We had the good fortune of connecting with Laquan Copeland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laquan, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is one of the most important things you can do in life. For me, risks are something that I look forward to. I think about them as I would a challenge or an obstacle. If the task does not scare me, challenge me, or change me then I don’t do it. I equate risks with those same aspects. When I take risks I think about how this will shape me and living life with no regrets. Those two factors are what drives me in risk-taking. We only have one life to live, why not live it fearlessly. Imagine your last day on this earth, think of how you would feel if you did not take risks if you did not take the chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do, if you allowed fear to cripple you, you would not like that feeling. When I decided to move to Los Angeles, that was a huge risk for me. I didn’t know anyone here, no family, no friends, I just had a dream and I knew I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything stop me. I took the risk of coming out here with no job, no blueprint, and I made something out of nothing. That risk in particular has shaped the course of my life exponentially. In taking that chance to come to Los Angeles and making it out here on my own, no other obstacles, hurdles, or challenges will ever seem harder than that particular one. While that does not dismiss the obstacles and challenges I still experience, it instead lets me know that I can conquer any task and take risks with excitement no matter the outcome. In the end, on the other side of risk, it will always be phenomenal because you took the chance in going against the “what-if scenario” and instead took the leap of faith to get you to where you are today. That’s the beautiful thing about taking risks. Great achievements involve great risks as they say. That being said, never be afraid to take risks in your life, career, etc. We all have one amazing life to live, live it fearlessly, and take risks, for it’s the outcome of the risks that will shape your life entirely.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, I’m working on a few projects that I am very excited about. Each of them is set to release in 2022 and I am currently preparing for the rollout as we speak. It has not been an easy road, considering everything we’re all experiencing right now due to the pandemic. It took a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication to the craft to get to this point in my career. Nevertheless, this journey has been very enlightening and I feel nothing but gratitude for still being able to do what I love. I feel as though that is what separates me from most of my peers. I am a very optimistic person and I try to find the good out of any situation. That trait has helped me within life and my career. As of now, I’m at that age where I feel my brand, my legacy is what is most important to me. I’m very meticulous about the things I put my name on as well as what I want my brand to represent. That said, my artistry has grown since I’ve been in Los Angeles and I plan on taking it even further. With new acting gigs, new music, and a new animated show I’m currently creating and producing, I’m excited for what’s to come in 2022. What I want my brand to represent and what I want to do is to inspire, that has always been my main focus and goal. That is my version of success and that is why my brand and my legacy will be unmatched.
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.
That’s a hard one, there are so many dope places in Los Angeles. If I had to choose a few of them, I would start with a tour in Hollywood. I would show them the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theater. From there, we would travel to the Grove, where you really get to see another side of Los Angeles that is different from Hollywood. At the Grove, we have so many places to eat and sightsee. Next, I would show my friends some of the best food places this city has to offer from In N Out Burger, Sweet Chicks, Hard Rock Cafe, The Good Greek Grill, and many more. Then, you have to do the recommended bus tour that goes from Hollywood to Beverly Hills, etc.. Los Angeles is a big city so we would at least have to try to see as much as we could within a week and the bus tours are great for that! Lastly, we would have to visit the best beaches LA has to offer from Santa Monica pier to Venice and so many more. Finally, Sundays are the best days because you get to visit the local fresh markets all around town and try out the different eateries, drinks, crafts, etc. that every stand has set up for that day. That’s only a small piece of what I could do with just a week in LA! Overall, Los Angeles has so many great places, opportunities, and more to take advantage of. Just live your life and create the best experiences possible.
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?
That’s a great question! It’s a plethora of people who deserve a shoutout, but the people who deserve one the most are my parents, Tara and Demareo Copeland. My parents have shaped me into the man I am today and I would not be able to get to where I am without their sacrifices, lessons, and teachings. I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with two parents and grow up with them guiding me through all my life experiences. My father pushes me to be the best that I can be. When I feel like I’ve reached my limits or I’ve gone as far as I can go, he’s always there to remind me to go even further! My mom helps me handle all the emotional strains that come with running your production company, creative projects, career, and more. There are times when challenges can occur within projects, business partners, etc. Oftentimes, you need that supporter, mentor, etc. that you can talk to, to get a better understanding of how to move forward when these situations happen. For me, that is my mom. Whether it be advice or a stern talking to, it helps me. I feel as though you need that in your life. People who are there to push you, guide you, and let you know when you’re wrong or right, that’s the best part about having them as my parents. They deserve the biggest shoutout because, in the end, they’re the ones who have had the biggest influence on me and continuously support me every step of the way.
Image Credits: Brian Ellis & Laqaun Copeland