Win $5,000 grants, exclusive monthly prizes, and more.

CreativelyMade is now even bigger, with $5,000 grants and exclusive prizes each month from incredible partners!

The Creative Ladder—a nonprofit cofounded by Ryan Reynolds, Dionna Dorsey Calloway, and David Griner that supports accessibility to creative careers for rising talent from traditionally underrepresented communities—is teaming up with Creatively to offer mentorship and professional development to CreativelyMade grant winners. The leadership training will cover everything from how to create a career path to first-time management skills to navigating microaggressions. 

CreativelyMade also will give out a variety of exclusive prizes and special benefits to winners this year, including:

  • Free access to professional design tools from Canva
  • Free online classes from Skillshare
  • NFTs and an artist-in-residency program from HUG
  • Exclusive early access to the new KidSuper x Creatively production studio in Brooklyn
  • An exclusive collaboration with alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet

All this, plus a chance to win $5,000 each month in cash grants from Creatively. So, what are you waiting for? Post a project today to your portfolio, get votes, and watch your work rise on the weekly leaderboard. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each time you upload a new creative work (each, a “Project Submission”) to the Creatively online platform (the “Platform”) during the Contest Period (as defined below), you will be entered into the Contest.
  2. Each week during the Contest Period, Platform users, including certain members of Creatively’s team will be able to vote for their favorite Project Submissions that were uploaded to the Platform during that week by “voting” for Project Submissions. Creatively may give specific user’s “votes” more influence than other user “votes” at Creatively’s sole discretion. The top three Project Submissions that receive the most votes each week (the “Weekly Finalist”) will be entered into a pool (each a “Pool”).
  3. Each month, Creatively will select one Prize Winner from the Pool of twelve (12) Weekly Finalists from the prior four weeks.

View the full CreativelyMade rules below, as well as the FAQ’s here.

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CreativelyMade Contest Rules

​​OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

Sponsored by Creatively

BY ENTERING INTO THE PROMOTION YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT: (I) YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS; (II) YOUR ENTRY AND THE PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROMOTION WILL BE SHARED WITH CREATIVELY; (III) CREATIVELY’S USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO THE CREATIVELY’S PRIVACY POLICY AT THE LINK PROVIDED IN SECTION 17 BELOW; AND (IV) YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THAT SECTION 14 BELOW CONTAINS A BINDING CLASS ACTION WAIVER AND SECTION 16 BELOW CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE, WHICH AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1.Sponsor. 

The sponsor of the CreativelyMadeTM contest (the “Contest”) is Creatively, Inc., located at 450 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014 (“Creatively”). 

2. Acknowledgement.

As a condition of participating in the Contest, each entrant (“you”) agree: (i) to be fully and irrevocably bound by these Contest Official Rules (the “Rules”); (ii) that the Rules will be interpreted and applied by Creatively at its discretion; (iii) that all decisions made by Creatively are final and binding on you and all other participants; and (iv) that Creatively may change the Rules at any time and from time to time in its sole discretion without notice to you. Your eligibility to win a prize is conditioned on your full compliance with the Rules fulfilling all other requirements set forth in the Rules and by Creatively. 

3. Eligibility.

No purchase is necessary. The Contest is open only to individual legal residents of United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old at the time they submit an entry. The following parties are not eligible to enter: (i) Creatively and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and representatives (the “Creatively Entities”); (ii) Creatively Entities’ employees and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings, and children); and (iii) individuals living in the same household as Creatively Entities’ employees. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

4. Contest Period.

The Contest begins on July 11, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and Winners will be chosen on a monthly basis until such time that Creatively concludes the Contest, in Creatively’s sole discretion (the “Contest Period”). Project Submissions that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will not be accepted or eligible for a Prize.

5. How to Enter. 

Each time you upload a new creative work (each, a “Project Submission”) to the Creatively online platform (the “Platform”) during the Contest Period, you will be entered into the Contest. Project Submissions can be from any creative discipline listed on the Platform, including but not limited to photography, film, animation, digital art, 3D art, illustration, and live productions. For more information about submission requirements, please visit https://creatively.life/terms. Please note that each entry must be wholly original. BY SUBMITTING PROJECT SUBMISSION, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT: (A) YOUR SUBMISSION IS WHOLLY ORIGINAL AND DOES NOT INFRINGE UPON OR MISAPPROPRIATE OR OTHERWISE VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, AND (B) YOU MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN SECTION 3 HEREIN AND ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS IN THESE RULES. 

6. Number of Submissions. 

You may submit multiple different Project Submissions during the Contest Period. 

7. Selection of Winners. 

Each week during the Contest Period, Platform users and certain members of Creatively’s team will be invited to vote for their favorite Project Submissions that were uploaded to the Platform during that week by “voting” for such Project Submissions. Creatively may give specific user’s “votes” more influence than other user “votes” at Creatively’s sole discretion. Voting each week begins Monday 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and ends the following Sunday 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The top three Project Submissions that receive the most votes each week (the “Weekly Finalist”) will be entered into a pool (each a “Pool”). Each month (the “Monthly Entry Period”) our Creatively will select one winning Project Submission (each, the “Winning Project Submission”) from a Pool of the twelve (12) Weekly Finalists from the prior four weeks. Creatively will evaluate the Project Submissions based on their artistic merit and originality. 

