We had the good fortune of connecting with Jada Theyduh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jada, 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?
I know I have to at least write down an idea even if I find its not a very good one. You have to make a lot of mistakes before you really feel like you’ve gotten something how you want it. I pick up hobbies and then put them down like a toddler in a toy isle. I know to keep going when I’m having fun and to give up when my passion starts to feel like a chore. Example: Resin art. That shit takes forever!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m Jada. I am my art, and my art is me. I founded cryptidz.org at 19 years old after running many blogs and side-projects over the years. Presently, while writing, I am 22. I was, “the only goddamned employee-“, but recently my fiancé has joined in on helping run my webstore. My passion is simple: I want to enjoy making art. When I make art, I’m happy. When I give, trade, or sell my art to people I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Everything I make is a part of my soul and it truly feels like I’m omnipresent through my art. I’ve sold things to individuals in France and even the Netherlands! It makes me want to travel the world and say, “Thank-you!” There were many times were I thought I’d have to quit doing art but upon reflection I always realized I cannot do much else- and that is okay. Being alive is a gift, even if it sometimes hurts. Living life to the fullest, loving my fellow sentient beings, and expressing that love through art is the best way to use my gift.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My lovely friend Jenna is the one who Shouted me out for this interview and she is the one that lives in LA. However, I will say I love that building with the giant Kermit statue. It’s very ominous. I like the implication that Kermit the Frog is as tall as a building.
If you were to come to Fresno, CA for a good time I’d ask, “Why?” Then we’d probably just go to Dave and Buster’s.
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 want to give a shout-out to my support group. My friends that are always there for me, homies help homies, always. And I have a lot of homies. I especially want to thank my Great Uncle for treating me like his very own kid since I was 13 and giving me a stable home. Because of him I was able to graduate Highschool, attend college (drop out of college), and eventually meet my fiancé. If it weren’t for my Uncle’s support I would’ve never met the love of my life at sixteen years old at an open mic night in Grogg’s Irish Pub. Two young black comedians just giving it our all in a bar full of drinking adults. I can go on forever about my Great Uncle Norman and my fiancé, Kishawn. I could go on forever about the love in my heart.