We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryanne De Milord and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryanne, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Easy. Giving up is the easy route. Although it’s tempting to take the easy route when life is constantly throwing obstacles your way, easy doesn’t equate to fulfilling. When I am tempted to give up or quit; When my dreams feel so far way and I get discouraged or it gets too hard, I’m forced to make a decision. I feel like we as humans, sometimes underestimate the power of a decision. There are many things that are outside of our control- we didn’t choose them, but you get to choose how you respond. I choose everyday not to give up. I may get angry, depressed, unmotivated some days, but I always choose to keep moving forward. My “why” is bigger than me. Everyone should have their own “why” and if giving up helps you accomplish your “why”, then do it. But if it doesn’t, why would you want to stop there ? Why not see it through ? I don’t want to reach the end of my life wandering, “What if …?” I have too many people to help, to support and uplift. If I stop, they may never get it from someone else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist first, realtor second ( Its a fairly recent career addition). Acting has always been apart of me since I was young. I started acting in church plays, skits, anything. That’s when I truly feel in love with it. I then went on to attend a Performing Arts High School with a focus in Theatre, and shortly after graduating, I got accepted into a BFA program for Acting. Sadly that was the year that Covid19 flipped the entire world upside. Along with that, it flipped the “planned out” course of my life. I had to leave the education that I fought so hard to obtain – going to acting school. I couldn’t afford it before Covid19, but I definitely couldn’t afford it during a Pandemic. I couldn’t put my mother through that – she was going deeper In debt for me to pursue my dream.
After leaving, I came back home so lost and defeated. I could’ve quit, but I decided to keep moving forward.
So I started trying stuff. For a good portion of my life, I was focused on one thing – Acting. I picking up camera started shooting some friends, styling them, creating my own aesthetic for shoots. I also started a Depop Store, where I sell my thrifted finds. First, I was doing it to just make a profit off of something I love to do, but now all purchases are being donated to a charity or cause of choice!
Then my father, introduced me to real estate around that time, but let’s be clear: I do NOT have a passion for selling homes. I DO have a passion to use the knowledge that I have obtained from getting my license to help people. Helping people is my passion, whether that’s artistically, business related or both. Buying a home is on of the biggest investments of your life. Most people aren’t educated on real estate because they don’t teach you that stuff in school…
Now I am pursuing both careers full time. It has definitely been a challenge and takes some serious discipline and focus, but giving up is not an option. I have had the opportunity to be apart of theatre and film productions, and photoshoot. I am blessed and grateful for every lesson, every victory and every disappointment. They all have shaped me into who I am and who I will be. God has been good to me.
I realized that a big part of life is about your pivot. You have to be able to pivot at any given time. It’s not based on your feelings nor your comfortability, its about what you have to do to fulfill your “why”. It’s futile to your success.
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 say that a trip to the beach is a must ! I’ve personally been to the Santa Monica Pier and thought it was gorgeous. You can sit on the beach or you can walk along pier and just take amount to absorb all the beauty and culture. From gift stores, to live performers, to live artist sculpting or painting. For someone who hasn’t been to LA, I would say that visiting the Grove and doing some shopping is a move. Also if you didn’t want to shop, there are some restaurants to sit and eat as well while taking in all the beautiful scenery. I love Mexican food, I had Chicas Tacos and they were chef’s kiss, so I highly recommend. Lastly, I love a good museum and the LACMA showcased some amazing art with several exhibits.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most importantly, I have to thank God. He’s the reason I’m here and has orchestrated the course my life. I owe everything to Him; the good, bad, and everything in between. I also want to thank all my friends, family, strangers, anyone who has supported, encouraged and even doubted me. All was fuel to get me to this point & still is.
I want to thank my business partner, Simone Grooms, we reconnected & deputed our first short film & company: @WavyBaby9pro. Over in ATL, I want to thank Moonlite Studios for allowing me to be part of a collective of artistic individuals that are on the rise and taking over! Also my brother, Swade of CantBuy, who has always pushed me to be the realest version of myself at all times.
Last but not least, I want to thank one of my biggest supporters, my forever love, Justin Ortiz, or better known as @LilPapiCuts
Photographer : T’Shauna Henry @ creativitiea, Carli @ doublewide00, Javane Stewart @javanestewart , Truelove Jean Louis @ruenoire_