We had the good fortune of connecting with Lee How and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lee, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Calculated risk is absolutely necessary for growth. By being afraid of making the wrong choice or having the simple idea of becoming a failure and/or an embarrassment, you only further ensure a bumpier road. We learn life through experience and risk is always a part of the equation. In the same way with car insurance, where we pay for coverage incase we decide to play bumper cars. Yet we don’t obsess about crashing, instead we just drive understanding the risks.
Well what if we thought like that for everything? What if success is simply a numbers game and more “try’s” equals more “wins”. One bad game doesn’t end the season (unless it’s the finals of course haha). On the contrary, most will proceed to live to shoot their shot another day. The key is to keep practicing your shot. Doesn’t the saying go… “Luck is just when preparation meets opportunity.” So study, learn the game, and do what you love to do and do it well. Your odds are greater when you bet on yourself. I’ve lost money, friends, and overall trust at times, all-the-while discovering hidden lessons and silver-linings…knowing that I’m better off and will always find my way. One door closes and four more open. The hardest part is often just letting yourself walk through them without being afraid of what’s waiting on the other side. Risk can not only be a life changer, it can also be exciting and liberating.
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.
I think the term “creative” is most appropriate for describing what I do. I believe the arts are all connected and I like to practice all of them, although my journey has been through the lens of a musician and tap dancer, primarily the later. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world teaching and performing for over 15 years, have my own magazine spread, and even dance on Broadway.
We all know the journey of an artist is like a bittersweet dance between peaks and valleys, but by experiencing and learning so much from dealing with different jobs, people, and projects, it has allowed me to be able to better focus in on my strengths. I have also been simultaneously pursuing a music career for about 10 years. I have released a total of 3 separate projects independently during my earlier years and am currently completing what will soon be my first official offering in almost 7 years. Everything I do musically is self produced, self written and performed, and even self mixed and mastered. A legit one stop shop artist. And the key gems I have found along the way are as follows… one: keep studying, two: monitor and manage your money, three: keep your circle tight, four: get in it writing, and five: don’t quit. These values align with the artist name Lee How Fasho and the Fasho brand which stands for “focus and stay humble overall”. And I make the effort to stand up on that wave everyday. Phoenix dropping Oct 31st, 2021! No donda delays scouts honor!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re into the outdoors Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon are two hikes where I love to clear my head and find inspiration. Yamashiro Hollywood has an amazing view of the city with great food and drinks. The Roosevelt Hotel has a great rooftop pool brunch situation if that’s your thing. Honestly most Echo Park brunch restaurants are a win. The bars on Santa Monica like Employees Only and Laurel Hardware are great. If you love shopping there’s places like The Grove, Beverly Center, or good old Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills if you’re feeling fancy. There’s also Universal Studios if you want trip shrooms with Harry Potter haha. You can pretty much get into anything you want here, especially trouble haha although I try to stay away from trouble these days. Honestly the beach is my solitude. I’m actually moving there soon and I can’t wait.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to send a special shoutout to my parents, Gail and Larry Howard, who have been beyond supportive in my career aspirations in every way possible, mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, and unconditionally. From taking me across country as a kid to tap festivals to flying out to LA for one my music video release parties, they have been there for me every step of the way. I do this for them and for that very reason in itself I will be successful.
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