We had the good fortune of connecting with Latoya Pruitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latoya, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, risks produce all types of outcomes from good to bad, but when it comes to pursuing your life-long dreams and goals, risks are going to be what you need to take at certain times to push yourself past your comfort zones. That’s where faith kicks in. For me, taking risks have worked out good, but also not so good, but I would have never known what could or could not have been if I didn’t.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a music artist who writes and sings my own songs. I have had this talent for over 20 years and have been singing for over 26 years. What sets me apart from others is that I stay in my own lane. I never try to be like someone else. We all have a special and unique gift that the world is waiting to see. Why hide it, by being a clone. I am so proud that I’ve had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for UCLA and travel to different places, in spite of my fears, to share my life with others through music. Being in the music industry is not easy. It takes lots of hard work and dedication, even when you hear lots of no’s. I always told myself that there is someone out there who needs a “Latoya” to enhance and add to what they are already doing. The many challenges I’ve faced, (especially when trying out for singing shows) I overcame by not giving up and using that as fuel to practice more, get lessons, and positive criticism to bring out what I know was already there within me. I want people to know that through my music is how I really feel and you get the sweet, strong-minded, wise, and authentic Latoya. I may not be where someone others are, but I know God is making room and opportunities for me.
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.
If my friend happened to visit my city, I would definitely say the first spot we are going to is “The Turkey Leg Hut”. OMG!!! There food is so good. No, they don’t only sell Turkey Legs. They serve seafood, have steak nights, etc, but they are known for their amazingly, delicious, over-stuffed turkey legs that fall off the bone. Yummy in my tummy. The atmosphere is inclusive of people all over the world. Literally! And it has a chill and low key vibe with good music. I would take them kayaking on the Braes Bayou. Houston has some very nice, scenic places that you would enjoy. We would take a trip to Discovery Green, eat a lunch or dinner at The Melting Pot. The Galleria is a must. Too many stores to choose from and you might just see a celebrity… or 2…. or 3. Who knows!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really appreciate my husband, Craig, for always pushing me past my comfort level in order to make something life touching and relatable to those I inspire. I also thank my parents for always allowing me to go after my dreams, whatever they were, and to not force me to take up activities that didn’t light the flame within me.