We had the good fortune of connecting with Nakeyta Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nakeyta, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My work revolves around providing platforms for BIPOC visual and performance artists to express their journeys and speak their truths. I guess you could say, my work is about getting at the truth and uncovering histories of communities often suppressed and/or under represented. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed me to sail into uncharted territories like restaurants, coffee shops, and virtual showrooms, allowing me to work with artists not only across the country, but across the globe! My most recent live art exhibition, A Night for the Culture, integrated soul food and art with the tag line “a transcendence from the emotional and painful history that is Black America through honoring the joy, camaraderie, and magic within the black experience.” Each art exhibition comes with a public, virtual showroom that is open for 1 year, highlighting the artists and artworks presented! Through struggle we evolve and both current and historic times have shown us we must be innovative and “get creative” in whatever we aim to achieve. My work is about turning pain into power and showing others how to do the same!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Phew! Well where do we start! I am an art curator, performance and visual artist, model, and entrepreneur! The beauty in my work is that everything feeds into one another, either through inspiration or insight. I started out with fire performance and stilt walking in Miami, Florida, joined a cruise ship as a Art Gallery Director, then landed here in the City of Angels, with goals of enhancing my artistic and entrepreneurial skills. I think what makes my journey unique is that I get to experience all sides of coin; performance, production, and management. As a creative, I understand how support is just as important as grit, and through assisting other artists and performers, I have developed a stronger appreciation for “the hustle” and the small successes along the way. I overcome challenges with daily affirmations and looking to nature as my teacher. With the correct nurturing, an entire rainforest can grow from a single seed; I must nurture my craft so I can grow and foster growth in others. I want the world to know that the power of manifestation is real, but you must control your mind and check your vibrations. I want future generations to know I was a leader in service to others and that I came, I saw, and I conquered.
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.
Oh yes yes yes! Okay so Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for breakfast, Silverlake Ramen for lunch, and Pura Vita for a yummy vegan dinner. We definitely would have to hit the Melrose strip for the latest fashion trends and the best thrift shopping in town! We have to go to Venice and roller-skate down the boardwalk, all the way up to Pacific Palisades! Let’s go to The Abbey in West Hollywood for a couple of cocktails Saturday night and Mama Shelter for rooftop views and Sunday mimosas! We can visit The Peterson Automotive Museum to check out cars featured in classic movies and take photos at “Urban Light”, the famous public art installation in front of LACMA! There is so much to do inside the city, and outside the city, even more adventures await!
The most interesting thing about living in LA is how diverse the SOCAL landscape is! You can be in the mountains, at the beach, or in a hot spring in the middle of the desert in just a couple of hours! I personally love driving on the 10-E with the windows down, 80 degree weather, and looking in the distance to see beautifully snow capped mountains; Los Angeles is truly in the middle of a wonderland!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out THE SECRET CIRCUS LA, a queer warehouse cabaret, in DTLA! As a performer and co-producer of THE SECRET CIRCUS, I’d like to thank everyone who came to our shows, supported us through donations, fellow performers, and Chanel Samson of Chanel and the Circus for their incredible vision! I have always found a home at the circus and love how performance brings together all walks of life! I have made friends and family for a lifetime, met incredible talent, and aided in the creation of a safe space where any and everyone is welcomed!
Mary Margaret of Marmalade Clothing; Katina Cyler of Sweet Blessings; Danny Bullocks