We had the good fortune of connecting with Raymond Laurent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raymond, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The most important thing I could have done is starting to work out at a young age. It shaped the way I live my life now since it taught me discipline. It all started in my freshman year of high school. I joined the football team, and I was terrible. We started doing early morning lifting sessions, and that is where I found my favorite thing to do. I began to lift weights on my own because it gave me a sense of achievement every time I broke my records. That feeling is what I am after anywhere in life. At times, you will hit a plateau but once you power through them, it is the greatest feeling of all time. All in all, I am trying to say that people should work hard for their achievements and not back down after hard times. Everyone can achieve what they want with strength and discipline.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would not say that I am different from others. I say that because everyone has creativity and arts in them. However, it is different for everyone how they find and unleash that creativity. In my case, I was lucky enough to grow up in a creative household. My mother was an artist and raised me surrounded by arts and crafts. Also, my favorite shows were all cartoons and I would admire how they were drawn and animated. I was always amazed by shows and started reenacting scenes with my friends. That’s how I found my love for acting. I took some minor acting classes and decided to pursue a career in it. Acting is not my only artistic form of expression though. I am currently finishing a book that I will publish soon. It is a poetry book about many aspects of life. My creative career is neither hard nor easy. It really depends on the day. If you really want to write that day, you will write. If you want to act, you will act. And once you get into the creative scene, it will become easier to understand how to move forward because you will know what you want to achieve. Of course, there are challenges, but that’s in every part of life. Usually, on days that I do not feel like doing anything creative, I take a break and make a strong comeback. I don’t force it, it just happens after a while. All in all, I want the world to know that anyone can start a creative career or hobby. It’s just a matter of time until you find what you like.
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.
In this city, there are so many sites to see. I actually had a friend come in a while ago and I showed him all around the city. I usually start by going to Malibu. PCH is one of my favorite roads because of the scenic drive. We went to a car meet on a Sunday morning and had some food in the area. Canyon drives in sports cars are one of my other favorite things to do. Amazing views, sounds of the engine, and nice winding roads. One of my favorite places to eat is at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. It is a popular restaurant and it makes sense. The food is amazing and the bread they serve is always so fresh. On a casual day, I am usually in Santa Monica. I like the atmosphere and when I am there, I usually eat a Chipotle bowl.
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?
Of course, this may sound typical, but I would say that my mother deserves the most credit. She has supported every decision in my life and pushed me for more. My mother has always wanted the best for me. She let me freely decide what I want to do. She was always there for me, whether it was a bad day or my best day. She always taught me to get what I want, making her the main reason for my career choice. I have a lot to grow, and I am grateful to have her as my mom.