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

Hi Alex J., we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned so far is to start, simply start. Most people fail twice by over thinking then being so overwhelmed they miss out on an opportunity to inspire, uplift and motivate someone in their community. The concept of being perfect can lead to procrastination. So start where you are because baby steps are better than no steps.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a spoken word artist and my journey through writing began when I was nine or ten. I view my poetry as documented expressions of where I am currently in life. When I’m connecting with an audience or consumer, I’m telling a story about my flaws and how I’m growing in certain areas. My most proud moments weren’t captured on camera and I think that’s what made me love it even more. When I worked for juvenile probation the youth gravitated towards me because they wanted to rap and learn more about “digging deeper” within themselves. My message to them was “there’s so much strength in being vulnerable”. It’s not an easy road and that’s my favorite part about entrepenuership or trying to figure out life. You can master a position at a job but you learn something new everyday in life. “I Rose Again” is my brand, fall seven times and get up eight. You can trip, you can fall but as long as you don’t stay down.

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?
Breakfast club, Turkey leg hut, Thirteen restaurant, Eddie V’s and Loch Bar to name a few spots to eat. I would bar hop in midtown or Washington Ave. I love the Woodlands night scent too. Top golf, Main Event, Texas Axe Throwing for physical activities although I wouldn’t suggest drinking and throwing an axe.

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?
“This Is My Brave”

Organization highlighting mental health and addictions out of the shadows and into the light.

Website: www.iroseagain.com

Instagram: iroseagain

Twitter: iroseagain

Facebook: Alex Jay Hurtado

Youtube: iRoseAgainTV

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