We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyanna Renée Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyanna, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks has always been apart of my professional journey! As a wardrobe stylist and brand consultant, I spend most of my time discerning between which risks will cause the greatest gain for me and for my clients. Taking risks allows you to step into your full potential. The mystery of what’s on the other side of a risk is priceless. Yes, there are times when it’ll be less favorable, but we unlock our greatest strengths when we let go of fear. For instance, I was a junior in college on the path to be a therapist when I finally realized I could make my passion into a career. I had been working in fashion to supplement cost for school so it seemed natural to switch my focus, but I began doubting myself, self-sabotoging, and almost talked myself out of it completely. “You spent all this time and money on this.” “You won’t get a job.” “You’re not qualified.” All these insecurities flooded my mind, and then, it finally clicked! Time waits for no one, and if you continue to succumb to your insecurities, you’ll find every opportunity passing you by. One decision can be your best one yet so don’t be afraid of risk taking!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Working as a wardrobe stylist has helped me grow in so many ways. I’ve learned so much about myself and about people in general. Because this job is extremely personal, having people skills — professional and social — sets you apart from other stylists. Styling goes beyond just clothes. It’s being relatable, knowledgeable, organized, and resilient. After graduating, I interned to gain as much knowledge and understanding as I could about my industry. I took my time, researched what I didn’t know, and reached out to any and everyone I could to gain insight. Having that thirst for knowledge set me up for plenty of future opportunities. I acquired skills fairly quickly and put them to use even quicker. While I’m grateful for the things I’ve done, I’m so excited to see what the future holds. Even after this year in a pandemic, I’m learning to let go and allow life to come together as it should. I’ve learned that the desire to control everything is self-sabotage. For example, a clenched fist can receive nothing, but an open palm can give and receive! We do ourselves a disservice when we limit ourselves to only one outcome. Nothing comes easy, but the reward(s) are always worth the labor.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
FOOD!! Of course, there has to be multiple food stops during this trip. First up: BRUNCH! I really like this black owned restaurant in DTLA called Poppy + Rose, and another brunch place in Hollywood called Eat This Cafe (great bottomless mimosas)! LUNCH/DINNER: Here’s 4 restaurants I enjoy: Te’kila Hollywood (great drinks), The Kickin’ Crab (great seafood boils), Gyu-Khaku Beverly Hills (Japanese BBQ), and The Strand House in Manhattan Beach (great beach view)
Hikes: I love hiking the Wisdom Tree Trail in Griffith Park. It’s a fairly easy trail and only takes a max of 35 minutes to get to the top. Great view of all of LA County and San Fernando Valley.
BEACH DAY! How can you visit LA and not go to the beach? Of course, I’d take them to see Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade (food/shopping), but there’s also Dockweiler Beach where we could have a bond fire. Also, if it’s too crowded, Playa Vista beach is normally less busy. There’s also mini boat cruises around the marina and in the south bay areas that would be great too.
Shopping! The Beverly Center, The Grove, and Fox Hills are all great for traditional shopping so of course I’d give that as an option. In addition, I take a trip to Santee Alley for culture and atmosphere. The fashion, jewelry, and flower districts give so much to LA creatives so we pay homage!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shoutout my mom, Charmain Johnson!!! She has been there from the start of my journey and will be the last one trucking along with me! I’m so grateful and appreciative of how supportive she’s been even if she doesn’t understand. I tell her all the time how thankful I am that God’s blessed me with such a giving mom. You are so loved and appreciated, and I’m determined to return everything you’ve given to me 100x over. I pray blessings and safety over you, and I LOVE YOU! <3
Photographers – $HA, Daniel Fleka, Breana Otey, Jemimah Portraits, & JaviPhoto Clients- Reid Miller, GG Townson, Ray ‘Quasi’ Nelson II, and Kyanna Renee Styles 🙂