We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamara Farai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamara, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think we should all take risk in life- it allows us to step out of our comfort zones which brings change and growth. Facing one’s fears of uncertainty, think builds character and skills we need through our lives…. That makes one resilient. no matter how many times you get knocked down, you’ve learned how to bounce back and keep going. Which I believe betters your chances of achieving your goals.
I’m originally from Oregon and moving from my hometown to an entire different city I’d never been to at 23 , with no family or friends and little money… I wouldn’t be where I am now had I not took the risk of leaving what I knew behind to pursue my goals.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m most proud of not giving up on myself. . I’ve faced many challenges along my journey that would make one want to quit. But having the courage to keep believing in yourself – to continue to show up no matter the circumstances… It’s much easier to give up and quit then to keep going.
I think Being a creative- We go through those moments of stillness and what at times feels like a creative block . where you feel like you just can’t create anything but I’ve learned in those times that’s when the art is actually being made- Because there is something that needed to be unearthed within you. Something you needed to learn . Life experiences you needed for growth which all was inspiration needed for your art.
What am I excited about ? Right now I’m excited about a series of pantings I’m working on . which is 10 pieces.
Its taken quite some time but it’s finally almost done lol . And I’m very excited about that.
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.
When family visits here in LA – Little Ethiopia is good place to start for food.
And anyone in the African diaspora- we show up at leimert park for the festivities. lol those are the first places I’m taking you.
Although , LA has many beautiful places here to go. Venice and Santa Monica beach being a couple… can’t forget about the lovely Botanical gardens and also, all of the dope vegan spots this city has to offer .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Susan friendman- Her wealth of knowledge in art – as a former NYU graduate and business women. She has taught and shown me sooo many things as it pertains to Art.
Not only has she supported me endlessly but has also believed in me in every sense of the word when I didn’t even believe in myself. I think Mentorship is an integral part of personal development for any Individual and I don’t know where I would be without her.
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