We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Mobley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Everyone wants to have the freedom to do what they love for the rest of their lives without a financial carrot being hung over their head. Starting a business can provide this. The simple answer regarding why I started my own business is to pursue personal goals while having the financial freedom to do so. The complex answer elaborates on what those goals are, and it is a goal of mine to have a community and/or societal impact through storytelling. I’d like to create and share stories in a way that is beneficial to my local community and society as a whole, spreading messages that I feel need to be heard.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Working as an artist is never easy. To this day finding steady work can be just as hard as it was when I first began. The key to overcoming those dry spells is to stay consistent. Even when you send out email after email and no one returns your message, keep pushing. You’ll eventually get that response. It only takes one to get you started on a fast track. The biggest lesson I’ve learned regarding my art is that first and foremost do what you do for yourself. If you aren’t happy doing it, then why do it? Secondly, have something to say. It isn’t required for every artist to have a voice, so to speak. But I personally think it is a waste of talent and reach to not express yourself through your work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
An ideal week for me would include plenty of coffee shops (West Oak Coffee Bar), an evening or two at Harvest House on Hickory, and a sunset hangout over at Clear Creek. This is all in Denton, TX by the way. It would also be a blast to take a Jeep and just road trip for a week. We’d jam out to City and Colour while we explore the outdoors.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My faith is important to me. I’ve had struggles with falling in and out of it here and there, but ultimately it’s what keeps me grounded. It’s not really everyone’s thing, and it’s easy to dismiss religion as a fairy tale. But for some people it isn’t necessarily about what is historically accurate and what is right or wrong. It’s about having that constant in your life to keep you accountable–something for you to always look forward to, even when everything else seems grim. Oh, and my parents. I’d like to dedicate this to my parents.