Interview with uglyasstrapper (@uglyasstrapper)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
As a child, I’ve always been into movies. Pixar, Disney, Marvel, and Sony just to name a few. My favorite being The Simpsons. I loved how the Simpsons cartoon show was colorful. It was cool seeing a cartoon family who took the viewers on a visual journey in cartoon world. The art was my favorite part. Seeing how the characters were brought to life. Art has always been the main aspect of my life. I’m a self taught artist. Starting with basic graphic designs to starting a full production creative agency specializing in all media. Based out of Chicago, we’ve touch thousands of clients over that past 10+ years. Big and small projects. Billboards to websites to business cards. We’ve done it all. Biggest clients being Universal Music Group/Def Jam/Island Records. I love creating. Being able to take thoughts and bring them to life has always been thrilling to experience..
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most exciting thing thus far is: Being invited y Universal Music Group to be head creative Director for the label. They flew me out to New York for 5 days. The first day I was met with a driver. He then took me to a 5-star hotel and I ordered everything on the menu. The next day the office called and told me to come down and meet the team. When I got there it was a full staff ready waiting with champagne. The celebrations began. I toured the office floor meeting each member. Lastly, I met with the labels owner who gave me a description of the job. We then left for dinner a another 5-star restaurant. I got a chance to meet Shaun Mendez and a few other big celebrities. We toured the entire New York and didn’t have to spend one dollar.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
As an entrepreneur, I would say always be innovative. Think outside the box, strive for greatness and be open. Don’t let the people who don’t do what you do give you advice on how to do anything involving your craft. Always believe you can! If you can envision it, you can do it.
None of us can succeed 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?
Yes, my good friend God. He’s loyal and he put me in a lot of great positions in life. Honestly without him and his advice and guidance through it all, I don’t know where I’ll be in life. He’s my mentor. He taught me everything I know and more.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Of course! I’ve done 30+ community events, givebacks, and more. I come from a humble beginning so giving back is always something I wanted and chose to do. It’s almost a thing you have to do. It’s motivation within giving back. It’s not just monetary. It could be with knowledge that’s passed on. Building a youth center in Chicago has always been a dream.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“”God bless the ones that pray”. In dark times, prayer is the thing I look forward to. Reaching out to my good friend who I previously just spoke about, God. There were times when I was in a depressed, creative block. Life hit hard and I had to figure it out. With a simple deep prayer, God gave me his advice and guided me out of my slump. Now, here I am, blessed in countless ways.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Instagram & Twitter @UglyAssTrapper
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Champagne In The Trap 2: Art Installation
It was my last event. I built a house in a warehouse. An event sponsored by Moet champagne company. This was done 2 years prior to Kanye’s “Donda” event at Soldier Field. Not sure who gave him the idea. Every guests was greeted with complimentary champagne. An attendance of 750+ arrived. It was a sold event. All curated by UglyAssTrapper.