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

Hi Ricky, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Honestly, I just never saw another way for my life. well, that’s not entirely true. I did excel at the “9-5” life for a bit because I thought that’s “how you do it.” So when life handed me a different option, I felt so aligned in chasing this muse of mine wherever it wants to go, because I know it leads me to my restoration, joy and love. back to my roots…back to who i really am. Literally, I’m of the mindset that my poetry is my life and vice-versa. If my art is flowing, it’s because I’m in alignment with myself, my higher self, my everything. The creative process is a microcosm for what we experience in everyday life. The inspiration, the crafting, the expressing, the performing, the sharing and the potential feeling of rejection, or even scarier, “success.” Short answer is that art is going to save us, so I wanted to dedicate my entire life to it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This is a dope question–i love when people are genuinely interested in art because that means they are (to some level) interested in healing and expression. I find that art literally dissolves the need for categories, labels, boxes, limitations of mind, so this question is also a challenging one. I’m not sure if this sets me ‘apart,’ but I really do know my strengths and overall purpose my art is playing in my life and in the world at large. I’m working on healing humanity through deep human exploration and putting it all on display through multiple different mediums. My favorite is written poetry, but I also absolutely love to ‘poetic speak.’ Speaking this way is basically allowing my brain to find its flow and remove any barriers like “what are they going to think” or “is this even good”…all that BS. When I speak poetically, I’m freestyling a poem and it’s easy for me because it’s literally the way my brain works. So, one of my favorite creations was the creation of an alter ego. I had just left the 9-5 life and I was desperately seeking more full-bodied expression in every way (including through my social media presence).  I still had so much doubt in my energetic body, so I was like you know what, I need an alter ego to help buffer this transition. So I created RayRei–the part of me that is always on my team. The one who never self-sabotages.  I learned so much from the freedom of having an alter ego and have since integrated back to my real name.  Although I no longer post as RayRei, I realize my artistic expression became rooted in deeper truths and frankly, everything improved.  I want the world to witness my version of raw, authentic humanity and in return, I will continue to put vulnerability on display. I want the world to realize that nothing outside of them can defile NOR save them. Each individual is bound by the lock, but inherently possesses the key.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve recently moved out of LA to Carlsbad, CA but if my best friend came to visit me for a week, I would definitely go back to Los Angeles. I would probably stay in Studio City on Tujunga. There is such truth and beauty on that street… i love it…it’s not flashy at all, yet so authentic.  It’s like the street where you would like to run into somebody but also don’t care if you’re alone all day.  I would then make a day out of malibu and Topanga Canyon. The air there just feels different…feels creative and free. As for where I currently live, Carlsbad, I would make an entire day out of encinitas/leucadia. That little strip on PCH is just pure magic and it seems as though the majority of people are consciously walking on their journey–it’s very refreshing.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Omg, yeah my beautiful partner, Julia (@pokedbyj and @rockdoodles). She is so dope, so creative, so sharp and just overall an inspiration for me. She’s the first one who really told me I was a poet…she would read through some of my journals (i have pages and pages filled with years of chronicling) and affirm my work before I even allowed myself to believe in it.

Website: www.realrickysanchez.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuGOcddby6QTFyil0MREWkA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realrickysanchez

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/realrickytweets

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ricky-sanchez-mba-apu/

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