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

Hi Tristan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue an artistic/creative career because it was something that called to me, lights me up, and allows a deep connection to others regardless of languages spoken, region of origin, and social standings. I’m a huge advocate for following your passions (what lights you up) and to take comfort in the fact that you can start doing that anytime you want, regardless of what society thinks on the matter. I’d like to think I’m leading by example for the most part. The arts and creativity are all expressions of what is inherently a birthright and physical manifestations of emotion and energy. Art can transcend time and space and evoke mind and soul expansion. Turning art/creativity into a career for me is upholding the age old adage of “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want my art to evoke a willingness to see other points of view and to open the doorway to living a life that is in harmony with nature. I want my art to bring people together and lift the veil of illusions placed on us by all the division manufacturing out there. I am okay with being on the fringe of what society at the time has deemed acceptable thoughts and feelings regarding any given topic. Most people (in my experience) are so caught up on how the general public will interpret the message or expression that the fear stops them from ever truly expressing themselves truthfully and honestly. Even now, this is something I see a lot of people struggling with – how to be true to themselves while still appeasing the masses. This is not something that is easy and taken lightly. We are so ingrained and indoctrinated in the fear. Too afraid to fail, too afraid to be rejected, too afraid we won’t be seen or heard the way we want. Too afraid to be ostracized and criticized. To be frank and honest, these are things I too am currently overcoming. These are not easy cycles to break, but it can be done. The truth is, you can not please everyone all at the same time, and that is okay. We are all on a journey to learn and grow.

My latest project “High Mystery the TV Show” is one example of putting content out that is meant to continue the legacy of storytelling, highlight bonding with your friends and community, and gives you the opportunity to hear new ideas that may challenge your own. All while still having fun, being entertained, and getting a little more levity in your life! I would like my “brand/story” to be one of unity and connection, openness and authenticity, and to embrace life with love and understanding.

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?
The great part about living in the LA area is that there is really something for everyone. My crew is pretty into the outdoors and nature. That means we are definitely going to the beach. I prefer to go to the Malibu/Topanga beaches for surf and daytime hangs but if you are looking for a nighttime beach hang, I recommend Dockweiler beach. This is still a great beach to visit during the day as well, but it has the added fire pit option for evening beach fun. Topanga canyon is also a great little spot with great hikes and a fun earthy community. It is a little pricy but if you are looking to treat yourself, Inn of the Seventh Ray is a beautiful hidden gem in the Topanga canyon area, giving off woodland fairy vibes.

As I mentioned earlier, LA has something for everyone and this could not be more true than when it comes to food options. LA has a great variety of cultures, and thus foods! My best friend is Columbian and so I would have to take him to La Maria in the North Hollywood area. I have taken him before, and he has given it the “taste like mom’s authentic home cooking” approval. I also enjoy Indian food and recommend Urban India Grill in North Hollywood. I get the paneer marsala.

If my friends are feeling spry, I’d take them on a couple different hikes. One is in the San Bernardino mountains. It’s a full day hike up stream with lots of waterholes to play in. If my friends wanted a more chill outing, I’d take them to Griffith park, maybe check out the old zoo. To give my friends a nice view of LA, I’d recommend hitting the Observatory. As I mentioned, my friends and I are nature lovers so a trip to the Huntington Library and the Arboretum are great spots to hit. My best friend has a little one (about 4) and would have a blast playing at a trampoline park or a day trip to one of the many attractions in the area if able (you have Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios, Legoland near San Diego, etc). So many options!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
They say “no man is an island” and that rings true for me. I can say that any success I have achieved has been in part thanks to the help and support of many people. My parents, including my aunt (who was like a second mother to me) gave me the space to find and follow the path that called to me. My cousin who helped me move and find housing in Los Angeles to be closer to the “action.” All my friends who support and share my art/creative expressions, some going as far as lending me their incredible talents to collaborate and bring the vision to reality. A huge special shout out to my girlfriend Ariana, for being a constant source of love and encouragement, really helping me to shed a lot of the self-doubt and self-limiting beliefs I had acquired through my developing years. Having those support systems in place allows you to push past any fears or worries that society has put on you – that you and your expression are not worthy or wanted.

I’d like to shout out everyone who supports independent artists. It’s the “arts version” of shopping small businesses instead of mega-corporations. We as a society are so quick to jump on the bandwagon of super-celebs but for whatever reason, are hesitant to show support for a friend, a friend of a friend, or family member because they haven’t reached that social milestone. So to all the people who do support the “small,” “unknowns,” creating and sharing their art (soul expression) – THANK YOU!!!

Website: High Mystery the Podcast Website – https://www.highmystery.com/

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

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tristan-ott-28a9b98/

Youtube: High Mystery TV Ep. 1 (Pilot) The Beast of Busco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSQ38O0NWFw&t=2s

Other: High Mystery TV – Series Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olv_M1MeD8o High Mystery Podcast – Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/highmystery High Mystery Podcast Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/highmystery/ High Mystery the TV Show Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/highmysterytvshow/ Tik Tok – https://www.tiktok.com/@tristanotthighmysterytv

Image Credits
viking photos- @tanairyrobles_ headshot, poster signing, and directing images – Ariana Verhauz

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