The Winner will be the individual that is listed as the “Project Publisher” for the Winning Project Submission as of the date the Winning Project Submission was uploaded to the Platform. Creatively will not provide any Prize to and will not be liable to any other party that worked on any Winning Project Submission.

We expect the Winner will be selected promptly following the end of each Monthly Entry Period. The selection of the Winners will be conducted by Creatively, whose decisions on all matters relating to the Contest shall be final and binding. 

8. Prizes and Odds.

The Winners of the Contest will win a prize of up to $5,000 (the “Prize”). Odds of winning during any month depend on the number of eligible entries received during that Monthly Entry Period. In no event shall Creatively be obligated to award more Prizes than the number of Prizes stated in these Rules. Each Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions or transfer of the Prize are permitted, except at the sole discretion of Creatively, which reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or a portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All taxes on the Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. Once a Winner has been successfully determined pursuant to the procedures identified above, the Prize will be sent to the Winner via the Winner’s Creatively.Pay account. 

9. Ownership of Submissions. 

You shall retain ownership of your Project Submissions. Creatively and its affiliates and service providers and each of their respective licensees, successors, and assigns shall have the royalty free, worldwide right in perpetuity to use, reproduce, modify, perform, distribute, and display your submission on its website, Platform and apps and in connection with the operation, marketing and other exploitation thereof and its business generally. 

10. Notification of Winners. 

Winners will be notified by email sent to the email address associated with their profile on Creatively.life from which their Project Submission was made. Each Winner is required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within 3 days of the date the e-mail notification is sent in order to claim their Prize. Each Winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in the Rules or otherwise set forth by Creatively.

11. Disqualification and Forfeiture.

At the sole discretion of Creatively, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of alternate Winners may result from any of the following: (a) a Winner’s failure to respond to email notification within three (3) days after its transmission; (b) the return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts; (c) a Winner’s failure to provide Creatively with the Declaration of Compliance and satisfactory proof age, identity and residency; or (d) a Winner’s non-compliance with the Rules. In the event of a Prize forfeiture, Creatively may, in its sole discretion, award or not award the forfeited Prize to an alternative Winner. 

12. Publicity. 

As a condition of entry into the Contest, except where prohibited by law, each Winner, by accepting a Prize, hereby grants to Creatively a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license and right, to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use each Winner’s name, city, state and biographical material (collectively, “Licensed Rights”) in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the Winner.

13. General Conditions.

Creatively Entities are not responsible for: (a) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based upon inaccurate information provided by Winner; (b) any electronic miscommunication or failure, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit your ability to participate in the Contest or your ability to claim your Prize; or (c) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. Participation in the Contest is at your own risk. In its sole discretion, Creatively reserves its right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest for any reason. If the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, event of force majeure or other event or circumstance out of the control of Creatively, including, but not limited to, those caused by or related to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 (and all related strains and sequences) or other pandemic, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Creatively in its sole discretion, Creatively may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Rules, (b) terminate the Contest and award one or more Prizes in its sole discretion, or (c) terminate the Contest without awarding Prizes. Creatively reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the Creatively website or Platform or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Creatively reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys’ fees) and any other remedies to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Creatively to enforce any provision of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision or any other rights of Creatively. Creatively Entities are not responsible for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Rules in any way or at any time.

14. Class Action Waiver.

Except where prohibited, YOU agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.

15. Release; Limitations of Liability; Indemnification.

Your entry into this Contest constitutes your agreement to release and hold harmless the Creatively Entities and Creatively’s advertising and promotion agencies, and other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, managers, partners, employees, equity holders, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest, the Prize, and/or the Winner’s use or enjoyment of the Prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the processing of entries or in any Contest-related materials; (f) entries and responses to Winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (g) any Winner accepting, possessing, using, or misusing of any awarded Prize or any portion thereof; or (h) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from any entrant’s participation in the Contest. Under no circumstances shall the Released Parties, be responsible or liable for the Winner’s expenses, including, without limitation, tax obligations, or any other obligation of the Winner.  

Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR THE WINNER’S EXPENSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TAX OBLIGATIONS, OR ANY OTHER OBLIGATION OF THE WINNER.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF, RELATED TO, OR AS A RESULT OF THE PROMOTION EXCEED $100. YOU WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR INCREASED.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Released Parties and their successors, and assigns from and against all claims arising from: (a) your breach of these Rules; (b) your Project Submission infringing upon or misappropriating or violating the rights of any third-party, including the right of publicity of any party; and (c) the acts and omissions of any entrant and/or Winner.

16. Disputes

IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS CONTEST, EITHER PARTY SHALL FINALLY AND EXCLUSIVELY RESOLVE THE DISPUTE BY BINDING ARBITRATION GOVERNED BY THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT (“FAA”).  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Creatively in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York.

17. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

You understand and agree that information collected from you is subject to Creatively’s privacy policy located at https://creatively.life/privacy-policy, and your use of the Platform is subject to Creatively’s Terms of Use located at https://creatively.life/terms (the “Terms of Use”).

