We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna Keaton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brianna, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Adjust, adapt, overcome.” A quote I often heard growing up from my dad when things didn’t go as planned or wanted. As a kid it was one of the worst things to hear because of course I had my heart set on whatever it was at the time, and super disappointed when those words were spoken. As an adult, repeating those words mean so much more, because there is a strength in understanding each word. Adjusting your perspective or attitude, adapting to whatever changes you may have to so you can overcome and see another perspective from where you once were. It helps tremendously when dealing with disappointment. Instead of becoming bent out of shape because one thing didn’t go your way, or feeling faced with a situation you do not have much control over, repeating to yourself “adjust, adapt, overcome” is just a stronger version of your regular “oh well, it is what it is” quote. It helps you realize that you are not settling for less, just for what is in that moment. You are also learning how to problem solve once you apply it to any situation you find yourself in.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Humble Tees L.A. was created generally to inspire my peers and others around me. I think life has a way of warping some people’s realities and disassociating them with where they came from , where they are now, and where they could be. Remaining humble was one of the most important things I grew up being taught because it kept me grounded. But I learned it is easier said than done when you have not gone through any life changing experiences. In 2015 I lost a sibling to gun violence and it completely reshaped my views on life, the world, and the people around me. I lived in the reality that this type of thing had no way to exist because of how I was raised. Boy was I wrong. I still cannot believe this happened to me or my family, never thought in a million years it could happen. Losing my sibling really made me think about the value of life, and how quickly things can change.

Seeing people around me and on social media who were influenced more by things that could easily be left behind physically pushed me to want to create a visual message about appreciating life and remembering values that are easily forgotten. My grieving process allowed me to create an outlet via fashion for someone else who may be going through something and just needing words of wisdom to live by or a reminder. I started writing down quotes, Bible verses and affirmations that were helping me daily, and thought what better way to spread the word daily but on a t-shirt. So I started uniquely graphic designing these words of wisdom, (our most popular being the “HUMBLE” tee) since someone is always going to be looking, give them something to look at. You never know how it may affect the reader or the person who chose to put on the item of wisdom that day.

I had the opportunity to work and be taken in and by a fashion designer who had been in the industry for over 20+ years. Watching how he operated his business and went through the process of planning, designing, and marketing I thought it would be easy at first. I thought hey, I could just design these words on a t-shirt and see if they’ll sell. Throwing myself into entrepreneurship without understanding exactly the ins and outs of how to run a business, how to gain and and maintain an audience was a challenge, along with trusting who could help spread the positive wisdom I was aiming to share.

Everyday there is something to be learned, but the most important has been maintaining consistency, and making sure everything is continually designed with the purpose of getting your attention. There are some days I don’t feel confident in what I am designing, but I have to remind myself I have gotten this far with changing someone’s life somewhere, and it keeps me going.

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?
Some of my favorite spots to eat in the city range from eating at Dirt Dog in Los Angeles near USC, Fiesta Martin Bar & Grill in Inglewood, Fat Sals in Hollywood, Benito’s Tacos in West LA, LAX Tacos in Inglewood, or Simply Wholesome in Windsor Hills.

There’s no better spot to hang than at the beaches when the weather is awesome, from Huntington Beach, Bluff Park to Malibu, anything with an ocean view is the best place to hang. One of my ultimate favorite places is hanging at Skyspace LA where you stand 70 stories high in awe of the Downtown LA skyline especially during sunset, at the US Bank Tower. Definitely a place I recommend every time someone comes to visit the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest supporters are definitely my family. They have always been extremely encouraging of whatever it is I set my mind to as if they too can see the direct vision and outcome of what goal is in my head and that helps every single day with continuing with what I do. They are my cheerleaders, consultants, stylists, photographers and so much more. I ultimately want to dedicate my success to my late grandfather Dr. Henry L.N. Anderson, who had the biggest impact with how to accept my dreams were never too big and to be proud of whatever I choose to do because he was the same way. He created his own lane and legacy that impacted so many people worldwide from family to strangers with his writing, teaching, and serving. The way he remained vigilant in making sure that whatever he did impacted someone’s life (mine included) in the most positive way ever inspired me to want to bring the same amount of gratitude spoken and unspoken to someone else. His influence alone helped push the desire within the family especially his grandchildren, to create a continued legacy for future generations to be proud of.

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