An idea, thought, feeling born from inside that makes it way to the outside world.
Because if we didn’t the world would be BORING AF. We are here to provide a 360° experience of what it is to be human.
My best friends. New York. The ocean. Traveling.
That changes with the goals I set for myself, but I’d say when one of my personal heroes (Gabrielle Hamilton) told me she loved my work and thought I was talented. I basically melted. It was validating and reminded me that if you’re honest with yourself, the people you love and respect will notice.
It’s pretty undefinable, and can appear anywhere and in anyone. Be open to it.
I work from home a lot, because that’s where my kitchen and all my equipment is. But I love to create anywhere, especially weekend trips with friends, which allows me to adapt to new kitchens with different equipment, strange grocery stores, different produce, stuff like that. I love to be challenged. At any rate, I need music, good natural light, and plenty of counter space.
It really depends. If I’m writing, I prefer entire albums rather than playlists, because often I’m getting into a vibe and need to focus (this week, it’s been Bayonne, Chance The Rapper and Shura). If I’m cooking, anything goes (this week it’s been lots of Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Drake, Classixx, and Bombino) . If it’s the morning, I like to listen to podcasts (Hpw To Be Amazing, 2 Dope Queens, Reply-All are some of my favorites right now).
I don’t think there is anything particular. I hate feeling rushed, or putting out product I’m not thrilled with.
Right now, because I’m making a book, it’s really all I do. It actually brings me a lot of anxiety to NOT create, so I make sure that even when I’m playing, I incorporate some form of work. Either bringing my computer and setting aside some time to write, or cooking something inspiring that I can return to.
I had this tin foil bell I made in preschool that was decorated with colorful glue and glitter. Pretty basic. But my mom kept if for….forever. She might even still have it. Every year, it went up on the Christmas Tree. She’s not particularly sentimental, so I always was super touched when she *hadn’t* thrown it away (lol/sad). I think it instilled in me how much people love something that is created by someone they love. And art can mean a shitty tin foil bell ornament, if you want.
Work really fucking hard. Say yes to everything that interests you (whether or not you know what you’re getting yourself into). Be uncomfortable all the time. Put yourself out there. Be kind. Be supportive of those around you. Be honest (with yourself, with others).