We had the good fortune of connecting with David Landry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Always keep going. I do not believe in giving up. I do believe that some things are for seasons, though. So, ridding yourself of things that do not make you happy to make space for new things is merely an opportunity to go harder somewhere else. Everything you take a stab at in life is a stepping stone to get you to your purpose. But don’t give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most excited about the rest of this year but I am focused on 2022, really. I feel as though I am finally at a point in life where I have clarity about myself as a person and creative. I know exactly what I want to do and how. And that is doing whatever I want to do and however I want to. I believe what sets me a part from others is that I really don’t define as a certain type of artist and I am proud of that. I can paint, do ceramics, build furniture, and design your set. My only job this year is to be consistent at doing all those things that are my makeup so that people understand and know that when they see DAVIDLVNDRY they may not know what to expect but they know it will be something dope. I spent years working on projects behind the scene including vigorously working on myself mentally and spiritually. God is where my confidence stems from. He blessed me with these talents and opportunities so I would be doing a disservice to him by being lame, not having fun in life, and not just creating until he tells me to stop. The one thing I want people to know is that I ALMOST slept on myself. But, God dug me out of depression, anxiety, and addiction and gave me a new set of wings and he can do the same for you if you don’t give up on yourself and just believe.
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.
Whew well this was hard to answer because of covid. Thank God this doesn’t happen to me often. But, for drinks we would definitely hit Montrose to have a fun in a hole in the wall like Lola’s after having some craft gin and tonics at Boheme and lunch at MAX’s. Another day would be dedicated to going to Glorias. After those margaritas at “Glo’s” anything goes. You could end up dancing all night at Barbarella or you could be at Bar 2200 smoking hookah. There is always Sixes and Sevens, Prospect and Poison Girl. Then maybe Mercantile Montrose or Inversion for some coffee and work. But more than likely, we would spend a lot of time at the crib working, vibing, and eating takeout.
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 like to dedicate my shoutout to God, Lighthouse Houston Church, and Transformation Church. I know that I personally need clarity and a strong relationship with God in order to create to the best of my abilities and foster meaningful relationships that support my growth as an artist and entrepreneur.
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