We had the good fortune of connecting with Lex Andretti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I didn’t choose this life it chose me. When I was young, I always was clouded by my creative thoughts. I’m the type of person that trusts my intuition and even though my parents saw my life going a more professional route, I recognized my worth and decided to be a freelancer. I decided to pursue a creative career because I knew I’d be miserable doing anything else. My brain runs 300mph. I don’t believe in backup plans, I feel if there was a Plan B, I’d fail Plan A.

 

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 wear many hats as an artist, whether it be music, fine art, graphics, or fashion, I’d label myself a renaissance woman. I’m excited to do things that are timeless. I got where I am professionally by standing my ground, as a woman in a male dominated industry, you have to stay 10 toes down and always know where you’re going. This industry has a lot of sharks in a small fish bowl, and it’s easy to get discouraged if you don’t have confidence in yourself and know how to just be you. I like trying all things creative to see what works for me. I never really know how my projects are going to turn out. Someone once told me, “Proper planning prevents piss poor performance,” but proper planning isn’t always necessary, trust your gut. Trusting your impulses are important. A fast paced mind is an interesting place and anything can take off and be great if you tune into your true self and tune out the distractions. Taking L’s are very necessary for success.

 

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.
We’re going to grab some good eats first of all. Depending on the friend, we’re either going to work or go out and meet up with other friends/see some scenery take pictures. I’m such a homebody. Everyone close to me knows I’m cool with just living the high life and watching movie on a normal day. Depending on which coast I’m on, my definition of fun changes. LA is the place where I can wake up and feel spontaneous and adventurous. When I’m in the south I like to hang with friends and chill at the studio or wherever the music resides. When I’m back home in the DMV I like the go to day parties and hang with my family by the water. The best fun is traveling out the country and experiencing new vibes. Fun fact: I’ve shot videos in; Brazil, Tokyo, Paris, and Hawaii.

 

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?
No matter how many things I do alone, I can’t forget that God and my mom are the reasons I am on this Earth. My life has been a journey of education and trial-and-error. I feel like moving to California was the start of finding myself as an artist. I’d like to thank my friends and professors at North Carolina A&T for giving me the confidence and experience I needed to dig into my personality. I’d like to thank the Paul family for giving me my first big opportunity in LA. If it wasn’t for flying to the west to do an oil painting for CP3, I wouldn’t have left my comfort zone so quickly. Of course I’d like to thank all of my producers/videographers but Colourfulmula and Reeseygotit are my dream team when it comes to pushing out all of this content and staying on top of things.

 

Website: lexandretti.com

Instagram: @lexandretti

Twitter: @lexandretti

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjZ5Cl7Dg-dssYynX3DgJQ

Other: twitch @playlexandretti

Image Credits
Richard Tenhue, Casimir Spaulding, Alexis Harper

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