We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Ferguson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bria, what is the most important factor behind your success?
My biggest success factor has been God and therapy. Throughout my career I always took on the mindset of “I can do this myself” , “I don’t need anyone else but me” but that’s not true. I believe we all need some sort of support system and Spiritual connection to guide us even in the darkest moments. I have wanted to end my career numerous times over the past decade but one thing that has kept me going is God and having a therapist to help me manage my anxiety and life triggers/ stressors. It’s easy to say we can do it all but it’s actually not fun navigating alone having support and real connection will take you farther than most may think.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is I’m not afraid to be transparent and share the knowledge that I have learned over the years. I’m also not afraid to do it. My proudest moment was starting my series composition on my YouTube channel because it allowed me to live out one of my childhood dreams of creating a series that was mine and from the heart. Composition is essentially a page out of one of my own personal composition notebooks sharing stories about others to inspire and bring about community.
I am here today because a photography teacher in high school, as scary as she was, confirmed a gift I had long before that class by hanging up my first photo project in my high school for all 4 years and beyond after I graduated. That’s when I knew I had something to share. I believe that’s why as scary as it is sometimes to share my journey it’s been easier because I knew who I was before B nix even came to life.
I’ve learned that asking for help is important but also being unapologetic about who I am is key to staying authentic. I don’t care what people think about what I’m doing. I want them to feel inspired and want to go after it. It’s not fun doing things along and I want to bring others along for the ride.
I hope people, especially artists of color, see that with passion and commitment that no matter what your story does matter. And that knowledge is not only power but a stepping stone to help others. I want people to know that I didn’t get here by going viral or playing it safe. I’m where I am now because I have a fight in me that no one can take away because I love what I do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Dubai , we would get picked up in a baby blue Rolls Royce and take tons of selfies and scenery images from the car. we would arrive at an exclusive resort with water views and pretty cocktails greeted to us as we entered. Then we would go skiing in the desert and probably scream as we go down multiple hills. Then to end the night we would go to a famous restaurant and order half the menu .
No matter where you go it’s all about the food and the history of various locations in the city. My favorite place I have been was Amsterdam. I took a day trip and I love chicken and waffles. I tried that out and then took 2 forms of transportation: the bus and the train to experience the city and people.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is hard because I’ve gotten so much support over the years from numerous people. But I would have to say my dad. Many don’t know this but he is one of the reasons I love what I do and how I’ve done it. Growing up he always would share stories from his childhood or his life in general that would have me glued to my seat. And I just always thought if I could turn that into a visual story what would that look like? We sit and watch behind the scenes of how things were created and he just kept feeding that idea of another world of fantasy that there is always something bigger than this world.
Personal Photo: Phil Eich All other images are my creation and design ie. B NIX PHOTOGRAPHY