18. Winner’s List. 

To request any legally required winners’ list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (unless otherwise prohibited by local law) to Creatively, Inc., 450 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, Attn: CreativelyMade™ Contest Winners’ List. All such requests must be received within three (3) months after the end of the Contest.

19. Questions. 

If you have any questions regarding the Contest, send an e-mail to feedback@creatively.life with the subject line “CreativelyMade™ Contest.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Which projects are eligible for CreativelyMade?

CreativelyMade is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time they submit an entry (i.e. publish a project). Employees of Creatively, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Can I opt out of being a part of the weekly leaderboard?

At present, all projects submitted each week are automatically eligible to be featured on the CreativelyMade weekly leaderboard. If you have a concern about one of your projects being featured, please reach out to us at feedback@creatively.life.

How are the weekly winning projects chosen?

Each week’s CreativelyMade contest closes on Sunday 11:59pm ET, at which point the top three projects on the CreativelyMade leaderboard are automatically the weekly winners, unless any project is disqualified from consideration based on Creatively’s community guidelines and terms. Every “vote” your project receives helps elevate it to the top of the weekly leaderboard! 

How are the monthly grant winners chosen?

At the end of each month, all eligible weekly winning work from the previous month will be eligible for a cash grant up to $5,000, to be awarded at Creatively’s discretion. Project Submissions can be from any creative discipline listed on the Platform, including but not limited to photography, film, animation, digital art, 3D art, illustration, and live productions—provided they are wholly original. For more on submission requirements, see the Contest Rules.

Do I still own my CreativelyMade submissions?

Of course! We believe creatives should retain the rights to their own work, and you have sole ownership and copyright to any work you upload on Creatively. 

How can I help my project rise up the CreativelyMade leaderboard?

Every “vote” helps your project rise in the rankings, so share a link to our project with others or give it a boost on social media to encourage your friends and colleagues to give your project more votes on Creatively.

What happens if I’m in a different time zone and I post a project on Sunday after the period ends?

Each week’s CreativelyMade contest closes on Sunday 11:59pm ET, so if you post a new project after that time, you will be automatically entered into the following (current) week’s contest.

How can I tell where my project ranks?

If you navigate to your project page, you’ll see a CreativelyMade banner at the top of the page if the project is in contention for this week. In the banner, you’ll see whether your project is currently ranked within the top projects, and if you tap the “Share” icon, you’ll also be able to see how many votes you’ll need to rise to the first position on the weekly leaderboard. If your project is currently ranked in the top projects, you’ll also be able to see it on the CreativelyMade leaderboard!

How many projects can I submit to CreativelyMade each week?

As many as you’d like! Just add a new project to your Creatively portfolio, and that project will be entered into contention for that week’s CreativelyMade.

Can I resubmit the same CreativelyMade project another week if I don’t win?

Only new projects published to Creatively each week are eligible for CreativelyMade, so you’re not able to re-submit an existing project for consideration. That said, if you’ve updated one of your projects to the extent that it’s now fundamentally different, we encourage you to publish a new project featuring that new work! 

What if I collaborated with another creative and/or brand on a project that’s currently in contention for CreativelyMade?

Collaboration and giving credit for creative work is at the heart of Creatively, and we encourage you to ensure all collaborators and brands are given proper credit for their work on any creative projects on our platform. In spotlighting and celebrating our weekly winners, we will strive to credit any collaborators where possible. Should you be selected as a CreativelyMade grant winner, any money awarded is yours to keep or share with collaborators as you choose. For more on CreativelyMade submissions and eligibility, please refer to the CreativelyMade Contest Rules.

How will I get paid if I’m selected to receive a grant?

CreativelyMade grants will be awarded using CreativelyPay, the fastest way to get paid for creative work. Sign up for free here! 

From Miles Morales: Spider-Man to Moon Knight, illustrator Ron Ackins has had his hand in a few fan-favorite Marvel comics. The freelance illustrator and graphic designer has been active since 2005, operating out of Philadelphia, PA. After studying graphic design, Ackins carved out a clientele niche of streetwear/lifestyle brands, with commissioned work for Nike, The Brooklyn Circus, Salem Sportswear, and Undrcrwn, as well as multimedia companies like Sony & Roc Nation. Throughout his 17-year career, he has created everything ranging from caricatures and typography to album art, book covers, and character designs.

With his attention to detail, Ackins broke into the ever-competitive comics industry in 2013 with a short story featuring his own character, Lancaster Bleu. By 2014, Ackins penciled his first full issue of Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men Special #1. Since then, he has illustrated for Moon Knight, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Prophet, and its finale, Prophet Earth War. He has penciled for more comic imprints, including Image Comics and various independent publishers.

You can check out more of Ackins’ work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet illustrator/graphic designer, Ron Ackins

What is the first creative project you remember?

When I was nine years old, I planned an art sale. All week I drew on the back of old homework. On that Saturday, I set up a table in front of our garage for about three or four hours.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Meticulous, sublime, Black.

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Dora Milaje

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

In 2008, musical artist and style god Taz Arnold commissioned artwork for a music project he was working on. He gave me what he was looking for conceptually, but he just let me do my thing. My clients around that time were mainly interested in my skill, but Taz was the first client to commission my art.

