We had the good fortune of connecting with MOSSI and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MOSSI, how do you think about risk?
Part A) I’ve lived most of my life in fear. Fear of other people’s thoughts, fear of being attacked mentally and physically by others due to past trauma. Things you should realize: You are the people you keep, you are a reflection of them in some way and they are a reflection of you. You shouldn’t be afraid of living, you should be afraid of not getting to live before you pass on. You shouldn’t let others’ thoughts corrupt you. You are special. You are deserving of what you want even if someone thinks you don’t fit in that mold. You create your own reality. If you wake up pissed off, your day will surely lag and create more issues throughout the day. Your energy is how you show up to the world. People receiving your energy won’t fuck with you if your energy is fucked up unless they are fucked up too. We all have issues. We all have dreams. Don’t let your dreams be other people. Let your dreams be all the things you would have done if someone didn’t tell you NO, and then wake up from that dream and make it a reality. You are the one who gets yourself up in the morning. You are in control of your life. Take the fucking reigns. Part B) My entire existence has been about taking risks. You HAVE to commit to what you want to do in this life. When I was 19, I packed up everything I owned into two small suitcases. I saved $900, bought a one-way ticket, and left for New York City. I didn’t have a job when I first moved and I moved into a complete stranger’s home. I almost had to leave within the first month because I was eating $1 pizza once a day and almost out of money. My first job in New York was working in the Port Authority Bowling Alley. I just knew I needed to be there, that I needed to try to make it. Over almost 10 years, I got into the Music Industry on both the admin. side and also by meeting singer/songwriters all over NYC. Fast forward to when I decided to move to LA. I made a commitment in my brain. I told everyone, “I’m going to move to LA when as soon as I figure out how”. Not even a week into me telling all my friends that I was going to move to LA, I got a job offer working for one of the biggest recording studios in the US. When you command the energy you want, and when you truly let everything in your current situation go, life is waiting for you.
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.
My art is fueled by my depression. My paint on the canvas is the same as my voice on a track, the pain I feel, the emotion of a story. I’ve always been into the 80’s. I love how the music is overexaggerated. I love how the women wail and put emotion into their voices. I like how they took pain and heartache and made it into catchy pop songs. I don’t want to be Ariana Grande, I want to be me. The girl next door from the south, who moved to New York and got herself some grit. And said I am not taking no for an answer. I’ve worked in the background my entire life. I have constantly been told I am not good enough. I have been pressured by men in the industry who refused to help unless I provided them with sexual favors. I have auditioned for American Idol a few times and I’ve never made it past the 1st callback. I have come in 2nd place in most competitions. It’s never been ME. I know this is my calling. I know this is my path, so I keep going. It’s never been easy. The Entertainment Industry is a thankless world and nobody cares about you unless you can help them with something they need. Children are overexposed and women are beat down. Why does everyone have face fillers? I’m original. I am me. I am raw. I don’t want to look like anyone else. I am comfortable in my body. I am a badass and I have lived a hard, but amazing life. If you want the tattoos, get the tattoos. If you want pink hair, dye your hair pink. If you want to be someone, become it. Emulate it. That someone is you, and it knows what it wants. I grew up with a disabled father in a low-income family of 7. Life has never been easy for me, but we were always taught to go after our dreams and to never give up. My father is living proof of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely go to Venice Beach to get some sun and beach time. It’s a cool vibe and I love watching the roller girls and skateboarders. Have you ever been to Fogo De Chao? Oh my goodness gracious. Love that place for something special. They carry huge racks of meat to your table and slice right there in front of you! They also have a solid salad bar. I also love Gyu-Kaku. They have the most amazing cucumber salad and I love making the food in front of me. I am not a drinker, but my favorite dispensary is The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks! 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?
I dedicate my journey to all of the amazing women who actually went for it. To all the people who were told no and still made a path for themselves. Two of my favorite “Self-Help” books are “Eat, Pray, Love” By: Elizabeth Gilbert and “You Are a Badass By: Jen Sincero. Both of these books I read at different moments in my life. Both instill practices that you should go for your dreams and not seek out yourself in another person. That you are worthy of everything your heart desires. When I read “Eat, Pray, Love”, I quit my job as a Flight Attendant and moved to NYC to pursue becoming an artist. When I read “You Are a Badass”, I quit working for a toxic company and found where I truly needed to be. I am so happy where I am now and I wouldn’t be here without the journey. One of my best friends is also a STAAR, and she encourages me every day to be myself in a world of clones. She owns WAAS Gallery in Dallas, TX, and opens doors for young women in entertainment and I truly want to be like her when I grow up.