We had the good fortune of connecting with Venk Modur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Venk, why did you pursue a creative career?
There is no choice when pursuing a career in an artistic field. Some people work to live or live to work, but a career as a creative goes beyond a need to pay the bills, it’s a need to feed the soul. At the risk of failure, which I’ve had many, I would not want to work in any other field than that of art, and specifically, fashion. I moved to Los Angeles over a decade ago, and in the last few years really found my footing, but it was worth it.
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.
I’m a wardrobe stylist, costume designer, and creative fashion director. I see myself as an artist, but my tools are clothing and the client is my canvas. It took a long time to get here and I am not afraid to admit that I started this career, the one meant for me, later in life. I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 with dreams of acting and struggled to find my way. However, along this bumpy journey, I met dear friends who somehow saw what I needed to be doing before I did. I really lucked out with the my tribe. Personal drive is at the top of the list, but support, especially when you’re uncertain about the choices you’re making, can lift you out of the fog and give you much needed clarity. I want people to know that there is absolutely no shame in driving towards your truth later in life. After all, when you’ve lived a life, and trust me, I have, you have much more knowledge and much more to give.
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?
If my best friend came to visit we would drive north on the PCH blasting 90’s R&B & hip hop. We would continue that drive, grab some food and beverage to go at Erewhon, and drive some more, and that’s on a pandemic vacation. Now, if my friend came to visit post virus, I would start at Grand Central Market in DTLA, grab a variety of food, I am a foodie, then head to The Broad. That has to be my favorite museum in my city. Post art, one must do a little vintage shopping. As this is my passion, I have a fabulous thrift store list that starts on Melrose and ends in Sherman Oaks. As we near the end of our day, we do more food. LA is lucky to have the largest Korean population in the US, so we have some fab Korean spots to hit up. I suggest Eight Korean BBQ. Their specialty is eight marinades for delicious strips of pork belly. To end the night, we heard to MAX Karaoke, maybe on the westside to mix things up, and we sing until the wee hours of the morning.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
At the beginning, it was my friends working behind, and in front of the camera that helped me jumpstart my career in styling. Specifically, Golden Globe winning director, Nisha Ganatra (Late Night & The High Note), who initially gave me that much needed push. From there, it was friends like Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish), Nik Dodani (Atypical), actor, actor/writer/producer, Fawzia Mirza, journalist, Rasha Goel, singer/songwriter, Nisha, and manager/producer, Matthew Lesher, who made the introduction to legendary actor, Brian Cox (Succession).