We had the good fortune of connecting with John Roseboro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, why did you pursue a creative career?
My entire formal education and professional career was devoted to Mortuary Sciences (i.e Pathology, Grief Counseling, and Religious Rites). I wanted to use my skills, gifts, and aptitudes to affect the most good in my community and the world– I still do, but I think I’ve found a more excellent way in music and art and I want to do this for the rest of my life.
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.
It’s my understanding that the artist communicates God’s heart, vitally expresses the conscience of the community, and moves culture forward. The sacrifices are great, but the work is fulfilling; it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. What it’s taught me is that there is always a way. Nothing is impossible. Part of being made in His image is this creative faculty and all we have to do is tap in. Being comfortable and confident in yourself also helps you express yourself and the more you do that, the more you’ll find, we’re not so different.
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.
I don’t want to give all the secrets away, but I know some spots: the first is Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. This location’s art and architecture is as beautiful as the nature it sits on. It’s an inspiring, humbling, and seriously stunning place. As for food and drink, I can’t tell you. I usually prepare my own meals. However, if we’re getting dessert, there’s a fancy pants restaurant in SM called Fia and they have a tiramisu so good that it’ll make you forget that it costs more than the minimum wage! The last place I’ll share is cliche, but Venice Beach has grown on me so much. I used to think it was just a vile place, but there’s a lot of opportunity to have fun. You can do a lot of good and people are super open to it, especially if you’re an artist.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
David Antonio Garcia. This is so easy for me to say. David and I’s stars rose together and are rising together as a blessing for ourselves and those around us. If I can eulogize– David has been more of a friend to me than I have been to myself. He’s handled most of the technical side to what I do and it’s hard to imagine anyone I would rather do it with. I’ve been thoroughly aided and influenced by so many good souled people: collegues, collaborators, strangers. Very few have been as constant as David and I’m grateful for his friendship.
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