We had the good fortune of connecting with Chardé McGraw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chardé, how do you think about risk?
I think the biggest risk of all is deciding to find yourself, and through art you can discover a lot within.
Risks are what they are, you just have to decide who you are. Can you stand the high risk mountain you are climbing? Or are you someone who needs to operate on a level plane? It’s okay either way but ultimately the bigger risk takers make the papers.
I maneuver through life focused on personal goals, and pursuing them while honoring those who love me and I love back (to the best of my ability and given circumstances). Risk means so much when we weigh it by time, money, and energy– At the end of the day, you are using these things regardless… Why not put them towards your goals and aspirations? The possibility of not meeting your expectations or not having energy reciprocated are the losses that come to my mind. I look at risk as “Yes” “No’” “Maybe” trial and errors. Lessons learned and story expanding moments. I’m 25, if I waited until then to do what I want to do now, what would be the difference?
Read that twice.
Risk breeds responsibility and response control. Response control shapes an individual.
These are challenging qualities I value most in myself that fuel my life decisions and professional preferences.
Resets and new beginnings are all apart of my risk list. I tend to lose what I valued but it turns out okay because as I begin again I find that what I valued most will always repeat in the cycles of growth— and I say its growth because trying again is always a step up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the most excited about Modeling and Production. That includes the initial idea, the waves that come with your vision, the execution of turning the idea into reality… SO many different elements that make a finished piece a product (sound deisgn, music, color scale… etc. the chef’s kiss!). I love the collaborative efforts and alignments with other. creatives. It requires cheering on and building up, these are not done so easily but for those of us who do it naturally — it can appear that way. I have to journal a LOT to undo the ravels of fear and anxiousness. Sometimes it takes seconds, most times a few hours, in the worst of times I can be down a whole Season but the goal is to never quit.
My message to the world is to own up to yourself. To know that I am me, me is my brand and All in All I am enough… with Diamonds.
My life story is my own and no one ele’s. It can be entertaining, sure, but my lows are real and they hurt. I’m allowed to hurt. I am allowed to human no matter how beautifully statured I am to the outsider. I’m allowed to be proud, because I am free. My freedom to choose, express, and present are that of my own and that’s that.
I’ve been blessed with growing up around solid people who go for what they want and I’ve had a lot of elders pour wisdom into our streets that resonated with my soul so I kept it locked in. I listen really easy now, but only hold in what holds true to goodness and being kind.
I’m an advocate for survivors and warriors. I learned that when the women I connect with trust me to have their back against abusers and also support them and their joy. The people I help, see, hear, and feel are all apart of my art, brand, and story.
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?
Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Runyun Canyon.
I would go for long drives. I’m someone who enjoys the view from a vehicle and places I can be barefoot in. The most exciting people are those you help. They possess something for you, every time. They come as an automatic blessing as soon as you give in to service heartedness if that makes any sense at all.
SN: I keep hearing that I should take mushrooms and enjoy Joshua Tree but I haven’t done it yet. Yosemite is another place I want to visit (but haven’t) so I just recommend it to people all the time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Grandma Claudia, My Momma Rachell and all Mother’s who’ve nurtured me , Prayer to My Heavenly Father.
“Don’t Worry About Anything. (Be Anxious in Nothing) Instead, Pray About Everything.”
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Los Angeles Film School