We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariah Woods and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As an artist, the risk is built into every facet of our work: people could love it, or they could hate it, or somewhere in between. You could be very successful, or very underrated, or somewhere in between. But with great risks comes gratitude for the journey we’re all on as artists, and every lesson learned along the way. The one constant in the life of an artist is risk, so I’ve adapted my entire life to taking big risks in hopes for big payoffs, sometimes settling for the lessons learned instead.
My life’s philosophy is “Progression, not perfection,” which takes the fear out of making risky decisions for me because, at the very least, I’ll have the reward of having bet on myself, and possibly (hopefully) much much more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have created and am in the process of expanding a lifestyle brand website and community, Textured Heir, a platform for the metamorphosis of Black womxn, which can be found at Texturedheir.com Textured Heir is a brand that celebrates Black womxnhood and growth. We pay homage to the Black pioneers who’ve laid the foundation for our work while forging a new path for Black women’s futures.
We have a website that houses our editorial pieces, personal essays, and collaborative pieces. We have a YouTube Channel which explores many topics ranging from Black womxn’s treatment on social media, to the worst types of men on dating apps, and we have three podcasts. Does It Hold Up? Is a podcast celebrating Black filmmaking and music, we listen to films that are canonical in Black culture and ask “Does it hold up, or was it just a product of its time?” Our second podcast, Where My Girls At?, explores the influence of Black womxn in Hip-Hop culture, and we use it as a platform to uplift Black womxn in Hip-Hop music and culture. Our third podcast, The Blacklist, is an exploration and celebration of classic Black Hollywood pioneers from the twentieth century. Our brand is growing fast and we are excited about many things to come and about the foundation we have laid.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take my friends to all my favorite food spots, Bludsoe’s BBQ, El Coyote Mexican Cafe, and of course the BEACH!!!!! Probably Point Dume but maybe also Santa Monica for the vibes, then we’d go to my favorite Farmers Market in Larchmont Village! 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’d like to dedicate this to my Textured Heir team! Without them, none of what I do would be possible!