We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaleemah Morse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaleemah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Me and risk taking have a love hate relationship lol. When I was younger I took risk after risk and every single time i ended up in places I’d never thought i’d be. Not too long ago I used to impulsively move states, travel, network, and take creative risks with my art projects. While doing so I’ve obtained wonderful friends, multiple skills, opportunities, and experiences I will never forget. Ever since I was young, I’d watch my parents take risks all the time. This made it easy to try new things and venture out of my bubble. In all my year of risk taking (and more to come), I had to learn that no matter the outcome when taking that risk, there is always something to learn from it which you can take with you and apply to the next stage in your life. I think that not only creatives but everyone should take risks that benefit them, their lives, and careers. You learn from every mistake and it’s always worth it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. What separates me from others is that i put my all into my art. Anything I do, I want it to be the best it can. I always check my work multiple times and I may even start over. Everything I do has to have meaning behind it, whether it’s something that came to me in a dream or something that was inspired by others themes or works of art. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? Speaking of risk taking… that’s how I got where I am now! It was not easy at all, there was a lot of emotions and challenges I’ve had to push through. I’ve made plenty of mistakes from losing money out of my own pockets to publishing works of art with mistakes or typos. All in all, taking my time and doing my research really helped me avoid repeating previous mistakes. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned to never rush projects, double check facts and resources, and never put anything out in the world that don’t match up with your values or morals. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I want everyone to know that I am not perfect, I’ve been doing this for a long time, I still have alot to learn, and even though it may seem easy to create such beautiful art work, it’s not. I have mishaps and challenges like everyone else. All I aspire to do is to inspire and help other with their art. This is what I love to do and can’t see myself doing anything else. I do it for the misfits.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Where would you take them? Amsterdam, Netherlands Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week-long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc. In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places, or things to check out? If I was to take anybody anywhere it would be Amsterdam. Out of all the places I’ve gone so far, the heart of Amsterdam is my favorite. A week-long vacation would consist of waking up at a decent time in a nice hotel with a view, but just in time to make breakfast. While planning if we should go to The Moco or The Stedelijk, we can sit at a “cafe” and conversate while we people watch and reminisce. Come afternoon, we can hop on the trail, uber, or even bike to either museum. On the way, there will be a plethora of street art and architecture to see. If we have enough time, we might be able to shop a little at SOLEBOX for some sneakers or cool streetwear. When you wanna shop for luxury we can always go to the luxury shops next to the Vondelpark. If it’s not too cold for my hands lol, I usually like to stop and take a couple of photographs of my surroundings for creative purposes. After all, that walking around a nap is always in order, and when waking up I’d probably be hungry. The perfect way to end the night would be to stop for dinner and wine at a bar like The Butcher.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to mention my family and friends from all of the support throughout the years! I’ve been doing art since I was extremely young and I’m going to be doing it for the rest of my life. There was never a moment that my family and friends did not support what I was doing. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know how I would’ve kept going. Especially my mom, siblings, aunts, uncle, and cousins. My creative friends are a huge part of me also. They are eccentric and kind hearted. My friends inspire me creatively all the time and being around like minded people can really produce new ideas.