Updated December 2015 --
Needless to say, this year has been the heaviest of my life. The last 6 months were a complete blur. I was so uninspired, discouraged and lost that building back up to my previous momentum felt impossible. I didn't know where to go or where to even start.
So I've been super under the radar. Feels like yet another strange transitional phase in my life. Posting less writing and more photography. Being less blogger and more artist. Creating less to share with others and more to understand myself. My blogger persona (HasWestCoastSoul) was hyperaware of connecting with others while my artist persona (Has Alexandra) is amidst the process of self-discovery.
I've been so detached, especially from social media and the cyber-world, that I had forgotten that people could still see me and my work. With that said, it was so nice to hear from Kaylon of 24 Karat Posse who conducted this mini-interview/artist feature of me for his website. I had forgotten how nice it felt to hear kind words from a complete stranger who felt something in your work that resonated with them. It all reminded me of the old, blogger-me: optimistic, wide-eyed and inspired. I hope that Kaylon holds on to that energy. He is creative and hard-working, headed towards a bright future. Cheers to the inspired.
Here's 24 sentences with me:
What's up, I go by HAS (PRONOUNCED HAWWSS NOT HAZ).
I'm from ARMENIA BUT I'VE LIVED IN LA FOR ALMOST MY ENTIRE LIFE.
I love when I'M AROUND AMBITIOUS AND CREATIVE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS.
I hate when I'M AROUND UNAMBITIOUS PEOPLE WHO SPEAK NEGATIVELY ABOUT OTHERS AND DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS.
If you know me, you know that I AM STUBBORN AND IMPULSIVE BUT, I HAVE A HUGE HEART.
My art is influenced most by EXPERIENCES, PEOPLE, AND IDEAS.
I would never SETTLE FOR DOING SOMETHING OR BEING WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T EXCITE ME.
When I walk in a room, the perfect song to play is CALIFORNIA LOVE BY TUPAC.
The hardest part about my career is ACCEPTING THAT I'M NOT ON THE TYPICAL, "GRADUATE - GET YOUR DEGREE - GET A GOOD JOB - RETIRE" ROUTE AND THAT IT'S OKAY.
I wear BLACK 90% OF THE TIME.
My favorite spot to eat in my hometown is CORNER COTTAGE (BEST BREAKFAST BURRITOS BEFORE 11 A.M.)
My favorite place in the world is THE BEACH
Success is WAKING UP IN A COMFORTABLE BED WITH A NICE VIEW, SPENDING THE DAY GETTING PAID TO DO WHAT I LOVE, COMING HOME TO PEOPLE I LOVE.
POSITIVE ENERGY makes the world go 'round.
In high school, I GOT A C IN PHOTOGRAPHY.
I am in my zone when I HAVE FULL CREATIVE CONTROL.
My first car was a VW.
Rule #1 is ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, THERE'S NO OTHER WAY.
If I could describe myself in 3 words, they would be: CREATIVE, BRAVE, KIND
This year I learned ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, ALWAYS TELL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE HOW YOU FEEL BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
5 years from now I see myself ENJOYING WHAT I'VE BUILT.
I am motivated by MY DAD WATCHING OVER ME.
24 Karat Posse is INSPIRED.
Creativity, to me, is FREEDOM.