My good friend Matt Pham interviewed me for his blog last December:
I haven’t seen Has in a minute, but it’s dope to know that we support each other. This type of support has really been the catalyst to what I believe will drive my success and personal fulfillment. Has does a ton of dope shit. From curating her own blog, interviewing creatives, styling shoots, to creating an online presence, she really pushes herself to always be in touch with all things creative. If it weren’t for her inspiration, this constant coolin blog wouldn’t even be around. Big ups to Has! Thank you for being a source of inspiration and for pushing me, even if you don’t know it. Excited for the next time we link up. Peep the interview below and take notes.
What’s your hustle?
I create dope shit for dope people.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
If someone doesn’t like your work, whether it’s constructive criticism or just an acquired taste – don’t take it personal. Working in a creative field is difficult because all the work you produce comes from within you, so when someone doesn’t like it, you can’t help but want to take it personal. My advice: Think of things you create like colors. Some people like pastels, some people like neons. Baby blue isn’t necessarily better than electric blue, it’s just a taste or a mood. As long as you’re staying true to yourself, you can’t f-ck up (that’s WestCoastSoul).
What inspires and motivates you to wake up each morning?
I’ve always thought of myself as an ambitious person but I was never as inspired as I have been since realizing how much I value conscious creativity, so inspiring others inspires me. Hearing that people vibe with things I create, whether it be a photograph or an article, makes me feel good. Makes me feel like I have a purpose – that motivates me to do more.
Your blog is straight up inspirational. I remember when you first started the idea of branding yourself online, you wanted to do this through a blog. Now, it’s taking off! Tell us more about it.
Thank you, makes me so happy to hear that! Well, anyone who knows me, even briefly, knows that Tupac is one of my biggest inspirations. I look up to him because he was intelligent, fearless and raw. He tried to raise consciousness and kept his intentions pure. That’s what WestCoastSoul means to me. It’s not about being from Cali but it’s about the vibe that you’re putting out; it’s about looking at things in a deeper perspective and never giving up. So everything I post resonates with that.
Constant Coolin is my music blog. Back when we interned at OBEY, you and I instantly shared a connection with music. What vibe (artists/genres/songs) are you currently feeling?
Haha yes! Honestly it varies. Lately, I’ve been feeling super ethereal vibes so I listen to a lot of Kaytranada, Shlohmo, XXYYXX, Zhu, Wax Tailor, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Erykah Badu, Jhene Aiko. I can’t get the Comfort Inn Ending freestyle by Jhene Aiko out of my head. Ooh and Goddess by Banks, she’s so good.
If there is a brand you could work with, what would it be and why?
I like the directions that Kith & 10 Deep are headed in. They both maintain clean, creative and composed streetstyles. I would love to work with them.
Are there any upcoming projects you’re excited to be a part of or work on?
I’ve been working on a weekly blog series with Love+Made on their blog called “LoveMade Babe of the Week” where I’ve been interviewing entrepreneur babes within the industry. We started the series in hopes to encourage female empowerment and inspire all our readers, both men and women, to pursue their dreams, especially in the creative fields.
I also have a lot of personal projects in store for 2015. I’m tying up loose ends right now so I can begin releasing them in the new year. It’s gonna be a good year, stay posted!
How do you define success?
Waking up in a comfortable bed with a nice view, spending the day at a job you love; coming home to people who love you; and never feeling like you compromised your values to achieve that.
Any closing words?
I am probably the #1 advocate of “if you’re unhappy with something, change it.” So be proactive. Don’t dim your own shine for anyone. Be yourself, unapologetically. Keep your intentions pure. Keep good people around you. Maintain your hustle. Watch how things change for the better.
How can we connect with you?
If you read my blog, I love you – www.HasWestCoastSoul.com