We had the good fortune of connecting with Reuben Lael and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reuben, how do you think about risk?
Each risk you take naturally sharpens your talent. I learned young and quickly in all aspects of my career to not let emotions sway you from playing to your strengths. Mom always encouraged me to never let weaknesses hold me back when faced with good opportunities in life. Stay ready! Trusting the unknown is not easy. It takes faith, and faith in yourself! Doing the math and counting the cost is always step #1. Fear is natural but when you got what it takes… go for it!
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.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
My close friends and colleagues know I’m a man of many hats. Sometimes I over commit, but I love collaboration that supports the greater good. However, I don’t regret how I show in all spaces both professionally or personally. Over the last ten years I have grown as an activist/organizer, educator, entrepreneur, brand influencer, artist/entertainer, graphic designer, music producer and even a friend. Growth is always in order.
Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Often times, people will fail you, funding isn’t there and you don’t see the results you desired. Personally, I take advantage of these moments to expand my skills and my talent. It always pays off in the end and sets you up for future obstacles. My father always said, “you get paid for what you know and what you don’t know you pay for.” My parents were great examples who taught me perseverance and how to manifest dreams through planning and preparation. This has helped me stay in constant pursuit of my purpose and keeps me focused and motivated to follow my heart and let my passion show up in all that I do.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be a fan of your own work. Love what you do and why you do it. Don trade in your authenticity for anything. You are enough!
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?
DFW is filled with amazing food, culture, live music and beautiful attractions. Friends and I definitely have a blast wherever we are from deep ellum to fair park including the design district and lower greenville. Im always down for brunch, a intimate house party, summer time pool parties and of course live music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can’t say it enough, but my mother is a rock star and a true queen. Words can’t express not only my love, but I am grateful for her being who she is and what that means to me and so many others.
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