We had the good fortune of connecting with Rootsman Fender and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rootsman, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are necessary. It’s essential to living. Taking chances is truly what helps us to grow. It challenges us in ways that may seem difficult but it’s a part of the journey. Taking a rest also teach you about risk management. For example, once you lost more than you were willing to, you become more protective and aware of your values and your valuables. If you’re investing a whole paycheck in stocks and it goes down in value, it could teach you an essential lesson In maintaining your assets. Not just the physical, but the mental and spiritual.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, I’m very free-flowing with my music. It’s all inspired by thoughts, my life, and specific experiences. I’m always thinking of music. Melodies rush to my head like a waterfall. I don’t conform to a genre. I just love to create. I started rapping when I was in middle school. From then I learn to play instruments and sing. That got me into musical theater and acting. The acting world has provided me abundance and paid me more than any other profession I’ve had. I’ve also had a great time doing it. Being on sets with people like Spike Lee, Beyoncé, Chris rock, and so many more has served As a reminder of my own abundance and success. Getting to where I am today was really about mindfulness. Being able to admit to myself that I am a creative. I am capable of manifesting through the arts. It’s definitely been a process but I am so grateful for the journey. I would like the world to know that they can support Rootsman Fender by streaming my music online or also messaging me on Instagram for my first two albums which are not available on streaming platforms. I would also like the world to know that my music is for motivation, inspiration, and entertainment. I’m glad my abilities have been able to impact so many people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting New York, the first thing we would do is hit central park. I live so close to the park and I love walking around, foraging, and just being in nature. The next thing I would do is take my friend to my rooftop. I have a beautiful view of the city. I would make them some fresh organic juice. Probably some pineapple ginger. We tip on that while I prepare a meal which would probably consist of walnut meat, zucchini noodles, and some dehydrated curry eggplant chips. We would then walk by the river. The Hudson River has some beautiful parks. We would do some yoga and some meditation. I’d invite the rest of my tribe and probably prepare more food and drinks for a picnic. To close out the day we would go to Rapha Art life Center in Brooklyn and have a jam session.
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 love to shout out the Rapha life art center in Brooklyn New York. It is truly been a safe haven. We call it the new church. I’ve been connecting with so many different individuals in building community with this collective. We focus on artistry, the health of our community, and education. It is also nice to be able to help cultivate many of the Ideas we have such as the youth program. I’m very passionate about the youth. So I would also like to give a shout out to all of my former students who have taught me more than they’ll ever know.
Linkedin: Brian Fender