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Buju Banton, Trust

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

I’ve been illustrating and designing an NFT for the past year with a colleague. I’ve always been aware of how nuanced my artwork can be, but this year-long course has really cemented how intricate my approach is.

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

I think we are all born creative. I just don’t think creativity is nurtured in most kids after a certain age. I think some of us are born with a creative curiosity that drives repetition and experimentation. You get good [at creativity] if you spend a lot of time experimenting.

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Uncanny X-Men

What’s the last dream you had?

I don’t remember my dreams that often anymore. But, years ago I used to have recurring dreams where I was always being chased by multiple Terminators. I could be on a date or at home in my dream, and these jokers would just hop out and chase me.

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

I hope they note that I tried to inspire and represent my people well through the stories and visuals I created.

Follow @ron.ackins on Creatively.

Creatively is more than a platform—we’re a creative collective.

Questions or feedback? Email us at feedback@creatively.life.

This Native American Heritage Day, we’re spotlighting 4KINSHIP, an Indigenous-owned sustainable artwear brand, boutique, community, and creative agency founded by Amy Denet Deal. The Diné (Navajo) designer created the brand as a way of honoring her ancestral lands of New Mexico. Founded in 2015, 4KINSHIP was the product of Denet Deal’s nearly four decades of experience in the fashion industry and a personal journey into reconnecting with her Indigenous roots. Within 4KINSHIP’s brick-and-mortar storefront in Santa Fe’s Canyon Road, the space hosts Denet Deal’s upcycled garments, vintage clothing, and curated goods from over 10 Indigenous artisans and designers.

But 4KINSHIP goes beyond business: Denet Deal weaves in community support in any way she can. In 2019, Denet Deal moved to New Mexico to reintegrate with her tribe right before the pandemic struck, and spent 2020 providing mutual aid relief for relatives on Navajo Nation. 4KINSHIP’s most recent fundraising effort is for Diné Skate Garden Project, a skatepark built for Diné youth within the remote Two Grey Hills community on Navajo Nation. Sponsored by DC Shoes, Vans, and The Skatepark Project (formerly the Tony Hawk Foundation), the Diné Skate Garden Project reached its fundraising goal in partnership with singer/songwriter Jewel and the Inspiring Children Foundation. 4KINSHIP previously collaborated with Jewel, a long-time supporter of the brand, on limited edition hand-dyed sweatsuits for her brand, Songlines by Jewel.

Whether it is by stocking Native history books within the store, hosting live events, or designing eclectic fashion, 4KINSHIP is a transformative hub to explore Indigenous history and celebrate Native culture.

You can check out more of 4KINSHIP’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet designer and activist, Amy Denet Deal of 4KINSHIP

What is the first creative project you remember?

Creating a custom wardrobe for my dolls when I was little, made from flowers.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

JOYFUL. ECLECTIC. UTILITARIAN.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Working with my daughter Lily. We started this brand together when she was a teenager, and she will always be the heart behind the brand. I wanted to create a business model that not only honored her future on this planet but reconnected us to our indigeneity.

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

Diné Skate Garden Project. I started this project to provide Navajo youth with health and wellness tools by helping the community build a skate park. But as the project progressed, I realized it was also a way for me to heal and honor my birth mom and come to terms with the trauma she and many relatives experienced in boarding school.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

Creativity is in each of us in unique ways. We all start off with joyful play as children, which often fades. It takes focus to keep this joyfulness in our days by doing what you are truly passionate about. I can’t wait to wake up every day to create.

What’s the last dream you had?

In the last dream I had, I was a shepherd with sheep that could fly.

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

That our company was not just built on sustainable processes in fashion but was also a platform to create sustainable solutions for future generations.

Follow @4KINSHIP on Creatively.

Creatively is more than a platform—we’re a creative collective.

Questions or feedback? Email us at feedback@creatively.life.

Watch Tanyka Renee Teach Intro to Canva

New to Canva? Learn how to bring your ideas to life with the easy-to-use visual communication tool for everyone from pilot, explorer, and content maven Tanyka Renee—joined by Canva Art Director Catie Takimoto.

“Your creativity is special. Dive into it!”

— Tanyka Renee, Pilot, Explorer, and Content Maven

In this class, you’ll discover how to use the Canva editor and find all the graphics, videos, and elements you need to design in one place. You’ll also get expert tips and insights to start designing your social content, presentations, videos, and more with Canva.

Tanyka has worked as a health and fitness journalist, Playboy model, former pro-athlete, author, and pilot, as well as the founder of D2B Holistic, a holistic nutritional service designed to create balance from the inside out. Most recently, she traveled to more than 100 countries aiming to create space for people to heal through teaching others about self-love in a “true to self” lifestyle. 

“When I tell you it’s easy, it’s easy.”

— Tanyka Renee, Pilot, Explorer, and Content Maven

Note: The promo code for 6 months FREE of Canva Pro featured during this class expires March 2023, so create your account here to take advantage!

