Parker first moved to LA to pursue acting. His fiancé suggested he try out blogging (The Looksmith) based on his passion for menswear. One of his most rewarding experiences was the moment he took on blogging full time and became his own boss.
How did you get started with Instagram/Blogging? Why do you do it and how do you think you've gained the success that you have?
I started out blogging on a suggestion from my fiancé. She saw that I was unhappy in my pursuit of acting and knew that I had a passion for menswear and writing. I blog to stay creative and to hopefully help teach and inspire other guys how to dress better and take better care of themselves. I’ve been fortunate enough to gain success thanks to a continued effort towards success and also a level of transparency when it comes to who I really am. I don’t try to fool anyone.
Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up in LA?
I’m originally from Cincinnati, OH. I moved to LA in 2009 to step away from Ohio for a bit and see what LA would be like. I fell into acting and did that for a few years until I realized it wasn’t for me.
What's the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career is the day I took on blogging full time and gave myself the permission to be self-employed with no safety net.
What do you do for fun?
For fun I love to rock climb, watch (too much) TV and films and hang out with my fiancé and our two dogs, Emma and Luca.
What are your favorite places to hang in LA?
I love LA for its crazy diversity. Certain areas can feel totally different than others. Having the beach nearby is great, but I typically hang in Downtown, Los Feliz or West Hollywood. There are always new bars and restaurants opening up which is a lot of fun too.
What’s something people who only know you through your work/insta would be surprised to know?
I think people would be surprised to know that I went through a MAJOR wannabe Eminem phase in high school. It was bad. On any given day you might find me in a baggy jersey, oversized sweatpants with cornrows in my hair…yes, I’m serious, haha.