Upfront with D’angelo Thompson: An Interview with Artist Kelly Glusovich
D’Angelo Thompson had the opportunity to interview one of the most influencing entrepreneurs and artists in the industry, Kelly Glusovich, as they spoke on Glusovich’s inspiration for his cultural creativity and entrepreneurial journey towards launching HiPost. Glusovich spoke about his work as a graphic designer and the importance of ‘graffiti’ in hip-hop elements. With a captivating personality and a charming aura, Kelly Glusovich is an entrepreneur from whom every aspiring business person should learn!
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DT: Kelly, we have known each other for quite some time, since college. I remember you as the campus barber and the guy with an amazing collection of sneakers. How has hip hop culture influenced your creativity?
KG: When I discovered hip hop, it was in the early 80s on the West Coast. And when my family moved to the East Coast, I was really drawn to it. There is an energy of hip-hop through everything that I do in all my businesses; it’s a huge part of my life.
DT: When and where did you start HiPost?
KG: HiPost was born on October 15, 1993, in NYC on the lower east side. I used the money I intended to buy a car to open the business that was a live/workspace. That began my entrepreneurial journey.
DT: I know you were trained as a graphic designer. How do design and graffiti influence your logo?
KG: I love “graffiti,” and it’s an element of hip-hop. And it is incorporated in my current logo and has always been. My logo has had many iterations. I think it speaks to all my clientele.
DT: How do you see your brand expanding? HiPost speaks to many generations, is that your intention?
KG: I see it expanding by letting go of the reigns and letting younger creatives help grow our market share. Also, staying true to the brand’s DNA.
DT: What great lesson would you tell your younger self?
KG: I would say ‘stay with it, don’t get discouraged!’
DT: How’s the book project coming along? First, let me say I loved what you showed me, a great concept!!
KG: I am shooting the pages for the book; it’s a creative process and a strong point of view.
DT: Finish this sentence; the shift I would like to see in the world is
KG: “more satisfaction, fulfillment, being more connected and not just through the material elements of life.”
Soulivity Editor-at-Large D’angelo Thompson is known for his mastery of beauty and quality aesthetic. He is also one of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after artisans. Originally from Chicago, D’angelo always dreamed of one day taking the beauty industry by the reigns both nationally and internationally; and, in the past two decades, has done so in a phenomenal way. It is his personal vision to elevate his profession by creating a global brand and community, empowering all to see and celebrate their beauty.
As a professional, D’angelo’s expertise extends to beauty, bridal, editorial, commercial, film, TV and private clients. As hair and makeup artist for guests and celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 - 2011, D’angelo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations with a win for “Guest Hair” in 2010. Most importantly, in over two decades, D’angelo has developed a body of work that classifies him in the A-list of beauty professionals. He is currently working with Law & Order SVU (Seasons 17, 18 & 19), Blue Bloods (Season 8), Worst Cooks,/Celebrity, Joy Mangano/IDL, HSN and Pudding Boy Productions. As an author, D’angelo’s self-published lifestyle and beauty book entitled “Enhanced Beauty” (2016) continues to sell domestically and internationally.
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