Watch Rachel Motley Teach Designing with Canva

Learn how to use Canva for professional design work from Rachel Motley, a multidisciplinary artist who has worked for Nike and the NBA—joined by Canva Creative Industries Lead Andrew Johnstone. 

“I want to deconstruct the stigma that Canva is only for beginners.”

Rachel Motley, Multidisciplinary Artist

This class showcases how you can use Canva to set up templates, collaborate with clients, and organize all of your design projects in one place. 

While Motley specializes in digital illustration, her practices additionally include garment customization, graphic design, painting, product design and creative direction. She has worked with global brands like Coach, where she custom-painted a jacket for Michael B. Jordan, as well as the New York Knicks, ESPN, Nike, the NBA, MACRO, Kyrie 11, and others.

“I use Canva for everything.”

Rachel Motley, Multidisciplinary Artist


Note: The promo code for 6 months FREE of Canva Pro featured during this class expires March 2023, so create your account here to take advantage!

Watch Jackie Gebel Teach Canva for Video

Get tips to easily create dynamic videos with Canva from Jackie Gebel, culinary explorer and content creator—joined by Canva’s Creative Lead for Video, Max Nolan.

“Having high-quality videos will elevate your brand and help you reach new people.”

Jackie Gebel, Video Editor and Content Creator

Video is an essential creative tool when it comes to social storytelling and promoting your brand. In this class, you’ll learn how to use Canva’s easy-to-use video features, including a user-friendly timeline, preset animations, and an extensive library of video and audio. 

Jackie Gebel has built a dynamic career ideating powerful, strategic, and inspiring narratives with clients like Food Network, Zagat, Eater, Absolut Vodka, Samsung, and more. Growing up with a Latinx and Jewish background, Jackie has leveraged her authentic desire to learn about cultures through experiences and cuisines and cultivated a die-hard fan base around the world. Her mission is to form connections wherever she goes through both a culinary and creative lens. 

“I like to use templates to keep my videos consistent…it makes everything look so professional.”

Jackie Gebel, Video Editor and Content Creator


Note: The promo code for 6 months FREE of Canva Pro featured during this class expires March 2023, so create your account here to take advantage!

Watch Hannah Harris Teach Growing Your Business with Canva

Learn how to collaborate with clients and set up your business for success from Hannah Harris, marketer, creator, and speaker—joined by Canva Design Educator Katy Hearne-Church.

“Branding is extremely important…you want to make sure you are staying consistent in all of your touchpoints.”

Hannah Harris, Content Creator, Speaker, and Marketing Consultant

With Canva, you can collaborate with anyone from anywhere. In this class, you’ll discover how Canva can support your growing creative business with brand kits and controls, easy asset sharing, and more. Explore Canva’s unique solutions—whether you’re using it for your own brand or working closely with clients on a project. In this class, you’ll learn how to harness Canva to streamline and grow your business.

Hannah Harris works at the intersection of beauty, culture, and community as the founder of Brown Girl Hands, an inclusive content studio working to diversify imagery in the beauty industry and beyond. She also serves on the Equity Committee for the Fashion Scholarship Fund, the organization that oversees Virgil Abloh’s “Post-Modern” Scholarship. 

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The next time you enter a bookstore, multidisciplinary artist Rachelle Baker is hoping that you judge a book by its cover.

From Detroit, MI, Baker’s multidisciplinary skills range from relief printing (screenprinting, linoleum, and woodcutting) to illustration, comic art, video art, and music. Her creative inspirations are derived from women in turn-of-the-21st-century R&B music videos, the sound of yawning cats, and Shoujo manga.

While Baker has been drawing for over 27 years, the Capricorn (with a Scorpio moon) is no stranger to experimenting with new creative ventures. In the past four years, Baker has excelled in one of her latest niches: book cover illustration. Her artistry adorns fiction and nonfiction covers including “Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream” by Blair Imani from Ten Speed Press, “Shirley Chisholm is a Verb” by Veronica Chambers from Dial Books/Penguin Random House, and “Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds from Little, Brown Young Readers.

Other creative collaborations have included publications and media houses like The New York Times, National Geographic, Variety Magazine, Complex Magazine, MTV, and Playboy. Yet Baker doesn’t exclusively work within the media world; notable clients include NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Ulta Beauty.

You can check out more of Baker’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet illustrator, Rachelle Baker

What is the first creative project you remember?

I drew a “Frog and Toad Together” comic in my second-grade class for a project. It was the first time I remember being fully invested and consumed by my creativity as a child.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Dreamy. Musical. Hopeful.

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Intentions

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Working on “Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb” with Veronica Chambers was amazing. It was my first job working on a children’s book, so I went wild with colors and a different art style. I illustrated the life and story of such an incredible icon. I also drew my niece into one of the illustrations, so it was fun seeing her face when she opened the book for the first time and recognized herself.

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Shirley Chisholm Is A Verb

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

All of my creative projects teach me to value my time and talent more. The more fun and freedom I can have, the more I love the finished product.

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

I think that everyone is born with creativity, but it is something that can be stunted and lost. Teaching creativity can be hard, but fostering and nurturing it within yourself and others is the best thing you can do!

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Elle Decor, March 2021

What’s the last dream you had?

