Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was 5 years old my mother took me to interview for kindergarten. They asked me to draw a man and I was and still am a huge Yankees fan so I said “I’m gonna draw Derek Jeter” to which the admissions representative told me to draw a man and I replied, “I’ll draw a man in a Yankees uniform”. I like to think of this as my first experience in art. Fast forward to now being 30, I’ve released 5 books with Rizzoli and recently hosted my first art show titled “Revenge”.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Through 6 degrees of separation, I came to work with Kanye West at “Donda”. I was working in the design department as a junior designer. This even single handily raised my playing field and showed me that I can actually make it as an artist.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The goal is to treat every day as if it’s your first on the job. Don’t get stressed out over things that are out of your control. Everything is contemporary and is as artists can create the world in which we deserve and have visualized in our minds.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
2 people come to mind. Phil Saglimbeni and Ye (Kanye) Phil showed the overall principal of photography to me and opened my eyes to Instagram. Prior to meeting Phil, I was off of all social media for at least 10 years. Ye showed me that you can create a world in your mind and that thought is limitless.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I donate a bunch of my time, I also have written 5 books revolving around my depression and the tricks I use to overcome that. If I can positively impact at least one kid and show them that life is worth living and that is a win for the world not only myself.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“If you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes”. If you have issues with someone and you take your energy to waste it on speaking back you’ll end up stagnant, no one is worth losing sight of yourself. Not Gabi, Not Rex, Not Liz… nobody is worth my sanctity.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
The readers can follow me on Instagram “@rob.l4”.