November 7, 2021

LaVell D. Monger – Renaissance Man

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LaVell D. Monger is a business owner, creative director, branding strategist, and student affairs professional. Educated through the St. Louis Public School district he graduated from Vashon High School in St. Louis Missouri and received his bachelors’ of science in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. LaVell received his Master's of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education

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This Artist • Photographer • Business Coach is taking on the world

LaVell D. Monger is a business owner, creative director, branding strategist, and student affairs professional. Educated through the St. Louis Public School district, he graduated from Vashon High School in St. Louis Missouri and received his Bachelors’ of Science in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. LaVell received his Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Co-owner of RTW Photography and The ELITE Event and Services where I’m able to express creativity and entrepreneurship.

So where did cinematography and photography come from?

Please tell us about your art.
My first time picking up a camera intentionally was to enhance my music career. I found myself doing shows and living the recording artist life without documentation. In 2010, I purchased my first HD camera. It was a Sony Bloggie 720HD (the times have certainly changed). This forced me to learn how to use it so I can instruct my friends. Once they began recording me on and off stage, I gained an interest in creating movie-like recaps. I wanted to tell a story. In 2013, I purchased my first DSLR camera, and I wanted to expand my storytelling through photos and video. During the summer of 2016, I cashed in my first check for $2000 working with a college and decided to take this skill professionally.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I believe the accessibility of gear and exposure has over-saturated the market. But it allows creators to continue to elevate their craft and become innovative. Coming from St. Louis and moving to Florida. I noticed a huge gap as far as quality, expectations, clients, and region support. Art basel, carnival, Wynwood, and the various of concerts allow artist from numerous genres to express themselves.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
RTWPhotography on all social media platforms. Our website is ridethewave.co.

Source: http://voyagemia.com/interview/meet-lavell-d-monger/

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