We had the good fortune of connecting with Lawrence D. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lawrence, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued being an artist because I wanted to create something that was bigger than me. I realized from a young age that my gifts were not used for me only. It caught on that it brought other people happiness as well. I love the fact that when I leave this earth, I left behind something that people can be inspired by. I want the world to hear my story ,and the story of others. To show just how beautiful and raw life is and how everything moves in this balance. The fact the I can give something to help inspire somebody brings me true happiness. Thats why I sacrifice so much. Thats why I became an artist.
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’ve learned many lessons through out my journey and what I’ve figured out so far is that its ok to try new things. To let yourself fall and fail. Sometimes failing is your biggest reward. It allows you to grow stronger, act braver and be better. Im now not afraid to fail because the only competition that I have is with myself. Im not worried about what the other person is doing or sounding. It took me a while to find that confidence and it wasn’t easy, but when I did it was impossible to take it away from me. I really had to embrace and grow all that I and keep an open mind of who I will be.
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 the first place I can think of for some chow time is this Jamaican spot called Mangos. I love there Oxtails and cabbage its amazing. The second place I would take my best-friend to is “Not My First Rodeo” curated and hosted by Kiya Lacey. Its an amazing time with artist like myself, good drinks, good performances, good everything. I will always recommend “Not My First Rodeo”. To tell you the truth I go to a lot of artist party’s and shows. My friend would probably get tired of me and would want to do tourist stuff. Other than than that Im usually at the house being a couch potato scanning through netflix so maybe Im not the one to be responsible for the itinerary.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to anybody who is chasing a dream. Sacrificing all of the time and money to do what they love and also live this crazy thing we call life. We literally face rejection everyday and I know sometimes we feel like giving up. However, we must continue to do what we love and inspire others to do the same.
Sean Burns II Diaja