I’ve been having a lot of bad dreams/nightmares lately, but the last good dream I had was a recurring one where I’m riding through the woods on the back of a giant black cat at dawn.

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Gucci Guardian

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

I just hope that people can see the beauty that I see in them translated into my work and that it inspired them to make something beautiful of their own.

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Sebastien Courty is reinventing how the art world views textile art. Fascinated by the diversity of craftsmanship that textiles offer, Courty’s work is a decorative art approach. The play of texture, material, and color allows him to reimagine textiles by using traditional crafts such as weaving, embroidery, or batik.

Beginning his practice with silks, he now works with more prestigious and unexpected elements such as banana fiber, tobacco leaf, gemstones, and 24K gold threads. More recently, Courty has adopted a thread-drawing technique, laying precious threads next to one another to create 2D visuals, as seen in his “United Women” series.

Originally from France, Courty now works from his Brooklyn-based textile art studio. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including “White Print” in Paris, “Non Washable” and “Angles in Cubism” in New York, “Unknown Empire” in Beijing and the internationally-acclaimed “Totem – A Wall’s Jewelry” in Dubai, France, and New York. Earlier this year, Courty received a CODA Award for his work “Saudi Unity,” a series of twelve totems for the US Consulate in Dhahran.

You can check out more of Courty’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet textile artist, Sebastien Courty

What is the first creative project you remember?

The first creative project that I worked on was right after I finished art school in Paris. I was about 20 years old and organized my first “Textile Art” exhibition. Back then, I was obsessed with silk. I remember using iron and copper sheets to rust and deteriorate the fabric, burning the edges, and using concrete or plaster to shape it a certain way. I even used melted wax on painted silk to create new textures. It was messy and experimental; I loved it! Now, I work with more prestigious and unexpected elements such as banana fiber, tobacco leaf, or 24-karat gold threads. But my first desire in any of my creations is always to combine precious, elegant, and refined components with something rough, dirty, and unrefined.

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INDIA Totem, “Totem – A Wall’s Jewelry”

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Delicate, conversational, and multicultural.

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

A collaboration that was truly fulfilling was the “Gold Shirt” tribute to Nelson Mandela. Inspired by one of many batik silk shirts Mandela used to wear, I designed a shirt entirely handmade with 24-karat gold threads. From the handwoven fabric to the hand-embroidered patterns, the shirt became a mesmerizing sculpture. Honoring Nelson Mandela’s legacy and wisdom, the gold represented his tenacity, his energy, and his rarity—everything this man was to all of humanity. In collaboration with Johnathan Schultz and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa, this shirt was in production for nearly a year.

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The Gold Shirt

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

The beauty of being an artist is that every single project teaches me something new and enables me to discover an aspect of myself I didn’t know I had. The most important thing I had to learn is that whatever project or new work of art I am working on, I shouldn’t stop or give up until it is accomplished. No matter how many doubts arise during the creative process, I need to see things through and complete the work. Only then will I have a full understanding of the work and what to do next. The series of portraits created using the thread-drawing technique is, by far, the most challenging collection of them all. This technique consists in laying precious threads next to one another to create a 2D visual. Drawing with a thread is a technique I developed recently and as easy as it may sound, it was months of dilemmas. My creations are meticulous and require much patience which is sometimes disheartening. I found out that my curiosity was stronger than my patience. The excitement that drives me to see a new artwork for the first time pushes me to finish the job and keep the productivity going.

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Lupita Nyong’o thread-drawing

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

I was definitely born with it. I have been really creative since I can remember and I am sure my mom could share a couple of fun stories. That being said creativity is one thing, mastering one’s art is another. Practice and hard work are essential to living off your creativity. I practiced, failed, practiced again, and failed again until learning from my mistake became a pleasant part of the creation process, and an essential path to success.

What’s the last dream you had?

I find it very difficult to recall my dreams. The last one I remember quite clearly was about travel. I think I had the power to teleport myself or some sort, and in the blink of an eye, I could be in any location of my choosing. I believe it started in Singapore; I was discussing with a friend about the logistics for an upcoming exhibition. I, later, seemed to be in Dubai where I was working on a large art installation for a lobby of an office building. I, then, went to Japan to purchase a large quantity of 24 karat gold and silver threads to finally ended up in Central Park eating a hotdog… go figure!

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

When I decided to specialize my practice in textile and fiber I wanted to challenge people’s minds. Textiles transcend the dimensions in which design encounters art in a prospective muse. My vision of textile art moves fabric-based works beyond the category of woven tapestry into a more conceptual practice that embraces strategies otherwise found in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Not limited to fibers, my work encompasses any materials that allow thread-drawing or hand-weaving methods inter alia to invent contemporary textile art.

One hundred years from now I hope people will look at my work and realize that textile has indeed its place in front of the art scene, in art galleries and art collections. More than critics from the art world and art lovers, I hope to inspire new textile and fiber artists around the world. I hope to convey a certain confidence and proof that working with textiles and fiber is recognized and appreciated as much as any other art form.

From a different point of view related to the subject of my work, I want my creations to bring a voice to communities that need to be heard and cultures that deserve to be celebrated. I want questions to be asked and answered. I want my work to open conversation and debates, but most importantly I want my work to emphasize a feeling of mutual respect and personal expression. My work is an invitation to travel and discover parts of the world one has yet to explore.

