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

Hi Player WON, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by people, both good and bad. Unfortunately, so many of my greatest ideas and concepts artistically have been born out of a societal upset. I’m fascinated with anthropology and the overall human condition. I believe it would be unfair of me to have that interest or make that claim if I was not also equally excited about those particular times where humans seem to disappoint. A lot of my art tends to be born out of opposition and protest of humane commonalities. I find it important to play the contrarian. To be an alternative.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my career as an actor which slowly mutated… I realized that some of the greatest roles we play are often not written. My love of poetry and writing evolved into making hiphop music. Painting pictures turned into selling commissions. My love of acting had me writing screen plays. Ultimately my greatest achievement was playing many parts not out of curiosity to entertain many art forms but out of necessity to fulfill myself artistically without the limitations of labels or category. To my surprise, the most difficult part of it all was not the pursuit of multiple mediums but the explanation of what it was I was attempting to do as a pluralist. Not that it was of great importance to explain myself to others but my understanding of what “art” is in a world where everyone calls themself an artist ostracized me in the general LA community of creators. Establishing a reputation without labels is a much more abstract concept to tackle in a place like LA. I think I’ve done it, but who knows, someone’s gonna either love me or hate me for some specific reason. They’ll know me how they want to. All that matters now is proving to people that it is very possible to wear many hats. I want people to know just how much control we personally have over ourselves and what we do with this one life.

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.
I would take my friend to a bunch of live shows that are lowkey. I would show them the many friends I have who are singers or rappers or comedians. I would show them entertainment without the prepackaged feeling of fandom and inaccessibility that often comes with seeing “stars”… LA has a lot to see that could really inspire. the stars are not out of reach here. So many great venues and artists to see at a max of $20…

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 would like to thank the Wizard of Oz for providing a piece of fiction that would ultimately usher me through a very non fiction yet surrealistic life of art and grandeur.

Instagram: @Nickgalarza

Youtube: Player WON

Image Credits
Addley Saimbert and Max Nathan

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