We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Neely and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrian, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by people who do a lot with very little. I’ve seen people do that a lot in creative spaces.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a freelance creative and educator. I’m often juggling the two things. It’s still touch and go. I don’t know that I always feel successful, but I’ve been blessed to have some interesting opportunities. A lot of people have been put in my life that have offered plenty of support. What I’ve learned along the way is that every business is a people business. Learn how to talk to people and you can be successful. I want the world to know that I’m still growing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My wife and I love The Freeman; good music, food, and drinks. I love to eat so I could name restaurants for days. My wife and I have been making a concerted effort to frequent more black owned establishments. Our favorites are The Stuffed Potato Kitchen, and The Daiquiri Depot in Arlington. We’d definitely have to hit up Elaine’s in Sunny South Dallas for the best, most authentic Caribbean food in North Texas. Actually, the best music venue in Dallas, right now, is my friend Matthew Kurzman’s front yard. There was a write up about those concerts recently in the Dallas Observer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As always, my family is the reason I’m remotely successful at anything. Everything I do is for them. As far as a book, I’ve been reading The Fire Next Time and it’s like James Baldwin wrote it for this moment in history.