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

Hi Marcus, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Initally I wanted to be my own boss, make my own schedule set my own prices and gain my own financial wealth and I quickly learned None of this mattered because this is NOT why you start your business, you Start a business to Create JOBS for other people.

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’m most proud of being able to keep this community event going strong for the past 5 1/2 years and all of the new friendships/relationships that have been made. It takes ALOT of time, dedication and planning every Sunday to prep for the event. In the beginning when the Venice.Electric.Light.Parade was in its Newborn stage my Anxiety Pre Ride use to be through the roof because I wanted everything to be perfect, as the years progressed Ive learned to just go with the flow and Keep it organic and the Bike parade has grown tremendously. When you are a creator or Visionary there are alot of People or Roadblocks that will try to derail your plans, be it a Sculpture, Painting or the Venice Electric Light Parade. What ive also learned is to not quit stay at it and you will eventually come out ahead. Id like the Community, tourist and all the People who Ive crossed Paths with to just remember me as being a “Good Person” and the Venice Electric Light Parade thats Inspired multiple LED night rides worldwide to continue to inspire Communities, People and Bicyclist All over to spread, Love, Light and Safe Cycling at night.❤

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends are Visiting for week. First location would definitely be Venice for some boardwalk walking and People watching then of course some Hiking, historical landmark sightseeing, some shopping and fashion admiring down on Rodeo Drive then some horseback riding in Burbank. Dining would be at a few of the many boutique restaurants around town too many to list….but my favorite is the Grill on the roof of my apt Building….So in Short my favorite eating Spot is HOME!!! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sebastian “The Lightman” of Venice Beach

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Image Credits
(Me) Marcus Gladney

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