We had the good fortune of connecting with Quiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quiz, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is where you find out what you’re truly made of. It’s easy to perform and execute when things are convenient and comfortable but when you take a risk it’s more difficult to remain mentally and emotionally solid. Risk taking opens the door for fear because you put yourself in position where things can possibly not work in your favor which could set you back. About 8 years ago i took a risk and quit my job to pursue music. Although it was a great experience and it helped me to develop into the artist I am today I also endured some real tough times which have left scars. In hindsight I guess its apart of the process but in the moment I questioned my decision often.
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 first love is writing and rapping which turned into just an overall passion for making music. Rap is the genre that I create but at this point of my career i feel a sense of responsibility to provide clarity, honesty and vulnerability to my audience. I’m passionate about connecting with my people and providing another perspective regarding the fact that we’re all out here trying to figure it out, we’re all out here trying to level up and do better. I think we weren’t prepared for the process or what it really takes to create and try to have something when you come from close to nothing. Still inside of that life is beautiful, life is fun and there are things we can be proud of and enjoy while working and positioning ourselves to move forward. At this moment I’m excited to be transparent and share. People have followed me on my journey have seen me go through ups and downs and still work to be great. I think resilience can’t be mimicked and is contagious, so being able to live a life and have a career that reflects resilience is a gift worth sharing. It’s something that I hope will help inspire and motivate others. Accomplishing any independent journey is difficult. If you can commit, stick it through and make it work then I feel it well worth it. We’re all connected and the life we live can help provide perspective and clarity for others. I want the world to know that my brand is for the common man. It’s for the people with a genuine passion but feel over shadowed by our capitalistic society. I want my brand to reflect that theirs no need to focus on the external problems you can’t solve but focus on how you can be better and complete the task you’ve been given to the best of your ability. I think if we can get better at that as a people we’ll have more control of our culture and the direction we head in. Within my brand I aim to execute, deliver and display those beliefs.
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.
Ballast Point brewery in Long Beach for good brews and even better views. My parents house for my Dad’s BBQ and home made brews A bike ride along the coast from Long Beach to Huntington Beach The Studio with my team…..good vibes, convos, ideas and music circulating the whole time dUniversal Studios is a good way to enjoy the day with a mixup of activities to enjoy.
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?
My family for being their at all times no matter what.