We had the good fortune of connecting with Laarnie Barcelon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laarnie, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Individualism. I definitely believe that my individualism has helped me find a healthy balance between my needs as a creative that is oftentimes working in the industry while also still working for myself. Maintaining my individualism has helped me maintain important aspects of my personality and character in ways that is oftentimes easy to overlook and unintentionally subdue. As with anything, there must be balance between all factors in order to be respectful to yourself and those around you. I owe my success to those who saw something in me; who continued to respect and find an affinity towards me, my interpretations, my style, my personality or character, and an individualistic way of being particular to myself.
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.
Professionally, I am a costumer and stylist; I build costumes and put clothes onto people as my day job. On the side, I enjoy engaging and pursuing a variety of creative endeavors both as a fun, leisurely way to make money on the side, and to keep my creative spark alive outside of the workplace. Overall, my journey hasn’t been particularly easy. A lot of private matters had, and still continue to happen; most of which are oftentimes deterring me from continuing on the same path I started on or reaching my goals on the time line I’d prefer to be on. There are also a lot of times where I sacrifice my comfort, needs, and sometimes even my pursuit of happiness in order to accommodate and tend to what’s on my plate. Leading up to now, I’ve taken a lot of risks and put myself in a lot of questionable situations, but at the end of the day, as long as I am able to find happiness in what I do and am still able to love what I create, the hardships and difficulties just become another set of hurdles that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine. Rather than to focus on my past, or the hardships I’ve faced leading up to today, I would rather people come to know me for their interest in the type of person I am, and the work I’ve produced. As a creative, one of the biggest things I prioritize incorporating into my work is the capability to express a concept, idea, thought, feeling or emotion. My previous experiences in art have taught me the beauty and importance of how much weight and impact color, layers, and textures can realistically add to your work. Finding a respectable yet still intriguing balance between traditional interpretations and “new”, “upcoming” modernized takes, is also something that I find particularly important to showcase in my work as well. As a default, I tend to incorporate a lot of alternative or “foreign” interpretations of varying concepts, individualism, and lifestyles whether it be in my day to day life or professionally. At my core, my biggest achievements and sources of happiness whether as a leisurely artist on the side, or as a costumer and stylist professionally, is helping showcase varying interpretations of a concept or thought that already exists, and being able to assist in the process of further enhancing those that are still in the making.
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?
Truthfully, this question is a little difficult to answer. Personally, I try to tailor my travel itineraries based on the individual it’s designed for. Like making a music playlist, there’s a lot of little details that I try to make note of, and a lot of personal preferences that I consider as it’s a privilege to given someone else’s time. As a general, I would start the days off at a nice hole in the wall cafe with decent coffee and a good atmosphere. The last coffee place I’ve been to that met these standards was Flowerboy Project in Venice Beach, as my friends were staying in the area during that time. Places like those tend to be interesting to friends whether they’re interested in exciting first time experiences, or if they’re just interested in spending some relaxing quality time together. For best friends that are visiting the area for the first time that have a particular interest in sight seeing or “iconic”, “must visit” places in Los Angeles: Places like the Santa Monica Pier, Universal Studios/Universal city, the Getty, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and so forth are a typical starting point I try to incorporate into the itinerary. Food places tend to depend on the taste palettes and food preferences of my friends, but typically popular places I’ve taken friends to include Pink’s Hot Dogs, In-N-Out, Jollibee, Ahgassi Gopchang, and so on. Sometimes, if there’s enough time, I’ll incorporate going to a few experiences such as location tours or shows worth seeing here and there. For friends that are more interested in a lax first time experience in Los Angeles without a particular interest in sight seeing: Places worth visiting tend to be the Griffith Observatory, Round 1, Little Tokyo, local art galleries and museums such as LACMA, a cute photo studio or photo “museum”, the Huntington Beach Library and Rose gardens, and a couple of seasonal experiences such as pumpkin patches, poppy fields, or a festival celebration. Food wise, I tend to try and find nice, well known but still arguably hole in the wall restaurants and cafes worth experiencing that I feel would be enjoyable and interesting to them. Places from previous outings and experiences include Caffe Concerto, The Chicken Shack, Cafe Giverny, Motto Tea Cafe, The Cauldron, and Spoon by H.
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?
My partner. I owe a lot of my growth and overall improvement as a person to them. They helped me enhance what good was already there, while helping me find alternative positives to find enough comfort to combat the negatives. Thanks to them, I’m able to find comfort and to feel content even during times when I feel the most anxious and uneasy.