We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Brie Briscoe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca Brie, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I’ve wanted to give up on several occasions. More times than I’d actually like to admit. There is always that little voice inside of your head that tries to talk you out of your dream. The obstacles are tremendous, and you start to think your’e crazy for trying to pull off whatever it is that you are pursuing. I’ve learned that the desire to live the life you want, on your own terms, has to be greater than the doubt. It sounds cliche, but you have to have the faith to keep going. With consistency and hard work, success will come. I knew very early on that I did not want to work a traditional 9-5 office job, in a cubicle, with flourescent lighting. I respect people that choose that path, but I have always known that was not my path. It’s important to note, however, that I have had to work a lot of “gig” jobs to pay the bills while I pursued my dreams. I have made so many sacrifices, but there has always been something deep inside of me telling me that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing with my life. When I’m creating, I am my happiest. I lose track of time, get lost in my work, and feel my best. That is how I know that I am on the right path and that I need to keep going.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Tell Us more about your art. What are you most proud of or excited about?
I am an artist and designer. I went to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for fashion design, so I have that skill set. I worked as a fashion stylist and have a deep appreciation for fabulous clothes and interiors. However, I’m an artist first and I work in different mediums, not just fashion. I love painting, drawing and collaging –– and all of those things are incorporated in my work. I don’t like to be pigeon holed into doing one thing and bounce freely between fashion and art.
Currently I am finishing up a holiday collection of candles, ornaments and gift wrapping paper that I designed and am very excited about. I’m releasing a limited edition line of fine art prints this summer. And I’m also working on a pajama line that will be out first quarter 2022.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
I got to where I am today by refusing to give up on my dream for my life. It started with owning the fact that I am an artist––which was really one of the most challenging parts. Once I got out of my own way and honored my talents, the universe responded. I make what’s in my heart and put it out into the world. Hopefully people like it but if not that’s ok too. I just love to create.
If not how did you overcome the challenges?
There is nothing easy about about pursuing a creative career. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. There is no blueprint laid our for you, like there is if you choose to become a doctor or lawyer; so much of the journey is based on unwaivering faith.
What sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart is my eye. I’ve had a unique life experience that goes directly into my work. I have lived in many different cities and currently have an apartment in Kingston Jamaica where I spend a lot of time. I love to travel and see the world.
What are the lessons you learned along the way?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you have to be all in if you want to make it as a creative. You are going to be tested daily so perseverance is key. Your life and the choices you make might not make sense to a lot of people––family and friends included, but you have to follow your heart. I always say your intuition is actually God.
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.
As a native of LA, I feel like I have done all of the obvious things that LA has to offer-Malibu, hiking in the canyons, eating at trendy restaurants etc. These days I seek out spots that are a little less obvious.
Leimert Park in the Crenshaw district is a lovely space that has fought to fend off gentrification and maintain a strong black cultural presence. I love what it feels like to spend time there. There are still some really cool black owned spaces there like ESO Won bookstore, Harun Coffee, and Sole Folks for clothes. The Underground Museum is another one of my favorites. They have great exhibits and pre-Covid they’d host outdoor yoga and movie nights in their garden.
For food, I love the Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. It’s a nice vibe and has a little bit of everything food wise.
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?
My best friend and business partner Robyn Price-Pierre and my sister Skyler are definitely two of my biggest supporters. However, there are several people in my life past and present that have inspired and encouraged me along the way. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) ,where I studied fashion design changed my life, particularly my teacher , famed artist Nick Cave, who constantly reminded me that I can create the life that I want to live. He showed me first hand that anything is possible when you lean fully into your creativity.
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All photos taken by Skyler Dufelmeier