We had the good fortune of connecting with Andy Humphries and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I feel that working a 9-5 for the rest of my life just isn’t for me. I’ve always been more of an artistic person so it was an easy choice to decide to start my own business and work for myself. I also do modeling and acting as well so I feel that I’m very passionate about the entertainment industry as well as being a creative person.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My clothing line is different from other companies because it has a clear message behind it. “You are wonderfully made.” This message shows our buyers and followers that they have a purpose. They are loved and their life has meaning. I really wanted to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community and connect with other gay people that have been through the same hardships as me. I want my brand to send a message to those who are homophobic that we are proud to be who we are and we are not going to change who we love to make anyone else happy. We will love who we love without apologies. I want the world to know that Andyland the Brand is a safe space for people of all races, sexual preferences, gender preferences, religions, and political views.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is such a beautiful city! I would take any visitors to Coronado Island to start and show them the beautiful Hotel Del. Then I would take them to Little Italy where we would grab a bite to eat and an espresso. After that, I would take them to Hillcrest and show them how the gays like to have fun! Take them to all of the fun shops there and where we like to party! Lastly, I would take them to Torrey Pines to watch the sun set over the ocean.
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?
I would love to shoutout Sydney Prather for inspiring me to venture out on my own and be more creative with my life. Sydney has shown me that you don’t have to work the 9-5 to be successful. You can be successful doing what you love and what you’re passionate about. I would also like to shoutout Alyson Brown. She is my cousin that lives in New York City and she started her own clothing company years ago and has built it into an empire to be proud of.
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