We had the good fortune of connecting with R T and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi RT, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Starting a business is easy. Running a business is f***ing hard.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I was on another path. The art culture runs in my families veins, but I chose another path in Entertainment.
I’ve painted throughout my youth, in my family’s’ garage. I didn’t realize that it would become an all consuming affinity today in my life.
Within this past half decade, I sat myself down and confronted my conflict, turbo boost my acting career by moving to New York or officially embrace the chaos and paint full time? And here I am now. Confident in my decision and direction, I am an Artist. But I am at the very beginnings of my journey. I am 90 percent learner and 10 percent lethal. I have met many personal bench marks, including showing my art internationally at art fairs and in collaboration with global hospitality brands and iconic artists and iconic entertainers who have made their stamp on culture.
Regarding lessons learned, being willing to pivot, whether you’re one paragraph or three books into your journey, always be willing to start a new story on the next page. Networks, skills and abilities cross over and serve high values for many aims.
My brand is an unfolding of collapse and crescendo, momentum and monotony. The more precise I aim, the more it’s less of the same.

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?
First things first, we discuss the benefits personal time at the little known but highly scenic “ Turtle pond”just steps away from LACMA Museum. And food culture, is abundant here in LA and I support small businesses so we drop in to all the Mom and Pop spots, a couple of my favorite are Korean Bbq, street tacos and filipino food (HI FI KITCHEN). Culture also includes the finer things in life, so whether its Spago or Baltaire, my networks will get me seated there. I love hiking around here, and there’s so many great adventures to come across and for the other half of their week long trip I would be busy painting (lol)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Monik Phan/ Sergeant First Class

Website: https://www.reenatolentino.com/art

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Image Credits
Bruce Martin and O Gallery

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