Hey Gang! Let’s talk about perfecting it along the way.
This month’s Shoppe Gal podcast & content issue is a love letter to Black creatives – called #dearblackcreatives.
Black creatives are near to me because I AM one. And heavily identify with a lot off struggles Black creatives have. Over rime, I will seek to address them. But for now we’ll keep to the theme of this issue and simply … Start!
A lot of you have big visions, but won’t START because of your own idea of perfectionism. This episode is dedicated to YOU, my dreams Black creative!
This episode of #ShoppeGal Diaries podcast includes spilled thoughts from Imani’s mind, usually sparked during internal dialogue and self-critique. Imani will take you on a visualization journey with her favorite analogy about babies learning to walk.
Today’s society wreaks of F.E.A.R. making it easy for us to assign ourselves the victim role instead of the victor role.
But a personal branding journey reaches beyond even the victor role and seeps into the main character territory, allowing FULL ACCESS to the hero role. And while fear IS valid – 1000% – with personal branding YOU have the ability to conduct your own exposure therapy to confront your fears, leverage them and use them before they use you.
This especially powerful for Black creatives seeking to shift power dynamics, reclaim their creative spirits and have people judge you on your thought leadership – not on their bias.
Discover how you can develop a stronger YOU by packaging your imperfections in Imani’s article and in the podcast here.
How do other Black creatives build confidence so effectively? By starting.
Doing something enough times helps to build a confidence muscle. And that repetition ultimately creates a brand. Every successful person has believed in their vision and nurtured it with understanding to the power of repetition. They know what they want and they put all of their energy toward achieving it, all while boldly confronting fear. They understand that nurturing their vision is to directly nurture their own growth. Click here if you want to learn more about how simply starting can help you achieve everything you’ve ever wanted.
The best thing you can do is START. Starting helps you advance your future, prioritize, refine your productivity, give you something new and exciting to talk about, improve efficiency and inspire others.
To start is to get clear on your goals and better define the information you need.
Listen to the podcast to hear more on how to start and achieve in any creative niche.
Keep reading while listening for inspiration to get your start!
5 Black Creatives Who STARTED!
… And Now They Disrupt and Dominate
Dear Black creatives. THIS is your season and you should definitely step onto your path to create fearlessly, breaking the old and stepping away from the monolith they’ve fed us. I know it’s scary but we have plenty guides – past and present.
YOU are the future ~
All you need to do is commit to your journey and trust the process. In short, just START!
In case you need inspiration to see other Black creatives fearlessly rejecting the monolith, on their own path of self-healing through self-expression here are a few you’ll recognize.
Imani K Brown
Black female tattoo artist and life coach, Imani K Brown uses her personal brand to work through inner child healing and shadow work to awaken the giant she can feel inside. Knowing that no one will come to save her, she understands the value of clinical and traditional help. But leans more into self-mastery through self-management, self-care and peer to peer or community healing. The following Black creatives are avant-garde guides who deeply inspire her work and brand, Shoppe Gal.
Known as THE definition of avant-garde, Missy Elliott sets the bar for avant-garde artistry in the 21st century. Her brand challenges us to not just think outside the box but to dismantle the whole damn thang all together! She brings a timeless nostalgia as she sets Black culture front and center – from joaining to double-dutch to braids and bamboo earrings. Missy is quintessential Black creativity x personal branding complete with a renaissance era. Today, not only is Elliott the FIRST female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but she’s also the first Black female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tobe Nwigwe x Fat Nwigwe
This one is a 2-fer with Black culture’s present day first family, Tobe and Fat – also dubbed Houston’s first family of rap. In their single Eat, Fat proclaims ‘We don’t ride the wave, we create it’ after having lit the world on fire sharing their love story of how they came to be.
When it comes to this Father figure and young Queen mother, some loved it, many hated it. But guess what tho. ‘They still togevuh’. The family and their dynamic IS the brand. It’s an innovating vibe – creating what they feel is missing in Black culture, healthy visions of Black families & Black love … and challenging us, the listeners and fans, to deconstruct what we feel to be true in all things love and creativity.
Inspiring hood healers everywhere, Badu once unmasked (post faux locs and ‘You Got Me‘ feature on The Roots Things Fall Apart, 1999), has nevah let up in demanding that we take in ALL of her or nothing at all. And we love to see it! Badu’s lifestyle brand infuses spirituality and hood goodness like baby daddy and EBT like no one else but a Black person could understand. And is definitely the female ODB of our generation
Dear Black Creative,
It is your turn now! And don’t say you can’t because you CAN.
Just remember that Egypt, nor Rome nor any of the brands mentioned before you were built in a day.
You just have to START!
Was That Helpful?
If you found this information valuable and need help uncovering and owning your self-image, packaging your knowledge or building your business, here are your next steps 👇🏾
As always, I’M ROOTING FOR YOU!
About Shoppe Gal G.A.N.G. Created Special for the Creative Misfits of the World –
Welcome Home Neurodivergents. Healers. Artists. Creative Entrepreneurs.
I’ve spent the last few months listening to the cries of creatives from all walks of life wailing about not being able to build a sustainable business. In fact, a lot of creatives I’m surrounded by wish they could live their creative dreams and passions. Instead they’re burnt out working jobs that don’t even feed their souls taking them farther from their dreams – all in the name of survival.
And you know what … I get it because years ago I was she, trying to unravel myself to figure out how to rinse and repeat the successes I had from my innate gifts so that I could build on my own dream brand and business.
Thankfully, the universe heard my cry so that I could make it and then in the grand gesture of each one teach one, I’m now equipped with a special set of skillsets that help me advance creatively … but in the business world.
It doesn’t matter if you have all the answers right now. In fact, you’re not going to have all of em at this moment – it’s a process. BUT you can START. And that’s what I want to see you do NEXT. Simply, lead with your heart and let logic follow ~
The NUMBER ONE question I’m always asked is how did I get to be so confident and authentic in my art business? Welp. Here’s my helpful answer –
SHOPPE GAL G.A.N.G.
I want you to be able to DIG IN – visualize your new success and what it feels like to take those forgotten creative dreams off the shelf and really start bringing them into your reality. For real for real!
Last but not least, it’s important to know that a lot overall growth spurt feels – negative self-talk, imposter syndrome, anxiety, depression, etc. – are common and you’re NOT alone.
BUT also we’re all artists, anxious beans, and introverts. And it’s not likely that we’ll reach out to get the supporting intel from other people along their journey. We often watch from the sidelines trying to piecemeal and DIY our dreamy ideas to life. And well … that can be long, tiring, and daunting.
So, this is me being proactive, especially if you’re watching my growth and success from the sidelines trying to put it all together. Why would I give you my secrets to success? Well friend, I really do care about your success.
Aiight fam. Here’s to chasing your audacious creative dreams and showing up as the BAWSE af art entrepreneur you are ~
With love, from your intentional healing, unapologetically happy and profitably creative gal pal here to say CHASE YO’ DREAMS! It could cost your the world if you don’t.