Donald Glover has contributed his artistic talents in many different ways over the past few years performing as Childish Gambino, acting in various productions in addition to writing and stand-up comedy.
In an interview with Billboard, Glover discusses how he balances his busy lifestyle. Commenting on how he fuels his creativity into different mediums, he explains, “In my house, I have an empty room: I have my studio there, a whiteboard with the Atlanta scripts, a canvas for painting and all my albums and DJ equipment. I wake up every morning and I start grabbing things — spray-painting the walls, recording, writing. They’re all connected for me. It’s all about trying to get to the bottom of what being a human is.”
Glover is motivated by other artists, one of the biggest influences being Salvador Dali. Spending his spring break in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida one year led him to a Salvador Dali museum. There, he wrote a postcard to himself that read “never forget Dali”. Dali inspires Glover, as he was not limited to simply painting, but contributed his talents also to sculpture, architecture, film and photography. Dali did not restrict himself to one type of art, the same way Glover uses the wide range of talents he possesses.
In addition to his successful rap career, which he has recently announced is a period of his life he plans to move on from, Glover has been acting. After writing for “30 Rock”, the artist acted in NBC’s show Community followed by FX’s “Atlanta”. He’s been starring in movies as well, most recently “The Lazarus Effect,”, horror film about giving life to the dead, which is set to release tomorrow. He’s also working on “Magic Mike XXL” while there have been rumors about him playing the next Spiderman.
“When I really dive into an acting role, I lose myself. And onstage, I black out — I know it’s a good show when I don’t remember it. I feel like that’s the closest you can be to whatever you want to call God.”