“ When I lost my grandfather a couple of years ago, I started painting more heavily to cope with the pain I felt. It honestly became a therapy session for me and was a way for me to tune out the entire world. Nothing but a canvas, incense, burning my thoughts, and a deep connection to my work. Before I knew it, I had probably about 10 - 12 full-size paintings that I was ready to show the world. I held my first art exhibit in 2016 which had an amazing turn out and later was even personally invited to display my artwork in 2 Chainz' famous Pink Trap House in 2017. I never knew my art would be so recognized, that was truly a humbling experience.
As time furthered, in college I became more in love with the camera which led me on some amazing journeys and working with some pretty dope people. I landed an internship working for DJ Drama at Means Street Studios. After being an intern there for some time and proving myself, I worked my way up and started taking pictures for the Streetz is Watchin Radio show. It was an amazing opportunity that I will always be grateful for. That time of my life showed me that I could really pursue photography, painting, or any creative passion that I had and turn it into a revenue by doing something I genuinely loved. That is when I finally built the courage to start my blog and really taking it seriously! My website features my photography portfolio, blog, and my online e-commerce store. Outside of my 9-5, I spend every single moment content creating for my blog, shooting for clients, and working on my newly launched lip gloss business Glossy Bae Co.
There have been many times that I wanted to quit. As a creator, you deal with the wave of getting a lot of engagement and then sometimes you may not. You may post a YouTube video or Instagram post and that post, or video may or may not do as well as you hoped for. This sparks something in you to where you start to question if this is really what you are supposed to be doing. It messes with your mental. I have been learning to be gentle with myself. No matter the likes or engagement, I am genuinely doing something what makes me happy and in due time others will be able to fall in love with my work as well!
I love that everything is a learning curve. You can learn what works for you and what does not by simply messing up a few times. Messing up is completely okay, it allows you to learn from your experiences. I also love the fact that I can set such a beautiful and positive tone for any of my clients or customers. They are genuinely impressed with my service and that is such an amazing feeling and helps me to continue pushing forward!
I have never said this out loud, but I am learning every day to be more transparent with who I am! My biggest regret I would have to say is thinking that I had to go to school for so many years when in hindsight I truly just want to create and not necessarily use my degrees to their full extent *inserts emjoi covering eyes!
I was always taught as most of us are how important getting your education is. It was not really normalized in my household to chase your dreams. It was graduate, snag your career, and then you can do what you want. I kind of wish I could have created from day one, I always wonder where I would be currently if I have. But do not get me wrong, I am so proud of myself and all that I have accomplished academically, and I will always cherish all three of my degrees. At the end of the day no one will ever be able to take away my education.
In five years, I see myself very happy with my family and my career as a business owner. I see myself breaking generational curses and setting the tone for the remainder of my life. I see my lip gloss line extending into more of a cosmetics line and fingers crossed I can have a few items sold in someone’s store! I also envision working alongside my business partner Cortland Mullins and us seeing how we built an empire from a vision turned into reality. I have some amazing things coming just stay tuned in!”
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