We had the good fortune of connecting with David “OD” Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David “OD”, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think with risk, comes reward. Everyones journey is different so people have to risk different things. Granted that risking doesn’t always mean rewards or success but thats what you have to do, If it was easy everyone would be doing it. I began the journey to create a media network with ZERO experience in the field. I had never done photography or videography. I’ve never done interviews or been on camera so it was a MAJOR learning curve. I have a family with 2 kids (one at the time of starting) but you can imagine what it was like having to explain to my family that I don’t want to work in the refineries of Baytown anymore and this was what I wanted to do. Risk is all I had to fall on, I dived head first into learning everything I could and investing in the equipment needed. I met some two great people, Qvest and Rob that have helped so much with everything from shoots to really being teachers in the journey to learn videography. With diving in it obviously had some negative effects but again that comes with risk, I’ve lost jobs and really struggled to make this work. Its still a struggle but I’ve found a passion and whether it’s trying to find a new job because I need to pay bills or learning that sometimes I might not get to spend as much time as I’d like to with my family. Everything takes a little bit of risk eventually, but a little risk can take you a long way.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Well in no way am I where I want to be, this is just the beginning but still the journey hasn’t been an easy one. I learned early that you can’t trust everyone, even people you believed were friends for the past almost ten years they’ll switch on you quick. When all this was an idea I had some “friends” that had a clothing brand that Slumpedsessions was supposed to be a branch off that. We were supposed to attack the scene on both ends, Clothing and Media for artists. They were with me through all the planning and launch but as soon as the light wasn’t solely on them they switched and wanted nothing to do with me. They tried to tear me down and tried to get me to change the name, they said we were never friends and said I would always be a “nobody”. Needless to say I kept on working and didn’t let it affect me, I’ve done everything they said I could never do I realized than that even the people you think are closest to you can still be some of the fakest people you ever meet. I still have a lot of growing to do but I’m most proud of different artists and creators I get to meet, I enjoy being apart of these artists journeys however small it may be. I guess what sets me apart is that my platform is built on Local artist For local artist, we help shed a light on a lot of underground artists. We don’t post memes and we don’t post about trending or top main stream artists (unless they are Houston based), we post about local artists and issues and we provide a space for anyone looking to see who’s buzzing in the city to see. And of course 95% of what we post is either created by us or we had some part In creating it.
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 of course first is staying Covid friendly but if Covid wasn’t around definitely any show throughout the week or weekend is where we would be. Than we can spend all week going to check out the great local vintage clothing stores, sneaker shops and checking out “The Closet” right above the Johnny Dang store. If were eating we gotta stop by Gordo Niños and were going to one of the amazing local breweries we have in town or going for some Chinese food in Chinatown
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?
First my family with out them and the constant support this would never be possible. Than of course Quest and Rob for helping me so much and believing in what I’m doing, but really in general being good friends when I really needed one. And I always give credit where credit is due, even if the person is no longer in the picture I have to thank Christian Lace, he helped me get into my first office and kept me from having to do interviews in my apartment living room anymore. He was one of the first people to tell me I’m building something great and that I really need to pursue this. And lastly I want to shoutout everyone who supports me, yal are the real reason we keep gaining traction.