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Call it eavesdropping or art, but artist and illustrator Colin Tom‘s “Overheard New York: Lurking Along Canal Street” series is a damning characterization of downtown NYC culture. As a cartoonist for The New Yorker, Tom embeds his acute observation of social environments and translates individual soundbites of conversations from passersby into ironic vignettes.

“Overheard New York” is but one of the several New Yorker cartoons that Tom has contributed since 2015. Illustratively, he often incorporates objects that he’s drawn repetitiously to the point of iconography, mixing and matching forms to create a punchline that is just out of reach. Tom flexes his keen observation skills to work individual human truths into broad tropes that warrant Instagram Story reshares.

Tom has participated in several fine art and design exhibitions in New York, Mexico, and Paris. He has also worked on visual branding and design for Mumford Brewery, a Los Angeles independent brewery; Bitchin’ Sauce, a family-owned and operated almond-based dip company; and Burrow, a modern furniture company.

You can check out more of Tom’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet artist and illustrator, Colin Tom, Photographed by Chris Herity

What is the first creative project you remember?

When I was four years old, I had a magnetic drawing board on that I could draw an image and then quickly erase when I pulled the slider across the board. I would draw, erase, and repeat, like I was getting repetitions in. I drew fast and communicatively, almost like I was writing. I would gravitate toward recurring images and characters. My first distinct memory of that time was drawing a circle with a face, stick figure arms and legs, and a line across the midsection to represent pants. That was my first character.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Broadly, personal, lines.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

The ongoing practice of drawing cartoons for The New Yorker is the most fulfilling collaboration I work on. There aren’t any prompts or guidance from the editors, really. I give them drawings, and they’re accepted or they aren’t. (The majority of submissions aren’t.) It’s fulfilling in the sense that what gets published is all me, and what I draw is often hyper-personal within a broader trope. I’m always honored to have these drawings included in a magazine with such accomplished writers and artists.

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What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

I did a long-form piece for The New Yorker titled “Overheard New York: Lurking Along Canal Street,” in which I was asked to sleuth around an area of New York and illustrate snippets of overheard conversation. My chosen area of Canal Street and the environments I observed were just an extension of my personal life. It’s an area I bartended in, socialized, skateboarded, and ate Chinese food in for a decade. The publication and positive response to the project reinforced the idea of creatively staying within myself. Nobody can do you as well as you, so work with what you know, even when you feel a self-constructed or external pressure to make something more than just yourself.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

I think some people are born with certain compulsions that can be channeled into a creative outlet. Showing up is half the battle of any practice, and if you show up out of necessity rather than choice, you can be a prolific creative. That being said, everyone has their own perspective and can create. Even if you think you’re objectively bad at something, that can be your edge if you apply it properly. Creativity can certainly be taught and learned; it’s just a matter of whether that person is motivated to continue showing up and chipping away at it.

What’s the last dream you had?

My alarm sounds, and I wake up early to answer emails in my underwear while I’m eating breakfast. I sit at my laptop, locked in for hours, still in my underwear, and work through my most tedious obligations with militant discipline. I feel very “Wow, look at me; I’m doing this” about it. Then my alarm sounds in real life, and I’m late, and everything is overdue.

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

That I resonated with people. That I illuminated something in them that helped them feel something in themselves. That I look great for a centurion, and I shouldn’t take any written criticism of my work personally.

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“Create your own reality.” Annie Bercy‘s Instagram bio doubles as her job description. The Haitian-American director, editor, and photographer is part of an era-defining wave of concept-driven visual artists that combine visual ingenuity with sociocultural commentary. Bercy often taps into her experience growing up in New York City, as well as the local underground music and fashion culture, to narrate stories shaping the current zeitgeist in music, advertising, and the arts.

Self-taught and motivated by curiosity, Bercy creates conceptual works that are simultaneously socially conscious and visually progressive. The multihyphenate is not defined by a singular aesthetic, but by energy and atmosphere. Her inspiration ranges from ‘90s high-gloss fashion films to ‘50s vignettes of showgirl glamour.

Bercy has collaborated with renowned R&B and hip-hop artists such as Cardi B, Ciara, SZA, and Tinashe. In 2021, she directed her first narrative work for Hulu’s Your Attention Please. Notable commercial clients include Gucci, Prada, MAC Cosmetics, Parkwood Entertainment, Shea Moisture, Vogue, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

You can check out more of Bercy’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

Meet director, editor, and photographer, Annie Bercy

What is the first creative project you remember?

The first creative project I remember was creating my first music video in 2017 for a song named “Exercise” by Saint Cassius. We set up lights, hazed up an old boxing gym, and captured our talent working out in a sultry and cinematic way. My shot list was written on the spot on a crumbled piece of paper. I still think it came out pretty great.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Colorful, theatric, and dreamy.

