We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Ryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I can honestly say persistence and failure have been the keys to my success. In times of challenge both in my personal life and/or my brand, I often look towards to legend of the Phoenix. The legend of this mythological bird states that it cyclically regenerates or in other terms is constantly, born again. Associated with the element of fire (the sun), a phoenix obtains new life by rising from its own ashes. This imagery has always uplifted me in times of defeat because, to me, it portrays the nature of ‘try again, all that which you go through, you grow through.’ Many times I have failed and beyond persistence I can honestly say, failure is a second cornerstone to success. This is because, without failure, there’s often no risk, and therefore you never reach new levels. You stay in the mediocrity of comfort. Although it is painful to fail or fall, I wouldn’t be where I was today without those experiences because they helped shape me into who I am through wisdom and strength.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is classified as the vintage arts. I believe what sets my art apart from others in the vintage arena is that it has the nostalgia of the past yet it’s fresh with a modern twist. It’s gives it a feeling of being set in both the future and the past. On top of that it’s ever evolving and changing like a chameleon. I’m really proud of my recent success with expansion and growth, particularly with TikTok. I actively startede using the platform in late March and have since amassed almost 100,000 followers. It’s been exciting to see my content showcased on a new format primarily because this style of content gives life to my characters. I am still far from where I envision myself to be but I can say I am proud with where I am. It was not easy, but rarely does anything something of value come overnight. However, I do believe we can make achieving our goals easier than we often make it. Yes it’s work and sometimes it’s tough to push yourself but half of manifesting your dreams comes from visualization and working on the mental aspect versus the actual action. When you align with spirit and the mind, you receive inspired action which to me feels effortless. I attribute much of my ‘aha moments’ to source energy, I’m just the channel or catalyst. I’ve learned my fair share of lessons but some of the ones that come to mind first are as follows: I’ve learned that the path isn’t always clear cut, sometimes you have to cave out your own lane. I’ve learned your connection to a higher power plays a huge role in your ability to achieve your goals and that you can’t ‘do it alone.” I’ve learned the importance of delegating and asking for help when needed. I’ve learned the harsh realities of boundaries and protection of your intellectual property as a creative. I’ve learned to never get bitter but rather better. But my favorite thing I’ve learned, or better yet re-learned is that magic is real when you believe and when you do so, miracles become normal. What I want the world to take away most from my story and brand most is that you can create anything and everything you imagine. Your dream life, it can be achieved with persistence, vision and unwavering belief. We’re all blessed with talents and gifts and I hope my renaissance-like spirit encourages you to hone in on what you have to offer and go for it. That if you are afraid, face it. If you’re rejected, keep trying or better yet, create your own yes.
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?
I’m located in Los Angeles which has no shortage of things to do: First stop would be a walk down my neighborhood to the local coffee shop, Coffee MCO. They have this amazing earl grey infused iced lattes. Next stop would likely jet over to Melrose Ave to check out the Fairfax Flea Market or Crossroads Trading Company for some shopping. From here, chances are we would go try on some wigs at a local wig shop and just play around. Later we would go shoot some pictures, find a cool location around town and create for a few hours. I would also be sure to work in a hike: maybe Griffith or The Observatory. A Malibu cruise would definitely be in order. Windows down, music blasting until we reached my favorite little secluded private beaches. Later we would wrap the visit up with either Night + Market for some late night Thai or try out a new spot along the way. For cocktails we would hit up the Tiki Bar on the top floor of Cliftons. One night we would head out to check some live music, probably at The Echoplex. A few other spots I would make sure to check out would be The Getty, Abbot Kinney and some of the rooftop bars in downtown like The Freehand Hotel.
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 my Dad. In many ways he has impacted my business and mindset. As a work-from-home insurance seller, I saw first hand what the reality could be like of “being your own boss.” This inspired me from a young age to become sufficient and independent. We share similar values in creating equity with your own business. Beyond this, he often shared self-help books with me that have really helped impacted me mentally and even spiritually, such as The Four Agreements, The Law of Attraction and How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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All photos owned by me. A few of the images were shot by Victoria Lora. The rest were photographed and edited by myself.