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

Hi Trevor, how do you think about risk?
For me RISK TAKING is one of the most important steps in becoming successful and happy in your life and career. There are a lot of talented artist out there that never got to reach their full potential because it was too “risky” to do so. Artist that could have changed the world with their gifts. Being an artist in this world is already a risk. Now being a full-time artist that relies on their art to survive is a different beast all together. Risk comes in many different forms and each risk has different payouts/consequences. Putting your work out there for the public to see and criticize, relying on other peoples opinions to pay your bills, putting in all of your time money and resources with no guarantee return, not knowing when your next check is coming. These are all examples of risks I had to take to become the artist I am today. Without taking the leap of faith dropping out of college and moving to NYC with only 500 dollars to my name I would have never been able to accomplish half of what I have been able to do in my career/life. Life would have been easier if I just stayed in school, became a bio-medical engineer, got a good job and embraced stability in my life. But in doing so I would of been unhappy uninspired and missing a piece of myself I never knew I needed. Yes the life I chose is hard and trying but the rewards are unimaginable.The path I chose made it possible for me to create a life that was exciting meaningful and influential. Because I took risks I was able to Travel all over the world experiencing art food and life in different cultures. I was able to meet some of the most amazing people that that have changed me for the better. My perspective on life in general is so much better off because I had the guts to take risk. Everything does always go to plan but in the end its always worth it. If you think about it the greatest achievements all came with a huge amount risk but the ones sitting at the top all have one thing in common they all had the guts to pursue what they really wanted despite the obstacles in their way. Great success doesn’t exist with out some amount of risk and the fact that I was able to embrace risk taking change my life forever. If you work hard, believe in your craft and own who you are risking taking becomes destiny.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As well as having a successful dancing and modeling career I recently took over a business. Ubuntu Creative is an entertainment production company. We tailor each engagement with a fresh and unique approach, providing talent and decorative elements across the wide spectrum of entertainment. No production is too big or too small. Our roster of industry experts relies on 20 years of active collaborations. Fast and attention detailed execution. From concept to Production Design. We offer creative consulting as well as full production execution for any entertainment performance needs. I’m so excited to be doing what I love and ultimately help bring peoples vision to life. I got to where I am today business-wise by really investing in my art and thus fostering a vast amount of experience making the transition seamless. I have learned a lot in taking on this company but the very name and legacy of Linda Bourini the woman that created such an amazing business has really changed the way I look at life.Ubuntu / (ʊˈbuːntʊ) /: Southern African humanity or fellow feeling; kindness. I am because we are is what this company stands for. We are excited to present this fresh and innovative new fashion of entertainment, and digital production, destined to place House of Ubuntu ahead of all competitors.
To those seeking the “IT” factor: we got you!

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.
we would start with a hike at my favorite spot ESCONDIDO FALLS. The views and waterfalls are breathe taking. Another excellent spot to go hiking is Brush Canyon Trail which has a great view of the Hollywood sign. Next on the list would be my favorite brunch spot Hamburger Mary’s. I mean who doest love bottomless and drag shows. I would then take them to see the Walk of Fame because why not when I think of LA that comes straight to mind. We would definitely have to hit up Santa Monica one day for some great restaurants and then Venice right after for some amazing street art. A day trip to Joshua tree is a must California is great for taking in natural beauty. lastly I would finish off at the LACMA because we all need more art in our lives.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people responsible for where I am in my career but there is one that comes to mind that has been there from the beginning. I didn’t come from a very naturing and supportive family the only people I had in my corner was my Nana and my childhood best friend Austin. Austin gave me the space to find myself. She created such a safe place for me to find who I am, my voice and ultimately she has a big part shaping the man I am today. As well as being there for me in my personal life she introduced me to dance thus she sparked the fire that would later change my life. I will forever be grateful for her and everything she has and continues to do for me. because of her influence she allowed me to not only fly but soar.

Website: https://ubuntucreative.com

Instagram: @Trevor_Ryian

Image Credits
AJ Calloway Richard Function todd vitti

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