We had the good fortune of connecting with Devonte Pearson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devonte, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was never good with authority growing up. I also was never shown a career path so I was pretty much on my own from the jump. Once I got older and started working more I found myself getting laid off time and time again. The whole “job security” thing became obsolete in my head. I knew I had to do for myself. I have always been a music guy so I chose to open my own recording studio.
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.
My art is also my business. I am a Hip-Hop artist and Audio Engineer. I think my truth will always set me apart from others. I think everybody has their own story and my story is only mines so that is where my uniqueness originates. My most proud moment came when I finished remodeling our facility and opened it to the public. We spent about 6 months remodeling this old, beat down, 1700 sq. ft.
office building. I never went through the process of leasing out a stand-alone building so this was a great experience. Not to mention I am surrounded by good people here. Can’t do this alone. Another win has been performing at more events and less bars lol. I feel as if my music is being treated more seriously. Nothing about the process was easy. Everything was tough. It was either physically or mentally draining to get to this point. The only way to get through it was to think about the alternative. There is no going back to giving somebody power of how much money I make and my schedule. I will figure this life out.
I learned to trust my gut more. I learned not to worry. I learned a ton. I learned that some people are transactional, thus those people are in it for themselves and not to do good business.
I want the world to know that I’m here to make an impact. I am not here to just live and do regular day to day stuff. I am here to live this life to the fullest and assist all the people around me to do the same.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So we are hitting all of the homies businesses. That includes barbershops, a salon, a clothing store, photography studio, and art studio. For food we are going to Toro’s for Sushi in Spokane Valley. That is my favorite. There’re a bunch of good places to eat though. No-Li is THE spot for beer and it is a cool place to be. We got to hit the escape room downtown, laser tag downtown, and the VR arcade off of Francis Ave.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to my wife Lydia Pearson. She is also a business owner and a person I admire a ton. I owe her more than I can ever give.
(1) Alicia Hauff Photography (2, 3, 4) Reel Vlogs (Carlos Sanchez)