1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not too many people know that I draw. Before I invested my time into fashion and clothing, I spent most of my free time painting or drawing with ink. My first aspiration was to be a professional artist, and though I’ve devoted less time to creating visual art, I continue fueling my creative fire by collaborating and working with all the fashion enthusiasts and photographers that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Additionally, I’ve played piano since I was 6 years old, but recently I’ve been so busy and a little out of practice! I’m also currently a Fashion Marketing and Management student at Berkeley College.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Art undoubtedly is my biggest passion! I used to draw cartoons when I was very young, and it developed into exploring other techniques and drawing styles throughout my childhood and adolescence. Music has also had a significant impact on my life partially due to my piano background, but also because my father collected vinyls for a long time. I remember my first enlightening music moment (besides screaming The Backstreet Boys and The All-American Rejects lyrics out the open car windows) was when my dad put on an Iron Maiden vinyl on this dusty turntable in our basement. That opened the door to my discovery of heavier music, which to this day I truly love.
3. What are your goals for the future?
In the future, I hope to work with clothing and fashion full-time, whether it’s managing social media, promoting, branding, or marketing. The ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage everyone to take risks and step outside of their comfort zone. Working with clothing means envisioning people unapologetically being themselves and wearing their style confidently and with pride. Turning that vision into a daily reality is why I wake up everyday and work my ass off.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success can be as simple as putting forth your best effort to achieve something, not quite making it on the first try, but continuing to push forward despite all odds. Success is perseverance through failure and an unwavering determination to overcome all obstacles and limits. I consider myself successful to a certain extent even though I’m not where I want to be yet. I’m healthy, financially stable, have a small but reliable circle of friends, and maintain good relationships with everyone in my life. True success is never giving up on the climb to the top and never forgetting to take the opportunity to give back to the community even when you get there.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
Currently my main focus is on my and my good friend Spencer’s clothing brand, Killigraphy. After a long hiatus, we’re back and better than ever. I’m in the process of revamping the marketing and Spencer has been diligently putting his ideas to paper. I have a handful of trips planned this year to expand the brand and become more integrated into the streetwear community. So far I’m planning for Toronto, New York City, and Los Angeles this year. Aside from Killigraphy, I’ve dedicated time to developing friendships with other creative individuals to really collaborate and inspire a movement towards a more openly self-expressive, confident, and supportive network of people. At the end of the day, many eyes with one vision will help provide sight to the lost.