- People in your field that you admire?
I admire quite a few people as the field of entertainment and media is quite diverse. Right now, I admire Wanuri Kahiu for her tenacity and hard work, and at the same time the joy she manages to infuse in every piece of work she creates. I admire Muthoni The Drummer Queen for being such a force, and for believing in herself so fiercely, and bringing her ideas to life in the ways that she does. I admire Issa Rae and Shonda Rhimes, for being such wonderful story tellers, and for charting their own paths and becoming masters in their fields. They inspire me greatly.
- How do you incorporate creativity in your free time?
I usually just take the time to create something. Anything really. Whether it’s knitting or lining something with Kitenge fabric, taking pictures or learning a new skill on Youtube.
- What designers, bloggers, and stylists do you admire?
I admire Sharon Mundia of This Is Ess, Tabitha Tongoi of Craving Yellow, Mandi Sarro, The Throwdown Queen, Nancie Mwai, Sheila Ndinda, Joy Kendi, Lyra Aoko…I could go on all day. I really admire them for fiercely and authentically defining and creating for themselves the lives that they want, and not conforming to anyone else’s idea of what success should be. I also admire that they are constantly growing and improving themselves and their crafts, and this is visible in the content that they create. They inspire me very much.
- Are you involved in the fashion industry? How did you get involved in the industry?
I wouldn’t say that I am actively involved in the fashion industry, aside from wearing clothes.
- How do you stay relevant your industry?
I don’t know that I actually try to. I just keep doing me, and being myself. Relevance is not something I strive for. I’m just living this life the best way I can figure out how as I go along.
- What is the biggest creative challenge you have faced in your career?
Self-doubt and fear of both failure and success. Those can be immensely debilitating and I’m still trying to figure these things out. I’m just trying as best as possible to keep forgiving myself for the mistakes I make and to have the frame of mind to learn and grow as much as I can as I go along.
- What are some of the projects you’re working on right now?
I’m currently playing a role in a film that is in production, as well as hosting my weekly radio show, Afrocentral on Homeboyz Radio. I am also a mentor with Safaricom Blaze.
- How do you respond to criticism?
If its constructive criticism then usually I will usually take the sentiments into consideration and try improve myself, but if it’s not constructive or has no merit, then I don’t pay it any mind.
- What makes you unique?
My mind, the way I think, and reason, and curate things in my mind. That and the fact that there is no other person on the planet who has been created entirely like me.
- What would you say to youth who want to be in your industry?
To go for it. To know that there are no limits to what they want to do, and that they are free to create their rules as they go along.
Shoot Coordinator Evelyne Waitherero
Make-up by Kanai Beauties
Styled by Ojwa Styling
Photos by June July Photography