We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Leslie Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan Leslie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“An artists job is to serve the community. But sometimes JOY is enough.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well the first time I found an audience that really resonated with my work was when I was given the opportunity to do whatever I wanted. I was given the chance to activate the age old idiom to create the art I wanted to see in the world. When I realized I didn’t have a favorite tv show, or favorite a YouTube channel, well this was because there was a hole in the media. And what I wanted was to create something that represented not just myself but also my taste. Something that filled that hole. I set out to create something that I LOVED. Inspired by my favorite mentors and creators that came before me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Bronson caves are a great place for a first kiss and ALSO the best view of the Hollywood sign. You need to see the beaches in Malibu. Make a playlist for the traffic, trust- it can be iconic. Drive along Mulholland. (Gawk at downtown from afar- stay in Hollywood.) MUST visit Griffith Observatory. Go on a hike- TRY ONE, Runyon’s easy!! Groundlings theatre is a must, I recommend Sundays- the cast always drinks at the pub across the street after. Walk the walk of fame but don’t wear your favorite shoes. WeHo is all gay nightlife. Literally thousands of people in a couple of walkable blocks of bars. Pride and Halloween are at a thousand percent. For the straight crowd Ive never had a bad time in a Koreatown karaoke bar or at Cliftons Cafeteria. Cicada Club is next level if you wanna go for the prohibition nightclub vibe, but there’s a period dress code.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lesbians…. (full stop?) I look at my analytics on social media and it is an army of lesbians and queer women and about 8% gay men. But honestly I want to shout out the full LGBTQIA+ community. When I talk about serving the community, it means as an artist, a comedian, a performer- I want to be tapped into my audience. A purposeful niche. Which specifically is- the queer community. I start from place of how will I service THIS community.
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