We had the good fortune of connecting with The Contaminator and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Running and branding 5 multi-media art careers, let alone running and branding 1 art career is a full-time commitment. There are alot of sacrifices to be made to complete a quality vision that’s relateable, and marketable. A hard lesson I have learnt along the way is the importance of balance and the art of “letting go” to keep and create a fluid work pace without exhausting yourself to sickness. When I was younger, I believed the most accurate way to deliver this art was to run my body to the ground while giving myself away completely. A good friend taught me to be a little selfish with your time and energy. So instead of trying to be at every opening and help every stranger I saw in need leaving myself with no energy, I then began to direct all of the energy to the art world. That way, I could help people with my art, while improving the quality of it, my health, and stregthening my message.
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.
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?
My life is art and food with a sprinkle of random adventure, I am still learning myself about all of the cool underground and unique places that LA has to offer. Because who wants the basic things, right? Being on a budget there’s no doubt taking people to Echo Park Lake to experience the mix of people, culture and art is a must. I have done alot of perfornance practices there, and a lot of my art was created during those practices live. Then of course to hit up Sage Bistro for vegan appetizers or Monty’s burgers if you want amazing vegan garbage food. In non-pandemic August “Echo Park Rising” music festival is a favorite of mine and how I met some very talented musicians- some I have collaborated with. Hit up the very steep
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?
The amount of people to mention is overwhelming, this isn’t something I have been working on in the last year this has been 6 years of development for “The Contaminator Crew”/ “The Egos”. I have been blessed not only by my intimate friends and family in Toledo,Ohio area but all cities inbetween that I have gravited to these last years. I meet people almost daily that just blindly come up and encourage me, besidesthe friends and family that give me an affordable place to live, to create. That give rides, a helping hand with a big project, a nice meal, tea on the not so great times when work is non-existent. There’s also time and energy in mentorship from multiple masters that aren’t only with me physically but spiritually as well. I don’t feet right listing names because I’d have to list them all and no one has time or space for that. Just please know to all of you out there, guiding, protecting and supporting what I do, that I give myself completely in dedication to my craft honoring the love you have blessed me with. My way of giving back is to finish what I started, staying true to my soul and following through with my mission. You all are my rock and I think about so many of you daily, whether I call or not I am here with you taking your love with me every step of the way. And of course my Parents in Michigan and Toledo Ohio, that let me be me,don’t hesitate to help when I need it and love me for who I am. I love and appreciate you all so much. Thank you
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