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Meet Kelli Carlson of @carlson_kelli in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Carlson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was always obsessed with art and performing. Creating anything new and original stimulates me and gives me satisfaction from art to music to video. After college I got into producing television shows and now movies internationally, so painting keeps me sane and chills me out. Sometimes you just have to cover yourself in paint and throw yourself against a wall to get it all out. I highly recommend everyone try it, it’s fun.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t believe there’s any smooth road to success. The road blocks that I’ve hit whether it be the wrong job or the wrong people, or a disappointing outcome have all been critical in me discovering what I do and don’t want. When I look back at my failures I realize that they were all critical to my success. It’s all about attitude, always moving forward, and not quitting.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As an independent artist I paint and produce television shows and movies. In my painting I’m known for bright colors, bold lines, and bizarre subject matter like sexy aliens. I currently star in a TV show airing throughout Europe, Africa, and South America called “Hollywoods Ultimate Countdown Show,” and I have a fashion TV format in development about looking like a million bucks, but saving fortune…coming soon. I love to create new content in any way, shape, or form and I pride myself on bringing new and fresh ideas to the table.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Venice Beach is the most colorful and exciting place for an artist. I’m constantly inspired by the street art, performers, and eccentric people everywhere. There’s never a dull moment and something unexpected always happens. I love Venice, it’s where the wild things are.

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