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

Hi Penn, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think as an artist the question on whether you should quit or keep going pops up into your head much more than you would like. Personally, it happens to me quite a bit. I believe that it is important to first and foremost know your why. If you know that, then you have found a sense of purpose. Having a purpose provides you with the ability to pick and choose when its necessary to quit. I only want to quit at the things don’t align with my purpose or my why. That’s a newfound skill for me that came with me unlearning the “valuable” lessons that I was raised on. I believe as a child I was taught out of a method of survival, but that’s just it. Survival is tough and only the strong survive. When you are trying to survive, not “quitting” is pertinent for you to keep going. As I grew up I unlearned the art of survival, now I’m learning how to flourish. People who are flourishing have the luxury of quitting, so I quit at the things that don’t allow me to flourish. That means “friendships’ that are not really friendships, excessive spending under the disguise of “living my best life”, I even left my career as a teacher. Don’t get me wrong, I loved teaching, I LOVED the kids, but I felt like a hypocrite in the classroom. Everyday I preached from my soapbox about how kids can do anything that they want to do if they put their mind to it. One day one of my students asked me why am I not full out chasing my musical aspirations. In short they were right. My goal was not to be a teacher, it was something that I did because I was told that I would always be good at it and it would be an honorable career choice. So I reflected on it, and then I quit. Now I’m out here chasing my goal and living in my purpose. And I’ll continue to be a quitter towards anything that is not going to help me accomplish my goals and life aspirations.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Quitting my career was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I cried, I prayed, and felt like my life was falling apart. I even thought I was doing the wrong thing. Two years later I can say that I definitely did what I was supposed to do. Unfortunately, there was no easy way to overcome the challenges. I planned and planned and hopped into everything headfirst. I’ve learned to always go with my gut, but make sure that I take the time to move strategically. I’ve also learned that I’m my biggest critic so a lot of the times how I feel is not always the reality of the world. If there was one thing I would want anybody to know about me is that I’m someone who stepped out completely on faith, and I’m no superhero. I’m just a guy with a vision trying to give it his all.

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?
My favorite spots in Little Rock are the Big Dam Bridge, Pinnacle Mountain, the bars around the city, and just in general the beautiful nature around the state, Anyone who comes here has to make sure they float in one of the numerous lakes, it’s a slower pace of life but it is truly relaxing.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t do anything without the help of my amazing team, most namely my friend TwoTxne and my engineer Yktherealest.

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