We had the good fortune of connecting with Raymi The Artist and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raymi, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My mom has owned and operated her own business now for 28 years in Beverly, the South Side of Chicago. She did not initially want me to follow in her steps because she wanted me to have toe college experience in which she did not have. So I finished school and went the traditional route of getting a job in corporate America. While working there for about 4-5 years, I learned so much about business and about myself. During that time, I learned that I am truly an artist and in order to express myself and walk in my true purpose, I needed to work for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everyone (if possible) should get some retail experience because it gives you lessons that cannot be taught in school. However business is business no matter what the genre or area. Having a structured system is so important for growth. I meet so many different people and I learned how to navigate in a world that isn’t necessarily set up for you to win and be truly successful. I overcame so many challenges and made so many friends. I love being in business for myself and think it is one of the best decisions I’ve made to date!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I pride myself on constantly working to better my crafts! I rap, dance, sing, do hair, nails, paint, and I’m a mixologist! The hardest part was leaving a salary plus commission job to spreading my own wings to take flight. Once I took that leap of faith, it was UP from there and I began to grow as an artist. I learned that failures are a part of the process and that they are one step closer to success or your breakthrough. I’ve also learned that vision and faith in that vision is SO important. You would not be blessed with that vision if it were not possible for you to achieve it. I want the world to know that. I also want the world to know that in a world of so much chaos and confusion, it’s ok to be just who YOU are. That’s what my art represents, real things, real work, real hustle, real drive and a real person who has been through so much but still can dive for light and love no matter what life throws at you.
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.
I would take them downtown Chicago and would probably take Lakeshore Drive to give them the best view. Our downtown is unmatched! Ron of Japan is my favorite place to eat since I was a child. There are so many beautiful restaurants and places to visit in our city. I love to dance so depending on the day we would most definitely go hang out in one of the many clubs that my friends promote at in the Gold Coast. There are also a few spots on the South Side that are fun!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow! There are so many people that have supported me along my journey! So much love and support came from my immediate family, my salon family, friends and a host of mentors who want to see me win!