We had the good fortune of connecting with LaSasha Delashay “LSD” and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi LaSasha, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
A major principle I’ve been honing in on this year is creating what it is I desire rather than jumping on what’s trending at the moment. I choose to find success by being all that I, LaSasha Delashay “LSD”, am and  can offer. Anyone can copy and paste. I want to create. I am here to create. At times it may be very difficult to decipher between inspiration and imitation but I’m slowly learning that difference is recognition. Aspire. Recognize. Inspire.

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
It definitely wasn’t easy getting to the point where I am now with my art. It took a couple years before I found my style which was something I happen to have stumbled upon.

Last year, I challenged myself and created what I named a 365 Art Challenge. This 365 Art Challenge had a way of encouraging me to create at least one Art piece a day for the entire year of 2020. This is before and throughout COVID. By the time I completed this challenge I learned to make time for myself on days where I’d feel there just wasn’t enough time for anything beyond necessity.

Some days I felt overwhelmed and overworked but I didn’t give up. In fact, eventually, some days I even produced more than one art piece thanks to the strength of my support system. As I continued posting each piece online daily, the challenge was no longer my own. My following on social media started cheering me on and holding me accountable. The experience made me feel so connected with my audience. It taught me that as long as you love what you create, others that love it too will find their way to you and stick beside you.

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?
Local Black Owned Bakery Busy Baking is a must have LA Cheat Day stop for me. Owner Regine always has me counting down to the weekend. Now that dessert is covered, for some good food I always check in on Local Celebrity Chef Junie to see what events he’ll be catering next. If you don’t believe me, check out his YouTube ChefJunieTV , everything he cooks looks/is delicious. Wash it down with some delicious Coco Berry Juice from Honey Qween Juice Bar and see Original Art Piece Honey Qween by local Artist LaSasha Delashay “LSD” in person.  Then I’d museum hop through the Broad to LACMA to CAAM to the soundtrack of my favorite podcast Another Layer Podcast with Mercy. Mercy has a way of allowing her audience to feel their most vulnerable while simply being her most vulnerable self. Mercy the host has seriously become my narrator on all my Me Dates and with the girls. With 2 entire seasons streaming on all platforms, let this listen be the first check on your LSD Experience To Do List.

Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?  
Shoutout to my parents, after all, they started my story. I’m fortunate enough to have a mother that can secretly draw, though she just doesn’t have the patience for it. Also I’m blessed to have a father who’s an extremely talented lyricist. Art has always been around me. It’s something that, unlike many others, I was encouraged to embrace.. prioritizing my education first of course. Since I’ve matured I realized I would not be sharing my art with the world if it weren’t for Dionne and Harry displaying my, at the time, hideous sketches around my childhood home. It was that love and endless support which led me to continue on perfecting my craft. Without my parents, I probably wouldn’t even have the courage to be an Artist, let alone the Artist I am today.

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