Tot | Creative | Owner | Fashion Guru | Marketing Expert
When did you discover your creative power?
I discovered my creative power roughly around 2015. Prior to that, I hadn’t considered myself a creative person at all! I hit rock bottom during Christmas Break that year. I remember feeling helpless, powerless, and hopeless. I can’t tell you what changed because I still don’t understand it myself. For two weeks, I drowned myself in music, which was no different from what I normally do, but this time instead of running from my thoughts, I began to embrace and examine them. Soon after, I began to write them down because my mind started flowing in a way that it hadn’t before. It’s important to note that cutting TV out of my daily routine helped this process in a major way. That was the birth of Tot, the creator.
How did college enhance your visibility in artistic environments?
College is the reason why I am who I am today. No doubt about it. Being submerged in an environment with distinct cultures, daily habits, talents, and ways of thinking have been the fuel to my fire.
How do you get out of a creative rut?
To get out of a creative rut I first seek from within, then I go on a search for a vibe to match what’s within. I start by listening to my most inner-self because she speaks the loudest in those moments. She knows exactly what she wants, whether it be a look, a feeling or style choice. Then I search the physical world for a corresponding vibe. Music, books, Pinterest, Tumblr, 90’s cinema, 90’s fashion, traveling, the grocery store, the bookstore, the thrift store, and the gym have helped generate some of my best ideas.
No More Parties in AA started as an idea, along with your food business, formally Tot’s Spot now called The Supper Club, radio show, 88Alaska, and your newest platform, Evolve Creative. What keeps you in a creative space?
I consider myself to be a creative problem solver. All my projects and businesses stemmed from a problem that I felt was necessary to address. It’s interesting that EVOLVE creative was the last to reveal itself because everything that I do is part of a bigger project called EVOLVE. It serves as an umbrella for all my interests and in due time, it’ll reveal itself and everything will make sense.
How do you pick and choose who to work with for projects and events? Is your decision based on criteria or agenda?
I wouldn’t say that there are criteria in place, but everything I do is based on energy and vibes. Before working with someone or taking on a new project I must connect with them face to face. I’ve met a lot of my business partners on social media and it’s hard to gauge their authentic self through those platforms. I like to keep the initial meeting as casual and fun as possible, I like to see people in their true element. We talk ideas, backgrounds, aspirations, and interests. If this session is going well, we start to jot down ideas to build off and the rest is about execution. I like to work with people that match my drive and ambition as well as my work ethic. Being self-motivated, dedicated and open-minded are absolutes. I only take people as serious as they take themselves.
Recently you've switched over to a vegan diet. What was the reason for this change, and how has it helped other aspects of your life?
Well, the most obvious change was the huge amount of weight loss that happened naturally. Because of my busy schedule, I haven’t been able to commit to the gym, so when I made this dietary change, I lost 15 pounds in all the right places [tummy, arms, thighs.] I still have my curves, which was a worry for me at first. I’ve been able to save money, which a lot of people seem to be surprised about. I’ve also become a lot more adventurous with eating. Going vegan has helped me step out of my meal comfort zone and terrible routine of recycled recipes. The biggest change has been mental. When I started this new lifestyle, I was worried that I’d fall for temptation easily. I turned out to be mentally tougher than expected. This journey of my life has empowered me to approach every challenge and problem head-on, knowing that I’ll come out on top!