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

Hi Rashad, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
All of my life I’ve been artistic. I have been drawing since i could write. I just always had a natural affinity to the art. It just moves my soul it’s just something I’ve loved since i was able to pick up a pencil or pen. So i said why not go ahead and start a business in the arts since it is a passion of mines.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art i believe comes from something inside of me that needed custructive use instead of negative use. Like I’m someone i feel that has a story to tell so i tell it through my artwork and my music. I enjoy drawing faces the most and just seeing those i draw love my works really inspires me to keep it going. Those who send me messages about my music letting me know that they are really listening brings me joy. It has not been an easy road however that is why i believe it feels so great to continue because quitting now would mean all that I’ve been through was for nothing. I’ve learned that you must push forward even if that means losing friends, loved ones and even lovers because something is always better just around the corner you just have to keep walking. I also believe those who truely love you will walk with you anyways. So i think my biggest lesson is learning just to let go and just let things happen because everything happens for a reason. Don’t dwell. You know?

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 i have spent most of my life living in mesquite Texas. My favorite spots are the restaurants. We would definitely go to olive garden, joes crab shack, red lobster, razoos or texas roadhouse. Then go watch a film at the Amc30. Hang out at the parks in those areas. Go to celebration station and get on the go carts.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well I definitely am inspired by musical artist of today that i grew up listening to. kanye west is one of my biggest inspirations since here at art world productions we are also involved in the musical arts. As far as my personal circle here lately I’ve been my own support and my own encouragement due to the fact most people will not believe in you. When i told most people i started a business i was not supported. I was told that it did not matter and what was the point of having one or just was flat out ignored. So i had to keep pushing and just keep believing and working and just to know that it will all workout for the best in the end.

Website: Artworldproductions.com

Instagram: Art_world_productions

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/rashad-a32b9967

Twitter: @poetsliveon

Facebook: Kordell Rashad

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-j2OQj5mgdPUKxTBnpeHJw

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