We had the good fortune of connecting with Luckie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luckie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As an artist it’s important for me to take risks. I always moved with the intention of creating timeless, powerful aesthetics but it takes a lot of moving pieces. You have to be sure of your vision but also make room for fresh new inspirations at any time. From musical theatre training as a kid to then growing into a creatively headstrong teenager, I maintained a need for the thrill of taking risks that helped me thrive throughout my journey. I had to be ok with not having it all figured out and remaining open enough to learn an unbiased lesson through each experience; whether successful or not. Navigating the ins/outs of the entertainment industry revealed opportunities I didn’t know I was ready for until I was already in the thick of it. Being able to create with such dynamically talented people throughout my career keeps me ready to take bigger risks while also altering my approach and learning as much as I can.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m beyond proud of the energy and the different people around the world that we’ve been able to connect with. There’s NOTHING like Old School Skinny because there’s no vibe like what my wife and I bring to this world. The class was born from us and continues to be a light of joy for people so we’re always grateful for that powerful connection we make through music and dance. Being able to build something so impactful with my wife is a tremendous blessing. Not only do we get to bounce ideas off each other and dance together for a living, we also challenge each other to never rest in our comfort zone.. She holds me accountable and motivates me to greatness and I do the same for her. We’ve all heard that nothing in life worth having ever comes easy. The process of learning business accounting, video editing, website design, how to communicate with your spouse in work environments and creating a trademark teaching style is a fun but tedious process. Whether it’s OSS or we’re working on creative endeavors, there are day to day disciplines that come along with producing that inherently make you a more efficient individual. Challenges can be expected because that’s just life. No matter what comes our way, our goal in any atmosphere is to thrive and inspire!
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.
As an LA native, my version of “Where to Go” is very different and because I’m a foodie, that’s where I’ll start. Sattdown (The Valley) The Serving Spoon ( Inglewood ) Papi Tacos ( Central LA ) My Two Cents ( LA ) Dulans Soul Food ( Crenshaw Dist or Inglewood ) Hot and Cool Cafe ( Leimert Park ) Harvest Moon Kitchen ( The Valley ) King Fish ( Inglewood ) … to name a few. Since COVID shut mostly everything down, I like to escape with a long drive through the Hollywood Hills or chill at a beach further than Malibu up PCH. Sit out on a cliff overlooking the coast and just be present. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I give all glory and praise to God for keeping me alive, inspired and in my right mind when words from a book or person I know weren’t enough. Whenever there was a risk to be taken or new chapter being started, I went to Him to guide the way. Opening myself to God’s purpose for my life removes anxiety, fear and doubt from my everyday. What is made for me will be mine and I can count on His provision to be more than enough. There are too many times to tell about when I thought “.. well this is it” then the next day and sometimes within the same hour, a miracle comes through like it was express shipped from heaven. I owe everything I have to the blessings I’ve received, the insight from His word and the grace that rains down on me every time I get to see another day.