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

Hi Shawn, how do you think about risk?
I think Risk taking is Essential. I’ve learned to always invest in myself and always bet on myself. If I’m offered a project with a “work for hire” offer, I usually turn it down. I am more interested in projects where I can be invested as a part of the team and share in the profits of the project. For me, that’s been a HUGE change and has changed my financial life. This way, I care more about the project, I feel more valued as a team member, and I give it my all. And in the end, it usually pays off a lot more than a work for hire rate while allowing me to shine and grow my business.

 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career has been the hardest endeavor I’ve taken on in life. I have struggled for decades. When I finally learned my own value as an artist and creative thinker, that when i was able to find more joy and success with my business. The lesson I’ve learned is that I am a truly unique talent and when I’m involved in a project, I know I will make it shine. I will always invest in myself.

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.
I’d have to take my friend to Krogg Street Market for some GC BBQ and a beer. After that, a few cocktails on the Ponce Market roof. For breakfast the next day, BBs Bagels in Cumming is a must. And while there, a little retort at the Woodhouse Day Spa where Stephanie gives the most amazing face treatments! Maybe dinner and drinks at Rumis Kitchen (avalon), Sitting outside.

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?
Killer Mike has taught me more than I can even explain, and now that we are working together, I know him to be an exemplary human being as well as an elite creative person.

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