You are messing up your groove turning around. Just keep going forward.– Demi
Let’s talk about the qualities of a millennial hustla. Driven ✓, intelligent ✓, resourceful ✓, contagious energy ✓, and last but not least a dope authentic style ✓. Artist, graphic designer, and photographer, Demi is beyond ordinary. Demi inspires others through her unique work that makes you think and allows you to see the world through her remixed lense. Don’t sleep on this opportunity to learn more about Demi’s journey below!
How would you describe yourself in one word?
“Resourceful. People come to me as a resource for a lot of things. Everyone wants an outlet to express themselves and my pictures reflect that.”
What is the most rewarding part of being you?
“My determination. The best thing about me is that I know that I get things done. I do whatever I have to do, I will get it done.”
What do you love most about Chicago?
“I like the casual vibe of the city, people don’t dress up for anyone. We go to work and know what we are doing. It’s different than New York , for example, they have different styles. We just don’t care, we do us. You don’t have to do the most to be you.”
What ignited your interest in your field?
“I was inspired by my sister. Even though I am a really good artist, I was afraid for people to see my artwork. My sister was doing photography first, I picked it up where she left off. I got so interested that I saved all my money and bought a camera.”
What drives you to get out of bed each morning?
“If you not doing something you not doing nothing (that’s deep). If you don’t have that extra thing that’s going to push you then you aren’t doing anything. School and work is just an aid. My dream will happen because I’m doing this. I have to get up. Look far it’s getting me, I’ve worked with various artists, I can do it and I will keep doing it.”
Do you feel as though you have to pick between what makes you unique and your work?
“With photography yes, that’s all an exaggeration of a style. I’m really outgoing, and I want to be able to reflect that through my photography. It’s not difficult, it’s all about you wanting to get better at your skills. As you develop, your skills will turn into a style. We have to focus on ourselves. You start to doubt yourself and measure your skills in comparison to theirs. Our skills are still developing, just focus on yourself. Focus on your craft, don’t worry about nobody else’s.”
If you had the chance to start your career over again, would you do anything differently?
“No, (haha). Advice to all artists- You are developing as an artist, you will have certain situations that don’t benefit you. No matter if they are bad you are still learning from those experiences. I probably wouldn’t have met certain people if I took a different path. You are messing up your groove turning around. Just keep going forward.”
What advice would you give to people who are struggling to stay true to themselves while at work?
- “Stay organized.”
- “Be patient. You have to have the patience for even developing things within yourself. At the end of the day, you are you and the people around you are them.”
- “Develop a style. You can make a mock of someone else’s style. It’s just a mockup and people can tell where the influence is from. Know what you want and who you are. Don’t follow trends, the trend is going to be gone next year. In the long run, developing your own style will allow people to know that’s “you”. Your space is a reflection of you.”
Tips on going for your dream:
“People have ideas and they aren’t using them. We can’t be afraid of life right now and to take a chance. All we can do is build on what we have and know that we can do it. If you want to go to school, it’s all on if you want to be there, no opportunity is going to come to you. You have to come to them. You have to look for it and do it.”
Pause for applause. Man, this woman doesn’t play and we shouldn’t either! Just editing this and reading it again made me want to get up and go do something! Demi has such an engaging and inspiring persona and the amazing gift of creativity. I am grateful to have been blessed to have shared space with her. Where ever you are in life, I hope her story has helped you.
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