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

Hi Dru, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in Queens, NY but I was raised in Ft. Lauderdale FL. My upbringing has helped mold me by teaching me how to hustle. Single parent home with a strong mom shows you how to make ends meet without letting the world know you’re struggling. If I have some sort of mishap on set, I know how to get through it without a client knowing anything was wrong. I know how to be grateful for what I have and to be appreciative of anything someone can offer.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It’s hard to say what sets an artist apart from another artist without sounding cliché these days. But if I had to pick something it would have to be my personality. Most of the gigs I get hired for are because a client says they like how I am with everyone. I get a lot of repeat clients and referrals and now that I think of it, I can’t remember the last time I handed out a business card.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely have to do the World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, and Centennial Park. Then we could go to Krog Street and check out the local street art and walk the belt line. After that I would bring them to the Battery to watch a Braves game and maybe do some shopping. We would also go to Atlantic Station for food and drinks and catch a movie. I would finished at Marietta Square so we could check out cool art and fun cafes.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I had a professor in college named Stevie Aishman who is a huge reason why I am the way I am today. From how I view work to how I talk to people was partially inspired by him.

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