We had the good fortune of connecting with Ian Crear and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ian, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Besides my creative endeavors, I still balance a full time job and am getting my MBA. Originally, I wanted to make my music and photography my bread and butter, but nothings wrong with having multiple streams of income in this society right?Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is constantly evolving over time. I started with music and evolved into DJing by learning how to screw and chop my music, true to my Texas roots. Lol from there I evolved into a more open format sound and my love for music made me want to dig deeper and find connections between different genres. DJ Krooks has been a big component in my development as a DJ and I co-host the southern vibez podcast with him. Being the tech geek I am, I ended up picking up the camera and learning the ins and outs of a visual artistry. I have some big things coming up, but I would say the main challenges have been staying on the edge of creativity to stay fresh.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.
First off I would have to hit up top sushi on westheimer. You can’t beat the happy hour! Trez wine bar has a great atmosphere, if you’re down for a chill night. A trip to Houston is not complete without going to the breakfast club and getting tacos from La Calle tacos downtown.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would say my close friend Jordan is a big inspiration in my creative journey. We always bounce ideas off of each other and try and challenge ourselves to become better with each new project. I think you need successful people around you to be inspired constantly. At whatever stage in our careers, we could always use mentors, because there’s always someone that’s where we’re trying to go and can make that journey a little clearer than originally thought.
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