- Let’s start by telling the people a Lil about yourself that they may or may not know about you?
I’m Ross Victory – singer/songwriter and author from L.A. My first book was a father-son memoir called, “Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son.”
- How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
While pursuing a Marketing degree, I interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles. This internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where I worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing. I’ve been singing since I was two years old. I wrote my first song in middle school. In 2007, MySpace and Atlantic Records hosted a singing competition for the Step Up 2 The Streets Contest and I made the Top 5 – so that was my start singing.
- Tell us about your upcoming projects?
Right now, I’m working on a crowdfunding campaign for my brand, “Books & Bangers,” that I will launch in August. The e-commerce store will feature stylish streetwear inspired by independent authors, musicians, and visual artists. Books & Bangers will offer values-driven, high-quality products made to order. I’m excited about this project because I’ve been working on it since the beginning of the pandemic, and it’s an extension of what I already do and something original.
- Can you tell our readers more about the difficulties you’ve faced early on as an artist? How did you over overcome these obstacles?
The biggest obstacle and challenge I have faced is probably not prioritizing my mental health as early on as I should have and the subsequent loss of opportunities. Looking back, writing has always been my preferred method to cope with the world around me, and I didn’t know it.
- Who inspires you as an entertainer in this industry?
I deeply admire artists that write their songs. Ne-Yo, The Dream, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd would be the top artists and songwriters that I would love to work with. These artists have created some of the biggest hits in the past ten years.
- If you could have a sit-down conversation with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’ve been fascinated by Jim Carrey since his film, “The Mask.” There’s something about him that is unique that I sense beyond his on-screen characters. He’s been through a lot, seems genuine, and keeps the entertainment business and his stardom in sharp perspective.
- How do you turn a negative into a positive?
My life has been filled with a lot of challenges for many years. Sometimes, you have to give yourself space and time to see the lesson of a painful or adverse event. I tend to focus on the prevention of negativity -how do I prevent a negative outcome. What types of skills, what do I need to learn, or who do I need to become to bring more positivity. Also, recently, I try to speak more about my challenging experiences. When you do this, you learn that you are not alone in your suffering, which I have learned.
- What kind of advice would you give a newcomer trying to pursue a career in your line of work?
Discipline and rest play a vital role in the successful completion of projects. When you’re tired, exhausted, or overwhelmed with trying to make an idea, character, or melody work, take a rest. I would encourage people to listen to their minds and bodies and give themselves a lot of space to execute the creative process fully. Don’t judge how you feel, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who are doing what you’re doing on a higher level! Also, some things like branding and design are worth the expense.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to continue to create more stories and music. I like to provoke but also soothe readers. Also, I like to work remotely. It would be awesome to screen write a film from a book I’ve written and produce the film and participate in all the musical decisions for the film. I will become a key (black male) producer, investor, and business person. My brand “Books & Bangers” will lead the way for a lot of those opportunities. It’s also essential to teach creatives in disadvantaged communities how to be thinkers—how to manage money and relationships to not depend on others financially. I’m excited for the growth that awaits.
- What has been the highest point of your career so far?
Meeting Ne-Yo on I.G. Live hands down. I can sing most of his albums front to back and credit him as one of my inspirations as a singer and songwriter. I sent him a D.M. in the studio, and with celebrities, you never expect them to answer, and he did. Not only that, he agreed to host my latest song, “My Fault.” Super highlight.
- if you could go back in time and speak to a younger you, what words of advice would you give yourself?
I would tell myself that there is a lot of pain ahead of you and a lot of joy. I would also say not to take people for granted, and the people who hurt you are just weak themselves. You are equipped to face what happens to you and try not to take it personally. I would also encourage myself to enroll in therapy sooner!
- We would like to thank you for your time.
And congratulations on being selected on the cover of this month’s Mr. Hollywood Magazine before we let you go, is there anything that you would like to tell your fans?
There’s a lot of noise and distractions out there. Focus on yourself and take one step at a time toward what you want to do here and who you want to be. Other’s success or downfall is not a reflection of you. Your work is a reflection of you.