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

Hi Juni, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?

I believe the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is love with a purpose by being intentional, vulnerable, and loving without limits through pure authenticity. By doing so I see a freedom in my son, a passion and beauty for life, a spark, a creative nature. It’s the fact he just knows I support him fully, that I’m proud of him, and he can genuinely pursue life freely.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a representation of my experience. It embodies the testimony of many. At my core I would say it’s vibrant, colorful, bold, and versatile. It captures the seasons, it’s in the moment, but it’s delivered right on time for each individual. There’s a certain freedom, a type of conceptual take that’s comfortable, that produces connection, fellowship, a conversation. It’s what you need when you need it.

I would say helping others makes me proud. I love to see people bettering themselves. Each design is an intentional way for me to service others. The thought and motto of Outwardly Awkwardly is “True Power is to know Yourself. To hear the call and walk towards It.” For me this means progress in different areas; it could be going inward to know yourself on a deeper level, maybe a release of emotions, it may capture a moment, spark an idea, express heritage, community, culture through style, or it might just be for pure enjoyment. It’s truly a pleasure for me to share my experience in my art.

In order to get where I am today I had to get over myself. I had to realize the risk of settling for me was hoarding my creativity, my art, my designs, my passions. I’ve had so many people pour into me and I really just want to do the same in my own way.

Following my dreams hasn’t been easy. I would say the creative part has always felt natural, while being in the eye of the public, interacting, and networking made me uncomfortable. As a business owner I had to learn how to be social beyond comfort zones. I also realized my brand, my work is an expression of my walk and the steps I take in life, so I move accordingly. This means facing my fears, being consistent, and balancing different areas of my life. I would say it has been a process of growth.

I’ve learned life is meant to be experienced. Take my time, don’t scale too fast. Understand that mistakes will be made, L’s will be taken. Gratitude is so important. Listen to my first mind and go at my own pace. Fear is natural, but don’t be afraid to move forward, just trust the process. Everyone won’t get it, but my tribe will.

Everything that I’ve been through so far has led up to this moment. I share my journey to help others. It’s the connection for me, the fellowship.

The Brand Outwardly Awkwardly is a lifestyle brand created out of the need for pure freedom. It is the brand of authenticity. We don’t shy away from the hard topics of life or veer away from new travels or destinations, we welcome and meet each individual where they are and walk with them along the way. We grow and take steps as you do. We aspire to inspire others to live there best lives.

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’m big on experiences, Places to eat-
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine On Sunset, Arts Subs in Woodland Hills, Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken in Culver City, Nonna’s Italian Restaurant in San Bernardino, Island Boy Cafe, BlaqHaus NoHo, Hawkins House of Burgers, Merkato Restaurant

Drinks- Fiesta Cantina West Hollywood, Raquel’s Jazz Lounge Rialto, 1010 Wine and events, Malibu Wine Safari, Eddie V’s The Hope Diamond, Rhythm Room L.A

Visit-
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Catalina island, Lakers or Clippers Game, Dodgers Game, Griffith observatory, Antelope Valley Poppy, Los Angeles County Museum, the Hollywood Bowl

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?
On my Journey I’ve come to understand that help, support, love, and a good word comes exactly when I need it. First I would like to thank God, my Lord and savior, for having a plan and purpose for my life and for placing what I need and when I need it in front of me. Second to my mother Kelly Dukes for loving me like only you know how and to my older sister Kanesha Burt, thank you for your help raising me and supporting me through the years. To Wayne and Tamario Funn, you filled in the gap as extended father, mother, and mentors at a time most important to a teenage girl. I want to thank Pastor Leon and Dr. Letisha Hines of “Vessels of Honor Ministries,” for jump starting my spiritual growth, by making the Word palpable, while wrapped in love. To the author of “The Alchemist,” Paulo Coelho for setting my mind on fire, truly inspiring, “It’s about having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” To Ermias Asghedom, also known as, “Nipsey Hussle,” you ran your marathon well and left a blueprint full of words of wisdom and growth. Last, but most definitely not least, I am truly thankful for all of my family, friends, coaches, mentors, educators, authors, leaders, and all those that have poured into me in so many facets. I truly thank you because without you I wouldn’t be me.

Website: www.outwardlyawkwardly.com

Instagram: @outwardlyawkwardly

Facebook: @outwardlyawkwardly.fashion

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Image Credits
Image 1 Nilo Burkhalter @87Photography87 Image 3- @deltronblaps Image 7- Kris @kstyles.images

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