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

Hi vincethealien, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As an artist, I have found myself at times afraid to wrestle with those feelings and inner voices that say give up. This journey is not easy; it can feel long and, at times, come with a lot of output with little reward and more no than yes. I’ve had many moments so far where I have felt like letting go and giving up on this dream I’ve had since I was that little kid in my room, closing my eyes and imagining being the superstar I knew I had the potential to become. As an adult, I’ve had to face the reality that those childhood dreams haven’t turned out to look exactly like they did when I was a little alien and that hasn’t always been easy to accept, yet remembering the excitement that still lives and breathes in me whenever I create a new song or body of work is the reminder that I can keep going. In addition, recognizing when it’s time to create and when it’s time to step back and allow myself the time to recharge has been key in me not giving up on myself as well.

As I stated, the journey is not easy, yet fully giving up on myself is not the answer; instead I’ve had to learn to be open to adjusting my perspective, remembering & honoring my talent, and granting myself some grace when those feelings of giving up are louder than the ones they say, “You got this! Keep your head up and keep going.” It’s a constant balance, yet I’m finding my healing along the way & that’s a huge success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
vincethealien is an intergalactic, brown skinned, harmony obsessed singer and songwriter who’s goal is to connect with others through stories that explore self reflection, love, lust, and finding one’s purpose. Growing up, I didn’t quite feel like I fit in – being queer, Christian and loving bands like Nine Inch Nails and Incubus, I felt like I was very misunderstood while also not really understanding myself. Though I had some difficult emotions to wrestle with growing up, my desire to heal from feeling ostracized while exploring my experiences and feelings tied to love, lust, and purpose through my music have stayed a constant. Getting to where I am now as an artist has taken a lot of openness, honestly, facing my fears, and moving out of my own way when it comes to fear and disregard of who I desire to be.

In 2020, I self released my debut EP, “Combustion”, which was a fulfilling beginning to my musical journey of self love and healing. I wanted to allow myself to be open, free, fun, sensual, sad, happy, and, most of all, honest. Writing the six songs featured on the EP was cathartic and difficult because it was me looking at me; in all of my confusion around intimacy, how I have hurt others, and how I have been hurt too. I really wanted to hold a mirror up to me and deal with me, and I’m so grateful that I did because it opened up a part of me that really felt pride – pride for pushing myself and for my creativity. It also created an opportunity to connect with others who understood the journey, which makes me emotional speaking about because besides my desire to heal, I also desire to connect with others along the way; I’m so grateful for the #AlienGang.

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?
First off, I love LA. I was born and raised here and it’s such an amazing city; don’t let the transplants & traffic fool you [ha]. If I had a close friend visiting, I’d plan the day to look like this –

Plant shopping at either Jay’s Plants in DTLA or the Martinez Nursery in Buena Park. Why plants you might ask? Why not is the really the question. I admittedly am currently a plant daddy to 150 house plants.

Head over to Stumptown or Maru Coffee in DTLA, followed by breakfast at Zinc Cafe off of Mateo & Palmetto – I’d get a Burrito Bowl with extra guac and probably another coffee.

Go for a walk through the Arts District and look at art books in Hennessey + Ingalls and then head over to Mama’s Shelter in Hollywood for a chill day on the rooftop, sipping some fresh sangria and spending some time together.

Lastly, I’d get out of Hollywood before it gets too crazy [ha] and then head back to my place, order some post mates, grab two blankets and have a picnic in my front yard while we just chill and keep spending some quality time together.

That’s what I envision as a perfect day in LA with my best friend.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Along my journey so far, there have been so many individuals who have poured encouragement and life into who I am. Honestly, I am grateful for so many people, yet I’d like to point out five people in particular – my producer and friend, others9000, my best friend and partner, Andrew, my BTGU Crew, Casey Gee & Hayashi, and, lastly, the whole #AlienGang of friends I’ve met through instagram. These individuals have challenged me, humbled me, looked out for me, pushed me and are always there to give an encouraging word when things are tough or when I feel like giving up. Having people in your life that support you is so important along the journey; people you can trust and who you know have your back on days when you may not feel like you’re living up to your fullest potential and when you are shining is crucial and I’m grateful to have these people in my life and to be able to give that same love and care back to them.

Website: www.vincethealien.space

Instagram: www.instagram.com/vincethealien

Twitter: www.twitter.com/vincethealien

Other: Podcast: www.thisisbtgu.com Poetry Book: https://www.amazon.com/capable-love-Vincent-Coleman/dp/1977067301/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=%28in%29capable+of+love+vincent+coleman&qid=1620315030&sr=8-1

Image Credits
Pink Shot – benjaminnshoots Cowboy Hat Shot – selfie

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