We had the good fortune of connecting with Edgar Allan Toh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edgar Allan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is one of the most important exercises you need to do. There are degrees of risk and there are some risk taking people don’t even realize is risk taking. It could be choosing a different subject matter for your art, technique, or even material. Doing something different or making changes tests your skills and limitations where you risk failure. I just figure I don’t have anything to lose by trying something new. I lose maybe a few bucks in material but the skills I learn far out-weigh the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career in art is just getting started. I’ve sold some art work here and there and had done some commissions and murals, but singing with an agent and publisher was a very big step. I work with my agent on a concept for a series and paint or sculpt as much as possible for the series. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But I work with them on the next idea in order to explore what I want to work on and inspire me artistically but also fulfills their needs commercially.
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.
My best friend and I are really big golfers… Not the greatest golfers but love playing golf. (He’s actually pretty good. He shoots less than 80 most of the time) But what I would do is take the best 18 holes we can play in Southern California. We can play 3 holes at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, a couple of holes at Journeys at Pechanga in Temecula, a couple of holes at the Pelican Resort in Newport beach etc. That will make for an adventure… sort of a scavenger hunt mixed with sports, travel and experience.
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?
My shoutout goes to my dad. My dad isn’t a very emotional person and he often doesn’t like many things, especially anything artsy. But he mentioned to my sister that I should try to sell my art. He didn’t say it to me directly because that’s not something he would do. By recognizing that my art could be worth something to someone else meant a lot to me. He very rarely compliments much of anything.