan Watanabe
Todd Henneman

Organizations:

Public Allies
National Associations of Black Journalists
CSU Long Beach
International Eye LA
Levitt LA
LA Council District 9
Coverfly/WeScreenplay
Film Courage
Los Angeles Valley College
Roadtrip Nation
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity

Website: artivistsunited.com

Instagram: artivists_united

Linkedin: Artivists United

Facebook: artivistsunited1

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