We had the good fortune of connecting with Quinton “Tex the Artist” Lover and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quinton “Tex the Artist”, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is something a person has to endure to reach that next level. I believe a huge misconception about risk is that every part of it has to be dangerous or dramatic for it to propose a major impact. Risk can be positive and create a purposeful outcome by first starting with the mindset of what “risk” is. Everyone is going to perceive and understand the topic differently from the next. A hack or cheat code I would recommend for taking risks is finding your true definition of the word. Find comfortability in that definition and design a plan that minimizes the risk-factor to the best of your ability. Life as an artist itself can be seen as an example of a risk. Life as a dancer can be a risk. However, these are risks that I’m willing to undergo because I know my intention is to create. The person deciding has to be in agreement with what comes with risk and choose the battles that they see fit for their lifestyle at that point in time. A huge factor in this decision is learning and accepting that there will always be risks. There’s a slim percentage that life will ever “run out” of opportunities to take a chance at something. People I look up to like Luka Sabbat, Tems, Vic Mensa, Joe Kay, Amber Asaly, and others, I’m sure took their fair share in choosing and pursuing risks. Unfortunately and fortunately, the places that we want to be may require a leap of faith and that’s cool. If you truly want it, take your time with it and one step in front of the other. The process is more rewarding and full of personal, character developing life lessons that can benefit you further than what you can see now. My career, my life, neither would be where they are if it wasn’t for such a thing. I’ve learned on this journey what is most or least important to me, and from there, make decisions to put forth the necessary action to move forward as best as I can.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is something that can’t be limited. Artistry really is a feeling and the passion behind the feeling. As a dancer who has learned criteria in photography, videography, fashion, creative direction, interior design, etc, each are different mediums of art in their own way. What sets me apart from others is simply because I am me. I think, react, and move like no one else as should anyone based on our own individual instincts and influence. The “easiest” part would be staying true to myself and my perceptions but even then, that can be difficult from time to time. To professionally acquire those goals we all want throughout our career paths, it requires coming to terms that no one can create that journey like or for you. Challenges and shortcomings are bound to happen. There are still days where it’s a fight just to step foot out of bed because of what’s happening internally, externally or both. What I tell myself is that I’d rather face the obstacles of being successful and become great at what I’m meant to do as opposed to the pondered thoughts of regret for never trying.
The art that I create helps comfort and dissipate those challenges from being seen as such difficult setbacks. At the end of the day, my goal is to be mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically balanced. As a survivor of very strenuous mental battles and tribulations, my brand is one that highlights individuality and mental health to conquer those battles that cannot be seen and rarely talked about. A lot of those discomforts and problems we sought to be the root of a problem, starts with us and our levels of health. I’ve learned there’s no prize in looking physically impressive if emotionally, mentally or spiritually there are underlying areas that haven’t healed. Throughout my journey in LA, I’ve accomplished goals that 13 year old me dreamed of. Dancing on a live televised Awards Show, building my brands TEXTUR333S and SIGHTXCHANGE , directing and photographing music videos and concerts, all while being able to travel, my art has led me through great hardships but even better experiences. I’m excited to continue establishing this platform that promotes growth, conversation, and individualism and don’t plan on stopping anywhere, anytime soon.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first two places that comes to my mind would be Melrose and Grand Central Market. Both have so much to offer as far as food, clothes, culture, art, and hidden gems. There’s something at both locations for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding what that place is. Ventura Blvd in Studio City is always a vibe. I usually go there for dining just because there are so many options of cuisine (some top favorites would have to be Anejo Cantina & Grill and On the Thirty. You’re welcome.” If you’re looking to hike, I’d recommend Runyon, Wisdom Tree, Dixie Canyon, Stough Canyon, and Fryman. All are great choices just depending on the sights you want to see. El Matador Beach is another one of my favorite spots out here. I’ve been there to have a day of relaxation but also as a photographer for shoots. It’s a central hub for media specialists of all kinds so if you want that vacation beach photo, that’s a spot for you. The last spot I’d mention is the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. I saw a Wrinkle of Time there while visiting with some college friends before moving here and it changed all of our lives. I won’t say much but if you have the opportunity to visit, take it. LA honestly is a place where I’ve gotten together with people and ended up somewhere completely different just by driving and wanting to adventure off. Expect some spontaneity in your trip especially if you’re here for a week. Itinerary or not, there’ s most likely going to be a day where there’s a random trip to a memorable and unforgettable experience.
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?
There’s so many people that rise into this category and deserve all the praise. If it was up to me, I’d be listing over 50 names. From those who I met before I moved to LA, to those I met in my first days of being here, to now who I’ve met throughout Covid and on, all of my tribe know I consider them family. I’m blessed to be surrounded by people who not only help each other thrive on a professional level, but personally as well. I am able to learn something from every single person I have connection with because they too are seeking out to be a better individual. I’ll be straightforward and say my position in life wouldn’t be where it was without conversations and opportunities presented from loved ones. My people know who they are and if they are reading this, I appreciate the consistent great energy, love and support. Shout out to the PAKAGE, my day 1s and sense of home away from home, our summer talks we had a year ago about our futures are coming into fruition and if anything, you all inspired this wave of embracing my full potential and unapologetically living in that. And of course shout out to my mom and sister who believed in me before I did. Truly thankful for everyone who has been a part of my journey, past, present, and future.
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