We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Aisha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Yes! I’d say if you can’t stop thinking about your dream and you feel it’s your purpose in life, never give up. Sometimes we feel stagnant and don’t see any growth. It’s always okay to take a step back, look at the full picture and proceed. If you feel it’s draining and you had enough then I say put it on the back burner and find joy in something else you love. Sometimes in our art we have to take necessary breaks to find inspiration again. Or the inspiration finds us, right? You can always come back to it. It’s been times personally I wanted to quit photography but I am always drawn back in. That’s how I know I can’t quit. We all reach success differently and we all have our own idea of it. With that being said less comparing helps with pushing towards YOUR goal and never giving up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started shooting about 11 years ago and sometime within the last 7 years I decided to take it even more seriously. I knew once I made it to LA I wanted to make a career out of it. I saw how many possibilities I had living in a major city and wanted to move wisely. My personal work is mainly focused on black culture and my professional work is usually fashion photography. I love being able to take an idea and bring that concept into reality. Living in LA of course there is a lot of competition but I believe what is for me is for me. I’ve learned to stay consistent and passionate about my work if I want to see real progress.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I believe the people are what make a time great, not particularly the place. However LA has something for everyone it feels like. There’s always beaches, a great concert to attend, cute places for drinks and great weather. I’m usually in a gallery or museum ( The Underground Museum, MOCA, Paris Texas Gallery etc). Lastly trading posts and farmers markets and necessary!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to show love to my father for introducing me into photography and my mom for making sure I practice some sort of art medium faithfully. Also thank you to my friends who would model for me and help me build a portfolio.