We had the good fortune of connecting with Larmarrous Shirley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Larmarrous, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Never be complacent. There is always room to grow, and expand your skillset.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I am a Creative Director, Graphic Designer, and Co-Publish a magazine. I believe what sets me apart from many folks is actual work experience in my field. I was fortunate to start working in my field over 25 year ago. Back then all of the software and approach to design, photography and layout was different. The process took much longer than it does today. I had an internship in the early 90s, which helped me build my portfolio. That portfolio helped me land a job at a national magazine in the mid-90s, while I was still freelancing for various ad agencies and building my client roster. The lessons I have learned along the way is treat everyone with the same respect you want for yourself. I would like the world to know that I live to create and enjoy helping others build their brand. I believe we all have a message we want to convey, but not all of of us are given the opportunity to have folk see or hear it. I plan to continue pushing my work and message.
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.
Well, pre-pandemic….I enjoy Dancing Goats in Midtown. The coffee is great and the folks who work there are cool. Then I would check out Le Petit Marche, Atlanta (Kirkwood area) for some brunch, or Folk Art Restaurant. They have a nice selection and have never let me down. Would go check out WERD Studios/Madame Walker Museum, on Hilliard Street in the Auburn Avenue district. Tons of great history there and the owner/curator Ricci has a wealth of knowledge. Also, while in that area, I would suggest checking out MLK site, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the many murals. From there I would take them to Little Five Points and hit up Moods Music/Soul Village Atlanta. For the night life, I would check out Venkman’s, The Sound Table, Bocado, or The Music Room. All those places have great energy.
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?
First off, GOD! I have to thank GOD for every blessing that I have been given. As far as people, well I have many folks that have been supportive but the main person has been my wife Bonnie. She is very supportive of my endeavors. Also, my fraternity brothers, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. I gotta give thanks to all my repeat clients that have trusted me to help grow their brand. I also have several good friends, former classmates from Kentucky State University and a supportive family. Last but not least, my business partner, and best friend Carlton, we co-publish Slo*Mo Magazine.
Larmarrous Shirley headshot: Photo by Bonnie Shirley Cover Design for Marcus Machado by Larmarrous Shirley Cover of Slo Mo Magazine, photo by Brenda Nicole Moorer, design by Larmarrous Shirley Cover Design for Jagged Edge by Larmarrous Shirley