We had the good fortune of connecting with Geovanna Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Geovanna, how do you think about risk?
You always have to take a risk. I feel as though me waking up one day and deciding I want to start a business was a risk in itself. I don’t come from a background where people own businesses, but I come from a background of hustlers. In the process I’ve taken a lot of risk and what I’ve learned from it is that if you don’t try you don’t know what will work for you and your business. Growing up I seen my mom take a lot of risk to ensure I always came out on top. I lost my dad when I was six so seeing my mom hustle and make sure I didn’t miss out on nothing plays a big role in the risk I take when it comes to my business.
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.
A lot of the art I produce is based on my emotions and a lot of things I go through and see other go through. My art is a way of venting for me. It’s like painting an ugly situation into this beautiful portrait which makes me see the brighter sides. Support from the people around me and just constantly promoting myself even when I feel like no one else is helping in the promoting process. I’ve been in the art game for some time now and it’s not easy at all and I don’t expect it to be; I mean growth is hard and uncomfortable. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is to always try and not to give up and understand that everyone is not going to be happy for you, but don’t allow that to stunt your growth. I want the world to know that I put my best foot forward in all my products and in all that I do, and I love what I do because of how happy people are when they receive their products.
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 for sure hit the beach downtown Long Beach would be my beach of choice and hit up Sharkeez as that’s one of my favorite bars. I love Venice as well the area is dope I love good vibes and fast pace places.
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?
I really want to give a shoutout to my Mom for always pushing me and making sure I am always the best version of myself as well as my authentic self. I have seen her sacrifice so much not only for me but for the people that she love. I always pray for the heart and patience that she has. Like she always make sure everybody around her is good no-matter how they may have treated her. I’d also like to give a shoutout to an old friend Benson he had a lot to do with the growth of me and my business. He bought me my first heat press machine back in 2013 and I have just been progressing since then. I also would like to give a shoutout to my family/ friends and clientele who support me without question.