J - I was surprised by the amount of uncertainty. I didn’t think I would be in a state of unknown. Or maybe I did, because I’ve always pictured my life being this dramatic sequence of events out of a movie. I think everyone is given the same story about how your life is supposed to happen. Go to school, get a degree, get a job. Become apart of the current. Live your life.
I was so sure in high school what I was going to do, the type of person I was going to be (mostly because I had tumblr-ed and pinterest-ed myself into a moodboard). Two years later, I’m not that person. I’m not even close to that person. And that is both scary and wonderful. Because of how naive I was back then meant I had to be incredibly brave now. To recognize that I was going the wrong way and that my major and my school was wrong for me. To make decisions and listen to them. I am surprised at myself for going against the current and coming back home to become an artist. It means everything to me.
J - I am inspired by people who are passionate about their craft. Anyone, no matter what field or ability, who dives into their work, whose goal-orientated, whose building themselves from the ground-up; they inspire me. They push me to get up off my ass and do something for myself.
I see women, particularly women of color, who continue to prove how badass they are, and that fills me up with love and pride. The black and brown women around me are so motivated because they aren’t just lifting themselves up, but the people around them. They are providing for their families at the same time they are building their dream. They are more creative, more passionate, and more driven than any other person in the room. And I know they inspire because all I want to do is make them proud.