We had the good fortune of connecting with Lee The Myth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lee, how do you think about risk?
Sentient existence is risk personified. Life is a very fragile and fleeting experience that is constantly surrounded by danger and uncertainty no matter what one exists as. Risk is the name of the game especially when it concerns ones dreams so as an artist I have made myself very risk tolerant and welcome any opportunity to be exactly that. Investing in my manga was a risk which cost me thousands, hustling to acquire the funds was a risk that cost me peace of mind, and having to chose my dreams over other peoples wants and desires was a risk that I took knowing i would lose people along the way. However because I rolled the dice and betted on myself I am now reaping the rewards. Risk teaches you to believe in yourself and in your ideas in ways that most things can’t. Learning to calculate risk is really the only way to truly be successful because anything worth having never comes easy and it usually comes at a price.
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.
I am a multi-faceted artist who finds himself wearing different hats often. I am a musician, filmmaker, actor, and writer. In Dallas I was primarily known as a musical artist at first but this year that changed with the release of my manga. Me being multi-faceted separates the most from others and makes other artist respect the brand that is LEE THE MYTH. I’m like water, put me in a cup I become the cup, and I’m probably gonna be the best cup on the market lol. Currently what I’m most proud of and excited about is the completion and release of my manga/comic book “Meta Kaizoku” being that it’s my first official graphic novel that I have ever published. I released it digitally with Comixology and have a physical version I sell as well and seeing this project manifest has been a very magical experience. Not only have I grown as an artist and a writer because of it but I’ve connected with a new audience that I wouldn’t have being a musical artist. Working with Comixolgy has really elevated my creative career and has evolved my brand in a very polarizing way. It was an up hill battle trying to get the manga out there with Covid-19 happening, shocking celebrity deaths, and the racial unrest that plagues our society but if I’m being honest the struggle added so many other layers to the roll out that I didn’t predict. It was crazy! Our Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman’s passing gave significance to Black Superhero’s in a way never before experienced and because of that my comic book shined in way it just wouldn’t have otherwise. One the biggest take always I learned from creating and releasing Meta Kaizoku was that every struggle, every set back and every lose was for me, not against me. I became a better person, a better artist, and a better man. reaching this point in my career has doubled my confidence. Belief in one’s self is what I want the world to associate the LEE THE MYTH brand with and by living in my truth and creating genuine art I hope to inspire that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a colorful question! Living in Dallas has been one of the greatest adventures of my life! The night life is energetic and exciting weather you’re in the Shop Of Legacy, or Deep Ellum. If my best friend were to come visit me though I would for sure take him around Uptown in Dallas during the day. Get some drinks, Go to Bread Winners for brunch, etc. When the sun sets my favorite go to spot is Legacy Hall . Not only are the drinks amazing but they have live music, and a bunch of top of the line restaurant establishments. No better way to party, get faded, and get fed lol.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are few people that I believe are worthy and deserving of a shoutout. The first that comes to mind is the Illustrator of my manga series Nicoy Guevarra. She helped bring my story to life and worked along side me for the last 4 years. Without her my manga series called “Meta Kaizoku” would have never seen the light of day nor be as beautifully drawn. She is an amazing team member and has contributed her experience and creativity in inspiring ways. I’m glad and grateful to now call her my friend. Next up is my lovely friend Nadine Leyva who is an exceptional artist, filmmaker, actor, and yoga instructor who is affiliated with Trikon Productions. She is in a film I recently Directed and we have collaborated on a music video shot at the legendary Ace of Dallas club. Aside from being one of my bestfriends she has supported me in my career both financially and artistically. She’s also really beautiful, like really F@#$%*@ hot. Last but not least I want to shoutout my brother Jordan Fountain and his production company I’m affiliated with called SWIS Productions. A filmmaker, cinematographer, actor, and creative he has helped me with almost all of my live action visual pieces for “Meta Kaizoku” and helped me shot a short film over the summer with and amazing crew. He is incredibly gifted and I’m so proud and honored to be apart of his journey and help him build upon the foundation we have both established in our careers. I would love for Trikon and SWIS to team up one day on something, fingers crossed.