Bernard James, Mixed Emotions

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Working with Hulu’s production on my first short film, “Riley.” I had originally written it for a passing grade in my Thesis Screenwriting class. COVID-19 hit a semester later during Thesis Production when my classmates and I were supposed to spend shooting our thesis scripts. I was at risk of failing because my script couldn’t be shot during the pandemic. I would have to rewrite my script and shoot it in the same semester, even though it took me months to write it in the first place! Luckily, Hulu reached out to me mid-semester, inquiring if I could write a narrative for an upcoming episode of Your Attention Please.

“Amazing! I actually have a script right here!”

Through the pre-production process, I was forced to alter the script seven to eight times to adhere to COVID guidelines and restrictions but the pressure to turn the script around in a short time frame while simultaneously locking in location, schedule, art, cast, mood boards and so forth to meet a TV deadline motivated me to wake up every morning and get to it. What a challenge! I worked with an entirely new crew, had to be assertive and apply myself on a daily basis. It was a hectic shooting weekend but working with different people in the profession (from producers to art department to editors) and seeing the script pages of “Riley” come to life was such a transformative experience. It was my first long-form scripted film, and I would love to work on another short film soon.

And yes, I passed my classes with flying colors.

Hulu, Riley

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

Reviewing my work as a whole thus far, I learned that I have the ability to communicate to different people to execute one singular vision. Despite the different crews that I work with and the different things that each person on each team brings to the table, you are still able to see my “touch.” I believe there isn’t a sole genius, but a scenius, which is defined as the intelligence of a group of people. What I deliver, despite what work ties back to my identity and perspective, has touches of ideas and input from the people I surround myself with. I love that most.

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

I’m 70/30 on this one. I think that creativity is certainly something that you’re born with. Your creativity starts shining when you develop a personality as a kid. I remember always thinking outside the box growing up. I loved making things. I loved writing. I loved getting new notebooks and filling the pages with stories, journal entries and drawings as a kid. When I was in middle and high school, I would dress up with my friends from school or church and shoot portraits and videos of each other on my BlackBerry cellphone (or whichever technology was out at the time).

At the same time, if you are willing, creativity can be taught. After the “photo shoots,” I’d rush home to a photo editing website and learn how to edit all our favorite photos. I taught myself how to use Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut Pro, and a few Adobe programs such as Premiere Pro, Lightroom, After Effects, and Photoshop. The types of tools I worked with at the time didn’t matter because I envisioned a bigger picture and wanted to see it through. If I had an idea, I would push myself to learn how to make it happen. I was eager to ask questions, learn, and practice—all while having fun! Attaining newfound knowledge pushed me to think of new ideas to execute. Now, here I am today, doing what I love for a living. I’m creating art, challenging myself, and still learning more and more. I am constantly evolving. I’m really happy that I explored all of my interests growing up, because I believe you are what you are exposed to. The sky is the limit, but only if you are open!

Aimee Song for Prada FW21

What’s the last dream you had?

When I was younger, I loved playing Sims. (Sims 1, 2, 3, 4, you name it.) But I didn’t care for the families I created; my favorite part was building and designing houses. My first dream was to be an architect or interior designer. As the years went on and I fell into directing, the set design was always at the forefront. I loved transforming spaces to match the vibe of the music. I found inspiration in the little things, whether window displays, places I traveled, or photos I saw on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I traveled to Atlantic City in the summer of 2020 and stayed at a hotel on the strip. The hotel, in my opinion, was lifeless. And yet, we were paying over $200 a night simply because it was closest to excursions and nightlife. One night I walked around the ballroom and dining areas and observed how boring they looked. I dreamt of how I would go about this hotel, given the space, then started thinking about designing my own hotel from the inside out. I decided my dream was to open up my own hotel franchise when I got older. It would be a colorful, inspiring, intricate space that took people far away from wherever they came from, even if it was down the block! I want to have an effect on people in such a way that they look at their own lives through a different lens.

I like directors and production designers that are detail-oriented and think outside the box. That’s why I love media pioneers such as Nadia Lee Cohen, Jora Frantzis, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Kanye, Colin Tiley, Stillz, SZA, Christian Breslauer, Virgil Abloh, Dave Meyers, Hype Williams, Tanu Munio, Nigo, and Cliqua so much. They represent the caliber of focus, creativity, consistency, and detail I want to achieve in my directing career and later have that spill out into a physical place people can access and experience beyond their screens. Each person I mentioned is an expert on world-building (the creation of an entirely new fictional world). It’s so important to take people out of their element, out of their comfort zone, out of their current reality, even if it’s just for a moment. Maybe that’s why I love to travel! I forget the world I live in and embrace the new one I’m experiencing. I take it all in. The world is so much bigger than where our minds can take us. The world is so much bigger than our backyards! Time and time again, it has been proven that anything and everything a human being can imagine can exist, as long as they have the determination to see it through.

I have many dreams. I dream of constantly creating and bringing my (and other people’s) ideas to life. I dream to execute. I dream of being and showcasing myself. I dream to be in love, not only in my relationships but with my career and life. We only have one life to live. Why not make it a fantasy?

Annie Bercy for Glossier + Femme It Forward

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

It’s hard for me to answer that question; I actually think it’s too soon to say. I feel like I haven’t yet tapped into my true potential. As of right now, I want to simply inspire people that have found me and are following my career journey to follow their hearts and passions to the fullest.

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