We had the good fortune of connecting with Omar Ochoa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Omar, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
owing a business rather than working for someone else runs in my family, I think growing up in a different country surrounded by family members who were all self starters was a key factor for me to start my own business as soon as I could. I knew I wanted to do creative work which I was passionate about, creating my own platform was also part of my thought process, in which i wanted to incorporate and merge different skills sets. There wasn’t any other way to have the freedom to do what i really wanted to do than by starting my own thing.

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 a reflection of myself, I create work that truly represents me, my interest, things in my life, anything that builds my life experience. I really try to put the time and the effort it requires to learn any new skill that apply to my brand or how I interact with materials, hands on experimentation with personal touch. I think my ability to adapt to different mediums is what sets me apart from others, having the ability to visualize and the proper credentials to back me up. Whether taken the time to learn and experiment on my own or gone through school. both have shape the way in which I create professional work. Currently finishing a long term project a body of work of artwork, the rebranding on my brand and new line of products to be release sometime next year is what I really excited about, because of all the work and time I have put into it. Putting the dedicated time and energy into what I like doing that is how I got to where I am, building something from nothing is not easy, it requires countless hours of failure that people don’t get to see. The only way to overcome a failure is to try again, just like in skating you fall then you get up and try again, there is no other easy way as well as fully committing to it. Many lessons along the way, first one is to focus on yourself, when you do that you have no outside competition but to competing against yourself which makes you better at what ever you do. Visualize it and just do it, is the second lesson I learned, the only person stopping you is yourself, sometimes it just takes the act of doing to get a step closer to where you want to be. I want people to know that I have years of experimentation behind my brand, thousands of hours on research done on different projects, spent both time and money on supplies to develop all the skills necessary to build this from scratch, because I believe that is my best way to build a meaningful and unique brand that isn’t just a hobby but an ongoing piece art.

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 would show them some of the older dive bars, places that have been around for a while. such as Lola’s for really cheap drink, because the range of people who attend these places are extremely unique individuals who dabble around working at other bars so conversation is quite interesting. would visit more recent underground places like Satellite bar on the east side, for good range of creative people who come here and are a tight community of musicians and artist. and I would take them to places like Rudyard’s for some good affordable burgers, or Simply Pho for yummy Vietnamese food. I think it it were a long week, we would ride around on bikes as far and as long as we could on all the new bike trails, check out some of the new parks that just opened this year, and jump in an out of new inviting businesses, and check out some of the established art scene as well as looking for some underground art happenings. I would definitely take them to see all the shut down places that at some point were the pinnacle for underground dive scene and talk about some stories and people that used to go there. Places like Panderosa or the Doctor’s office. I think I would show them both the new business but also a little more underground places because it would be a wider range of people, since Houston is so diverse I believe that would be a more real experience of the city.

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 of all my family, My Mom who has encourage me to do what ever I want to do as well as giving me all her support and unconditional love along the way, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it was not for her. My brother and sister both have encourage me to strive for more as well. Everyone in my family has been extremely supportive, which in one way or another have help me get to where I am today. also would like to thank all my good friends who are all the best at what every they do and they have inspired me and also have in one way or another push me to do things.

Website: https://www.awre.store/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awreart
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesus-o-ochoa-819748105/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AWREDESIGN
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beAWRE
Other: https://omarochoadesign.awre.space https://www.instagram.com/thirtydazze

Image Credits
I have the right to most images

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