We had the good fortune of connecting with Xela Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xela, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’m pursuing this career because it’s what I was put here to do. I believe that with every fiber of my being. I didn’t one day decide “oh music looks cool, I should do that!”; It’s been part of the way I’ve conducted my life since I was a child and how I will until I’m too old to care anymore.. if that day ever comes.
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 do think about what sets me apart often, but without attempting to be different. I’ve found the only thing that works is looking at myself as if I’m one of seven billion people. It keeps the ego out of my art, and therefore results in creating something truly great or unique. I will say that I’m excited about seeing the growth of who I am and what I will create and how it will change. But I’m MOST excited about the people. I love people and I love performing above all.
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.
Los Angeles.. hands down. I’d love to show my best friend downtown LA with the tall buildings and lights and the occasional movie sets throughout the streets. I’d also bring her to Melrose for some shopping since they have some of the most interesting stores. (My personal favorite is Le Jolie). I always love to take people to Beverly Hills for a rooftop lunch and wine.. talk about atmosphere. And as far as evening goes, a nice walk down Venice Beach or Santa Monica Pier. Most likely would stop off for more wine at The Misfit in Santa Monica to end a proper night!
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?
Well of course, there is the obvious- My friends and family. The support they’ve given me from the very beginning is something I’ll never be capable of taking for granted. But the biggest influence to my personal being that is neither friend or family is David Bowie. In some other world I owe my life to him; and plenty of other “idols” that pointed me into my own direction. Fortunately for me, these people will continue to influence me into becoming the person I was always meant to be.