1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I feel like a lot of people know a lot about me. I’m a talker and I’m usually over sharing. If I had to choose something, I’d say something random like I started school at 2 yrs old. It was a Montessori school so they were like yeah just bring her. I’ve always been the youngest of most of my classmates and my friends and I feel like it’s helped me mature.
2. What are your biggest passions?
First things that come to mind are Laughter, Photography and Inspiration. These are the things that keep me going and I think they are or can be the things that keep others going too so I always try to create more. Honestly because it saves me from tumbling into this depressing mental space but also because I've physically felt laughter save me crying or overanalyzing a bad situation into something that is worse so if I can do it for me I’d be selfish not to at least try to create that for others. Ultimately I want to find a medium(s) that bring all three together. If I can create something that not only provides happiness, but leaves others inspired I left the mark on the world I wanted to.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My immediate goals include spending more time with my camera. I’ve been in a creative rut for a bit and I’m working my way out.
More mid/longer term, I want to host more events. Particularly to bring creatives together to network, brainstorm and the more obvious create. There’s no reason social media should be your only means of connecting, building your team or your client base. New York is way too large for us [creatives] or anyone really not to have centralized spaces or productive events to come together. I guarantee you right now if you told me three things you needed to get your next idea off the ground I know somebody that knows somebody that either has it or can point you in the right direction; all of us need to be in the same room! I hosted my first art exhibit "Desaturated” earlier this year at the Brooklyn Arts Fellowship Gallery in Brooklyn, featuring some fellow creatives and friends [Shoutout to Anthony Mitchell @mortimervisuals Goblin @nycgoblin Steven Jones @5amtoday TyTy Vasquez @freakovasquez check them out! ] and it was such an amazing experience. In attendance was everyone from bloggers and rappers to stylists and photographers. The list goes on, but my point is we all can learn from each other no matter the medium we’re using to create. I just want to help facilitate that process.
I’m also in the very early stages of starting a web series focused on bringing failure to the forefront and normalizing the idea of failure as a natural step in progression and eventually success. We get so caught up in the successes of others that nobody speaks about failure and it really creates this idea that we’re not doing enough or because there was a setback we’re not moving in the right direction towards our goal. When was the last time you busted your ass & completely failed? Let’s talk about it, so when I bust mine I have the faith to keep moving forward.
Lastly and more generally speaking, I want to increase my digital presence. I really think I’ve been blessed with a gift to inspire those around me or at the very least motivate people to embrace a more positive outlook day to day. I just need my voice to reach more people and I believe the best way to do that is through the blessing & curse that is social media. It’s been tough because I’m trying to limit my social media use for my own sanity but I also understand that it’s a powerful tool and may be one of the only ways for my message to reach the people it needs to.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is complete autonomy of my time. It’s a necessity for me to get to a point where I’m in control of each day. Every meeting, every event, every trip is happening because I’ve given approval. Money is cool and it will come but it means nothing to me without time. That's my professional way of saying I want to do what I want when I want to. Because, I do! And I want to do so knowing that the businesses and structures I’ve created will continue to be profitable and successful even when I’m not hovering over them every second of the day.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on
My latest project is a photo series titled Spectrum. Spectrum is a monochromatic photo series that seeks to depict the various diversities that span across both the color spectrum and the spectrum of Human Sexuality. Each model will represent a different hue within the color spectrum and fall on one to many different places across the human sexuality spectrum. I really want to push the "limits" of fashion and sexuality, turning to female androgyny, male femininity and everything in between. The completed series will display a range of colors as well as a range of sexualities. I’m always looking for models so if this sounds like something you’re interested in and you have some modeling experience please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured: Michael Dwayne-Reid, Goblin